Five-Time South Carolina 4A Champ Kevin Geist Verbals to Villanova

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NEW COMMIT: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina’s Kevin Geist will make the move to Villanova next fall after giving his verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Geist is the nephew of USA Swimming 1996 Olympian Peter Wright.

Geist swims year-round with Hilton Head Aquatics and achieved 100% best times this summer at the SC LCM Championships where he earned the silver in the 100m fly and bronze in the 200m fly. He raced the former at Juniors East last winter and placed second in the event at SC SCY Champs in February. He notched a pair of lifetime bests at NCSA Junior Nationals in March as well.

Also swimming for Hilton Head High School, Geist is an eight-time South Carolina State Championship finalist and has won five of those eight events. He was named champion in the 200 free and 100 fly as both a senior and a junior and earned the gold in the latter during his sophomore season.

He told Swimming World:

“I am excited and honored to announce my verbal commitment to Villanova University. I am grateful to the coaching staff for the opportunity to contribute to an amazing team. Villanova offers excellent academics and a highly competitive swim program. Go Cats!”

His best times include:

  • 100 fly – 50.37
  • 200 fly – 1:52.77
  • 100 free – 48.23
  • 200 free – 1:43.40

When he suits up for the Wildcats as a member of the class of 2023, Geist will join a young but talented fly training group that includes Jesse Marsh and Jordan Fetterman. He would’ve scored in the B-final of both fly events at the 2018 Big East Championships where Villanova finished second overall in the team standings.

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1 comment

  1. avatar

    I’ve never met Peter Wright and I’m not an Olympian. But I know Peter is an Olympian, not a former Olympian.