Four-Time South Carolina State Champion Matt Fortson Sends Verbal to Army

Four-Time South Carolina State Champion Matt Fortson Sends Verbal to Army

NEW COMMIT: Futures qualifier Matt Fortson out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has verbally committed to Army West Point beginning in Fall 2025.

He will join Lewis Esterly as a member of the Black Knights’ Class of 2029.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

I’m blessed to announce my commitment to swim at the United States Military Academy. This has been a lifelong dream and I can’t wait to join my brother and father in the Long Grey Line. I would like to thank my family, coaches, friends, and the entire Army coaching staff for supporting and believing in me. Go Army! Beat Navy!

Primarily a backstroker and butterflyer, Fortson does his club swimming with Wahoo Aquatic Club and had five top-10 finishes at South Carolina Short Course Seniors back in February. Last summer, he took fifth in the 200m back at South Carolina Long Course Seniors before going on to compete at San Antonio Futures.

His best times include:

  • 100 back – 51.11
  • 200 back – 1:50.87
  • 100 fly – 48.85
  • 200 fly – 1:53.88

Currently a junior at Porter Gaud School, Fortson won the 100 fly and 200 free at the South Carolina Independent Schools State Championships last fall. He earned gold in the 100 fly and 100 back during his sophomore season after securing runner-up finishes in those events as a freshman.

Under head coach Brandt Nigro, the Black Knights finished second in the team standings at the 2024 Patriot League Championships.

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