Georgia Keeps Backstroker Hailey Dopson In State For 2025-26

Georgia Keeps Backstroker Hailey Dopson In State For 2025-26

NEW COMMIT: The University of Georgia has secured a new verbal commitment for the 2025-26 season and beyond from in-state standout Hailey Dopson of Snellville, Ga.

She told Swimming World:

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Georgia!! I would like to thank Coach Stefanie and her staff for providing me this life-changing opportunity. I would also like to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. A huge thank you to my wonderful, family, teammates, friends, and everyone else who has provided endless support. Lastly, I would like to thank Coach Chris Davis Sr. , Chris Davis Jr., Scot Davis, Willie Hildebrand, Eric Rovie, Jack Gayle, Kathy Ruffing, and all of the other coaches who have helped me achieve this lifelong dream of mine. I am so excited to be a Dawg, ‘Sic ‘Em!!”
Primarily a backstroker, Dopson does her club swimming with SwimAtlanta and most recently competed at Juniors East after two top-10 finishes at Georgia Seniors. She raced to 10th and 11th place, respectively, in the 100m and 200m backstroke events at Ocala Futures this past summer.
Her best times include:
  • 100 back – 54.30
  • 200 back – 2:00.28
  • 100 free – 51.22
  • 200 free – 1:51.89

Currently a junior at Brookwood High School, Dopson placed second in the 100 back and third in the 100 free at the 2023 Georgia 7A State Championships. She took third and eighth, respectively, in those events during her freshman season.

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