NC State Wolfpack Add 2021 Verbals from In-State Standouts Garrett Boone, Sam Hoover

Sam Hoover
Photo Courtesy: Chris Hoover

NEW COMMITS: The Wolfpack has received some big commitments in the past few days for their growing class of 2025, and have recently scored a pair of in-state verbals. Garrett Boone of Charlotte has pledged his verbal to NC State, as has Chapel Hill native Sam Hoover.


A versatile swimmer, Boone swims year-round with Aquatic Team Of Mecklenburg and owns the Olympic Trials cut in the 100m back in addition to multiple U.S. Open standards. He placed 13th in the 50m free and 14th in the 100m free at Junior Nationals this past summer after earning bronze in the 200m back at NC LCM Seniors. Last winter, he raced both backstroke events at Nationals before going on to finish 18th in the 200 IM and 19th in the 200 back at Juniors East.

Also competing for South Mecklenburg High School, Boone is a four-time North Carolina 4A State Championship finalist and has earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors. He won the 100 free and grabbed bronze in the 200 IM as a sophomore after finishing seventh in both the 100 free an 200 free during his freshman season.

Regarding his commitment, he said – short and sweet:

“Go Pack!”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.26
  • 100 free – 44.82
  • 200 free – 1:36.65
  • 500 free – 4:27.55
  • 100 back – 50.19
  • 200 back – 1:47.47
  • 100 fly – 48.65
  • 200 fly – 1:48.27
  • 200 IM – 1:47.49
  • 400 IM – 3:57.84


Also owning multiple U.S. Open cuts like his future teammate Boone, Hoover does his club swimming with North Carolina Aquatic Club. He placed eighth in the 100m free at Junior Nationals this past summer after registering four top-10 finishes and best times at NC LCM Seniors. He raced six events last winter at Juniors East before going on to win the 200 IM and score three silvers at Greensboro Sectionals.

A current junior at Chapel Hill Senior High School, Hoover is a four-time North Carolina 3A State Championship finalist. The two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American won the 100 free and 100 breast during his sophomore season after placing fifth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 breast during rookie campaign.

He told Swimming World:

“I am super psyched to announce my commitment to NC State! A huge thanks to all my coaches, teammates and my parents who helped me get here! #pbg #ncstate25”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.30
  • 100 free – 44.43
  • 200 free – 1:37.84
  • 500 free – 4:32.32
  • 100 breast – 55.05
  • 200 breast – 2:00.74
  • 100 fly – 48.92
  • 200 IM – 1:48.78

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