Tar Heels Pick Up 2020 In-State Verbal from North Carolina 3A State Champion Boyd Poelke

Boyd Polke UNC
Photo Courtesy: Roy Burch

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NEW COMMIT: Waxhaw, N.C. native Boyd Poelke has an announced his in-state verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina and will join the Tar Heels as a member of the class of 2024.

Poelke does his club swimming with SwimMAC Carolina and owns five Winter Juniors standards with the U.S. Open cut in the 100 fly. He recorded a pair of lifetime bests at Juniors East last month where he finished fourth in the 100 fly. He finaled in the 100m fly at Junior Nationals this past summer and took third in the 200 fly at Greensboro Speedo Sectionals last March.

Also competing for Marvin Ridge High School, Poelke is a four-time North Carolina 3A State Championship finalist. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American won the 50 free and was the 100 fly runner-up during his sophomore season after placing second and third, respectively, in those events as a freshman.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I am ecstatic to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! A huge thank you to all my coaches, friends, and family for all their support through this incredible journey. GO HEELS!!”

His best times include:

  • 100 fly – 47.59
  • 200 fly – 1:48.97
  • 50 free – 20.80
  • 100 free – 45.34
  • 200 free – 1:40.24

Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before arriving in Chapel Hill, Poelke would’ve scored in the C-final of the 100 fly at the 2018 ACC Championships. He’ll have one year of overlap to train with Alvin Jiang, UNC’s only scorer in that event at last season’s conference meet.

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    UNC’s too flyer finished 18th at ACC’s last year….