Two-Time Georgia State Champion Henry Bethel Verbally Commits to Indiana for 2021

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Photo Courtesy: Henry J. Bethel Instagram (@its_me_hjb)

NEW COMMIT: Dalton, Ga. native Henry Bethel announced his verbal commitment to the Indiana Hoosiers via Instagram and will arrive in Bloomington as a member of the class of 2025.

Bethel, who owns six Summer Juniors standards, does his club swimming with Carpet Capital Aquatics Club and is coming off a stellar long course season where he placed 16th in the 100m breast and 17th in the 200m IM at Junior Nationals. Last winter, he recorded 100% best times at Georgia SCY Seniors where he won the 100 breast before going on to place ninth in the 100 breast at NCSAs.

A current junior at Dalton High School, Bethel is already a four-time Georgia 6A/7A State Championship finalist. He won the 100 breast and 200 IM as a sophomore after earning the runner-up spot in both of those events during his freshman season. He has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for his efforts.

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Photo Courtesy: Henry J. Bethel Instagram (@its_me_hjb)

His best times include:

  • 100 breast – 54.72
  • 200 breast – 2:04.80
  • 200 IM – 1:50.25
  • 400 IM – 4:04.43
  • 100 free – 48.01
  • 200 free – 1:40.79
  • 100 back – 52.69

When he arrives in Bloomington as a member of the class of 2024, Bethel will add his talents to a breaststroke training group led by Zane Backes, Jassen Yep, Gary KostbadeMatt Jerden, and Andrew Couchon. He would’ve scored in the C-final of the 100 breast at the 2019 Big Ten Championships where Indiana won their third-straight title, and he’ll look to carry his recent long course success heading into the upcoming short course season. The Hoosiers have a history of producing top breaststrokers, include 2019 NCAA 100 breast champion Ian Finnerty and Olympic bronze medalist Cody Miller.

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