Ty Powers, High School Champion and Junior Nationals Finalist, Commits To Tennessee

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GAINESVILLE, Georgia, October 7. TENNESSEE’S sprint program will add some strong firepower next season, with the announcement that Ty Powers will head to Knoxville to become a Volunteer.

Powers, the younger brother of current Michigan freshman and junior Pan Pac champion Paul Powers, is a rising freestyle talent in his own right. He’s best in short course yards, as evidenced by his 20.36 in the 50 free at last December’s junior nationals representing Splash Aquatic Club. He’s also posted a 45.66 in the 100-yard free this year for a lifetime best. Powers won the 50 free at this past season’s Georgia 1A-5A high school championships with a 20.59.

Powers also has potential in the 100 breaststroke. He was third at the Georgia high school state meet in February with a lifetime best 57.11 but improved on that with a 56.35 a month later.

“This was a very challenging decision for me, but after spending the weekend with Coach Kredich and his staff, and seeing the direction, intensity and focus of their men’s program, I knew this is where I needed to be in order to develop to the next level as a swimmer and to achieve my personal goals both in and out of the pool,” Powers said. “The team spirit at Tennessee was awesome! They felt like family. They also share my same values and discipline, while having a lot of fun at the same time. The academic support structure for athletes at Tennessee was the best, which is very important to my future.”

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Author: Jeff Commings

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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