Virginia 3A State Champion Nick Talati Sends Verbal to Blue Devils

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NEW COMMIT: Duke University has gained a new verbal commitment for the fall of 2019, this time from Yorktown, Va. native Nick Talati.

Talati swims for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins under head coach Jack Bierie and has achieved four Winter Juniors standards. He capped off his long course season with a personal best in all of his events at Richmond Futures and recorded five top-8 finishes. He had a pair of lifetime bests at NCSA Juniors in March and competed at Junior Nationals East last winter.

Talati is a senior at Tabb High School and has earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors twice during his career. He was the 200 free champion and the 100 fly runner-up at the VHSL 3A State meet as a junior. During his freshman campaign, he placed third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 500 free.

He told Swimming World:

“I chose Duke because of the unbelievably friendly and welcoming coaches and team. From the moment I set foot on campus on my first unofficial visit, I’ve been in love with the university. Duke offers unparalleled academics and athletics, and the swim team is far and away the best I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to attend the university next fall…GO BLUE DEVILS!”
His best times include:
  • 100 Fly – 49.71
  • 200 Fly – 1:49.68
  • 100 Free – 46.37
  • 200 Free – 1:41.18
  • 200 IM – 1:53.55
  • 400 IM – 4:01.28
Talati will make an immediate impact when he suits up for the Blue Devils as a member of the class of 2023. His best fly times would’ve ranked high on Duke’s lineup last season and he’ll join a training group that includes Miles Williams, Daichi Matsuda and Spencer LaFata.