Virginia Scores 2022 Verbal from North Carolina 4A State Champion Braeden Haughey

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Virginia men have kicked off their Class of 2026 recruiting with a big verbal commitment from Olympic Trials qualifier Braeden Haughey of Apex, N.C.

Haughey also owns the fastest time in his class in the 1000 free.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I am extremely excited to announce that I have decided to verbally commit to the University of Virginia. My parents and my coaches at the TAC Titans were a huge support to me throughout the entire process, and I couldn’t have done it without them. UVA’s amazing academics and athletics make me thrilled to have the opportunity to attend, and I can’t wait to be swimming with you all. GO HOOS!”

Haughey does his club swimming with TAC Titans and is the owner of three Trials cuts with several U.S. Open and Junior National standards. He picked up three best times in intrasquad meets this past summer after winning the 1000 free at Cary Sectionals in March. At the Toyota U.S. Open, he placed 25th in the 400m IM.

In summer 2019, Haughey earned gold in the 400m free at North Carolina LCM Seniors where he also grabbed bronze in the 400m IM and placed fourth in the 800m free. He then went on to win the 400m free and 200m back at Greensboro Futures while adding a fifth-place showing in the 400m IM.

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:39.01
  • 500 free – 4:26.44
  • 1000 free – 9:05.39
  • 1650 free – 15:18.49
  • 100 back – 49.77
  • 200 back – 1:45.78
  • 200 IM – 1:50.85
  • 400 IM – 3:56.91

Currently a junior at Middle Creek High School, Haughey is already a four-time individual North Carolina 4A State Championship finalist. He won the 500 free and was the runner-up in the 200 free as a sophomore while taking second and fifth, respectively, in those events during his freshman season.

He has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for his efforts in the pool and in the classroom.

Even with just under two years to go before suiting up for the Cavaliers at the start of the 2022-23 season, Haughey will make a big impact in the distance events and 400 IM. He would’ve been their second fastest miler and ranked No. 4 on the team last year in the 400 IM, and he would’ve placed 17th in the mile at the 2020 ACC Championships.

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