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Backstroker Will Barker of the Beaufort Bluefins in North Carolina is staying in-state with a verbal dedication to UNC-Wilmington. Barker is a rising senior at Croatan Excessive Faculty.
I’m past stoked to announce my verbal dedication to swim and research at UNC-Wilmington for the 2021-2022 faculty 12 months and past. I wish to thank God, my mother and father & household, coaches, teammates and mates who’ve all the time supported me. Go Hawks!
- 50 free – 20.92
- 100 free – 45.56
- 50 again – 23.05
- 100 again – 49.03
- 200 again – 1:49.19
- 100 fly – 51.60
In an e-mail to SwimSwam, Barker mentioned that newly announced head coach Bobby Guntoro, former NC State affiliate head coach, was a giant consider his resolution.
“I used to be wanting round at many various faculties to proceed my tutorial and athletic profession – even having a number of official visits canceled as a result of pandemic,” mentioned Barker. “However when a coach like Bobby Guntoro calls you up and asks if you wish to be a part of a dream crew, my search was over! Coach Guntoro’s ardour, aggressive nature and profitable monitor file mirrored mine, so there was no query that I might turn out to be a UNC-Wilmington Seahawk.”
Barker, who swims and in addition performs lacrosse for Croatan Excessive Faculty, has received seven North Carolina 1A/2A state titles in swimming thus far. Two of these titles had been particular person; in 2019, Barker received the 100 free (46.31) and took third within the 100 again (50.05) on the 1A/2A champs. In 2020, this previous February, he received the 100 again (49.03) and completed runner-up within the 100 free (45.56). He was 23.05 main off Croatan’s successful 200 medley relay and break up a 20.47 anchoring their victorious 200 free relay.
The Seahawk males completed second on the 2020 Colonial Athletic Affiliation Championships with 780 factors, 93 behind champions William & Mary (873). They simply graduated Will Countie, the defending convention champ within the 100 again (46.49). Countie additionally touched second on the convention meet within the 200 again (1:44.63) and was the Seahawks’ medley backstroker.
Virtually each member of UNC-Wilmington’s backstroke group simply graduated, although they do return rising junior Brent Hoshall (50.4/1:47.2). Final 12 months, Barker would’ve been the next-best 100 backstroker behind Countie and the third-best 200 backstroker with Countie and Hoshall forward.
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