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Turkish Nationwide Champion Defne Tacyildiz Chooses Georgia Tech for 2021


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Georgia Tech has picked up a verbal dedication for fall 2021 from Turkish nationwide champion Defne Tacyildiz.

The Turkey-GT pipeline continues; on the lads’s facet, 800 free Turkish record-holder Mert Kilavuz and Nationwide Group member Berke Saka are already a part of the category of 2025. Additional, 200 free Turkish record-holder Batur Unlu is a part of the GT males’s class of 2024.

I’m so excited and honored to announce my verbal dedication to swim and examine at Georgia Tech! My household, coaches and teammates have been so supportive on this complete course of and I couldn’t be extra grateful to have them in my life and by my facet. I’m so fortunate to have the chance to be part of such a tremendous workforce. Can’t wait to be part of the yellow jacket household! 🐝


  • 200 free – 2:05.48 / 1:50.55
  • 400 free – 4:21.13 / 4:52.36
  • 100 fly – 1:01.71 / 54.86
  • 200 fly – 2:10.95 / 1:56.73
  • 200 IM – 2:19.16 / 2:01.77
  • 400 IM – 4:51.45 / 4:16.49

Final summer season, Tacyildiz made the 200 fly ultimate on the 2019 World Junior Championships, ending seventh general (2:12.72). Previous to that meet, Tacyildiz certified for the 200 fly ultimate on the 2019 European Junior Championships, putting fifth within the ultimate (2:12.09).

On the 2020 Turkish Spring Nationals in March, Tacyildiz gained nationwide titles within the 100 fly (1:01.71) and 200 fly (2:10.95), notching private bests in each.

Tacyildiz is certainly one of Georgia Tech’s high feminine recruits, ever.

Her pace within the butterfly and IM, particularly within the longer occasions inside these disciplines, will instantly be of giant worth to the Yellow Jackets. GT had no one below 55 or below 1:59 within the butterfly occasions final season, and her transformed occasions within the IM would’ve put Tacyildiz at #2 within the 400 and #three within the 200 final yr on GT’s high occasions listing. Plus, her 1:56.73 transformed time within the 200 fly is quicker than their faculty document (1:57.47, Laura Branton, 2017).

Along with her transformed occasions, Tacyildiz would’ve been a 2020 ACC A-finalist within the 200 fly and a C-finalist within the 400 IM; GT had no A-finalists in swimming on the 2020 ACC Champs.

Tacyildiz joins Clarissa SabinCaroline Pape, Sophie Murphy, Lily Burke and Sarah Livingston in GT’s class of 2025.

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