North Carolina state champion Grayson Nye commits to Kentucky (2024)

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Scholastic All-American Grayson Nye announced his oral acceptance at the University of Kentucky. Nye currently attends Middle Creek High School and swims year-round for the TAC Titans in Cary, North Carolina.

I am very excited to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Kentucky! Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, friends and family who have supported me through all of this. Go cats!🔵⚪️”

Nye is primarily a breaststroke and IM specialist. He recently competed in the Winter Juniors – East, where he finished 5th in the 200m breaststroke, falling more than two seconds behind with a 1:57.38. In the juniors, he also competed in 100 breaststroke (55.96) and 200 IM (1:52.73), finishing 28th and 92nd, respectively. His best time in the 100 breaststroke was swum in 2023 when he clocked a 55.10 at the TAC Titans Polar Plunge meeting earlier this month.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 chest – 55.10
  • 200 chest – 1:57.38
  • 200IM – 1:51.83
  • 400h – 4:00.20

Last July at the Futures Championships in Cary, Nye set personal bests in almost all of his events. His best result of the competition was second in the 200m breaststroke, where he fell more than 4 seconds to 2:15.53. He also placed 3rd in the 100m breaststroke (1:03.38), 22nd in the 400m (4:39.86), and 42nd in the 200m (2:11.84).

The Kentucky men finished 8th out of 10 teams in last season’s SEC championship. They hadn’t been able to advance anyone to the finals during the 100 breaststroke Kyle Barker finished 10th in the 200 breaststroke with a 1:54.84. Nye’s times already put him in a position to impress at the conference level, as his best 200 breaststroke time at last year’s conference meeting would have put him close to the C-Finals.

Senior Heinrich Mueller leads the breaststroke roster so far this season with times of 1:57.60 and 54.87 in the 200m and 100m breaststroke, respectively. The group falls away with Junior behind him Zane Rosely with 2:06.18 the second fastest in the 200 and a newcomer John Broome 2nd in the 100 with 56.79. Nye will only overlap with Broome in Lexington.

NYE joins Alex Gallagher, Jack Haywood, Jacob Pinsand Chase Swearingen in Kentucky’s Class of 2028. Swearingen, a Butterflyer, was featured as SwimSwam’s 10th recruit in the Class of 2024 recruit rankings. Pins is the distance specialist of the class, having been featured in the Best of the Rest section of the Recruit Leaderboard for Distance Free. On the women’s side of the program, Kentucky is in the process of building an absolutely massive recruiting class as they have already made 9 verbal acceptances for the class of 2028.

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