Saffron Restaurants reservation NCAA champion Jake Magahey returns to Georgia for a fifth year

NCAA champion Jake Magahey returns to Georgia for a fifth year

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2021 NCAA Champion in the 500 Freestyle Jake Magahey will return to Georgia for his fifth year due to COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.

Magahey was a consistent ‘A’ finalist and NCAA scorer for the Bulldogs during his undergraduate career. In 2021, his freshman season, he won the NCAA title in the 500 freestyle swimming in a time of 4:07.97. He also finished 2nd in the 1650 free and 12th in the 200 free. He scored 42 individual points, becoming the Georgia squad’s top scorer and helping them to a 4th-place finish.

A year later, Magahey swam with teammate to a 1-2 finish Matt Sates in the 500 freestyle at NCAAs. Sates won the NCAA title while Magahey placed 2nd. Magahey also finished 4th in the 1650 freestyle, scoring a total of 32 individual points, third most on the team.

In 2023, he again placed top 8 at NCAAs in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle. He finished third in both events, scoring a total of 32 individual points.

Last season he changed his NCAA lineup. He finished 3rd in the 500, 5th in the 400 IM and 15th in the 200 butterfly. His 32 individuals led the team as graduate students Bradley Dunham had the 2nd most individual points with 13.

Magahey’s return is crucial, as four of the team’s nine individual NCAA qualifiers last season were graduate students, while Magahey was the only senior. In addition to individual qualifiers, the fifth year scored a total of 26 individual points, while the team scored a total of 116 points. If Magahey did not return, the team would have lost almost all of its individual scorers and half of their points. Now they give back about three-quarters of their points (not counting the relay events).

With Magahey’s lineup change, he will get the opportunity to train with the #4 ranked recruit in the class of 2024 Drew Hitchcock who led the class in the 200 fly in the junior re-ranking last spring.