Olympic Finalist Nicolas Garcia Commits to Virginia Tech

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Nicolás García Saiz, who hails from Madrid, Spain, has announced his intention to join the Virginia Tech H2Okies:

“Orgulloso por empezar una nueva etapa en Virginia Tech y darles las gracias por brindarme esta oportunidad para poder crecer tanto como atleta, estudiante y persona.
Excited to announce my commitment to Virginia Tech! Thank you for the opportunity 🔥GO HOKIES!”

Garcia trains under Pedro Simón at the club team CN Gredos San Diego. He specializes in backstroke and made the 200 back final at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In prelims, he clocked a 1:57.62 to advance to the semi-finals. He finished third in his semi-final with 1:56.35, edging Bryce Mefford by .02, to qualify fifth for the final. Swimming in lane 2, he swam a 1:59.06 to come in eighth.

Garcia represented Spain this summer at European Aquatics Championships. He also swam at the European Aquatics Championships in Budapest in 2020, competing in the 50 (25.71), 100 (54.97), and 200 back (1:59.59) and in the 4×100 medley relay. At FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest in 2019, he swam the 100 back (56.43) and 200 back (2:01.13).

At Virginia Tech, Garcia will join fellow Spanish nationals Carles Coll, Nadia González (Hugo’s sister), and Luis Domínguez.

Garcia would have been a B-finalist in the 200 back at ACCs last season but it took 45.53/1:41.08 to score in the backstroke events at 2021 NCAA Division I Championships.

Best LCM times (converted to SCY):

200 back – 1:56.35 (1:42.65)
100 back – 54.60 (48.10)
50 back – 25.50 (22.43)

Garcia will join the H2Okies in January 2022 and be in a class that includes: Ben Eckerson, Hayden Jay, Jacob Ryan, Joseph Hong, Luan Grobbelaar, Luis Domínguez, and Nikolas Lee-Bishop.

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