Friday, November 15, 2013
They grew up together, trained together and even helped the Coosaw Creek Crocodiles earn their first City Meet Championship together but the Bohon twins will part ways after high school.
On Wednesday Micah Bohon signed to swim for the University of Tennessee swim team while her brother Jeremiah Bohon signed to swim for the University of South Carolina swim team.
“It would have been nice to go to the same school as my brother and USC would have been closer to home but I decided overall Tennessee was the best place for me,” Micah said. “The big thing is I like the family environment their swim team has. My club team has always felt like a family to me so I wanted to go to a place where there was a similar environment. Also over the past several years Tennessee has moved up a spot in the NCAA and SEC every year so I hope I can help them continue that trend.”
The family environment she had both with the Mount Pleasant Swim Club and the Ashley Ridge team has served her well. She is the second-ranked female recruit out of South Carolina according to CollegeSwimming.com.
Micah put up a pair of impressive swims at the high school state championships last month. She clocked 55.18 in the 100-meter back, destroying her previous lifetime best of 56.80 from last year to finish as the runner-up in the event. She also cut more than two seconds from her top time in the 200 IM, dropping from 2:06.56 to 2:04.26. In the relay events, she split a 29.9 on the breaststroke leg of Ashley Ridge’s 200 medley relay.
With several chances to compete during the upcoming long-course season, she could cut considerable time from her best performances to date in several events.
She currently has a 24.01 in the 50 free, 52.45 in the 100 free, a 2:04.73 200 back, and 56.94 in the 100 fly.
Last summer, she swam five events at Junior Nationals. She swam the 100 free (58.09), 100 back (1:04.02), 200 back (2:19.28), 100 fly (1:03.13), and 200 IM (2:19.89) at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine this summer.
She also has some freestyle potential, with flat-start bests of 24.0 and 52.4 in the 50 and 100-yard races.
“I’m up for anything and feel comfortable with all the strokes but I guess if I had to choose I would go with the backstroke and IM,” she said.
The swimmer hasn’t decided on a major yet but says she is interested in criminology and computer science.
Like his sister, Jeremiah is anxious to compete at a higher level.
“I like the big-campus feel at South Carolina and I’m a football fan so that factored in,” he said. “I really want to swim in the SEC and I feel that going to South Carolina will help me become the best swimmer I can be. I will mainly swim the breast stroke for them and maybe a little IM.”
USA Swimming recently named Jeremiah to the 2013 Scholastic All American Team. Only 626 male athletes nationwide receive the honor.
His best time in the 100 Breast Stroke is a 58.01 and he has clocked a 1:54.36 in the 200 IM.
At this year’s state championships Jeremiah placed second in the 200 IM, third in the 100 Breast and fifth in the 200 Free Style with a 1:31.66 time. He also helped the AR Boys 200 Free Relay Team to a fifth-place finish.
He is a USA Swimming 2013 Winter Nationals Qualifier who has won multiple All-state honors.
He plans to major in biology and maybe pursue a career in a medical field.
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