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Just days after receiving a verbal commitment from 2022 girls’ 10K World Champion Bettina Fabian, the North Carolina State University swimming and diving program has named a boys champion. David Bethlehemannounced his intention to join the Wolfpack next fall on social media, writing:
“I am very excited and honored to announce my commitment to continue my academic and athletic studies at North Carolina State University. I am deeply grateful to my family, coaches, friends and teammates for their endless support. Couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an amazing family! GOPACK!!🐺❤️”
Bethlehem is from Bagod, Hungary. Balaton trains with ÚK Veszprém and represents Hungary on the international stage. Bethlehem competed at the 2022 FINA World Junior Open Swimming Championships, where he won the boys’ 10K in a dominant time of 1:53:10.30 in four minutes, 32.5 seconds. He and Fabian combined to win more gold for Hungary in the 4×1500 medley relay, beating Germany by 1:33 minutes and Italy by 2:07 minutes.
He represented Hungary at the 2021 European Championship held in Budapest and the European Junior Championship held in Rome. At the last meet, she won silver in the 1,500 free with a PB of 15:02.28. That was 15.9 seconds faster than he swam in Budapest two months ago, when he finished 12th in the preliminary race.
Best LCM times (converted):
- 1500 free – 15:02.28 (14:44.58)
- 800 free – 8:00.57 (8:58.45)
- 400 free – 3:52.46 (4:20.45)
- 200 free – 1:51.65 (1:37.70)
- 200 back – 2:03.77 (1:49.34)
- 200 fly – 2:02.14 (1:47.51)
- 400 IM – 4:33.86 (4:00.95)
Bethlehem has No. 9 Hudson Williams, No. 13 Chase Mueller, Jerry Fox, Mitchell Ledford, Will Heck, Henry Lee, J.R. in the NC State Class of 2027. Fits Taylor, Xavier Masiuk, Sam Flack and Wells Walker. the best distance freestyler in the class, as his converted time would have won the mile by 5 seconds at the winter junior combined. In addition, his time of 14:44 would have placed him 12th at the 2022 NCAA Division I Championships. Will Gallant and the Ross Dant It became 2-3 with 14:31. James Pladge He took 17th place with a time of 14:54. Bethlehem matches up with Gallant and Plage, both this year. Dant is a senior and may be eligible for a fifth year.
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