European junior champion Batuhan Filiz from Turkey speaks at Texas A&M


NEW COMMITMENT: Ankara, native Turkey Batuhan Filiz has announced his verbal commitment to Texas A&M University and will arrive at College Station in the fall of 2022.

he will join Connor foote and Baylor nelson as a member of the Aggies Class of 2026.

He said Swimming world:

“I am extremely pleased to announce my verbal commitment to continue my varsity and swimming career at Texas A&M University for the class of 2022. I chose Texas A&M because of its strong academics, welcoming team synergy and of its coaches in solidarity. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and for all of my friends. I would like to warmly thank everyone who supported me throughout this trip, especially my family, teammates and coaches.

Filiz trains with Enka Spor Kulubu and attends private high school Ugur Batikent. While representing Turkey internationally, he won the 400m freestyle at the LEN European Junior Championships last summer in 3: 50.68, edging second by .11. He was also seventh in the 200m freestyle.

In April, he won the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle at the Turkish Youth National Youth and Winter Championships.

Courtesy of Batuhan Filiz

In LCM, his best times include:

  • 800m free – 8: 00.43
  • 400m free – 3: 50.68
  • 200m free – 1: 49.98
  • 100m free – 52.18

In SCY, these times are converted to:

  • 800 free – 8: 58.29
  • 400 free – 4: 18.46
  • 200 free – 1: 36.19
  • 100 free – 45.56

Filiz’s fastest 400m freestyle (converted to yards) would have made him the second-fastest 500 freestyle in the Aggies lineup last season.

Under the head coach Jay holmes, Texas A&M finished fourth in the team standings at the 2021 SEC Championships.

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