Nov. 18, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Anna McKenzie of Alabama and Basil Orr of Atlanta have signed national letters of intent with the Georgia swimming teams, according to an announcement on Monday by Coach Jack Bauerle.
McKenzie lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and attends Tuscaloosa Academy. She swims for Coach John Boxmeyer with Crimson Tide Aquatics. McKenzie is one of the country's top 20 sprint freestyle prospects. She twice was named to the Southeastern Swimming Zone Team and has competed in the Summer and Winter Junior Nationals and the Summer Nationals. McKenzie has been the Southeastern Championship winner in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle multiple times and twice has been the meet's high-point winner. She also has earned Scholastic All-America honors.
"We feel very fortunate to have her here at Georgia," Bauerle said. "She's a fast-improving freestyler and she has a viable shot to be at NCAAs her first year. She's a very athletic young lady who is only going to get better and better. She's an outstanding student who is going to be part of the honors program here. On her signing day in Tuscaloosa, she had a room of people doing a Georgia cheer, so that gives an indication to her character that her fellow students would do that for her."
Orr attends St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta and swims for Coach Jason Turcotte with Dynamo Swim Club. He was part of the Dynamo 2013 Speedo Junior National Championship team while participating in the breaststroke and individual medley events. He earned All-America honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and he garnered Scholastic All-America recognition. Orr placed second in the state high school meet in the 100 breaststroke as a sophomore and as a junior.
"He's a late bloomer as he gave up football in the 10th grade to concentrate on swimming," Bauerle said. "He's a very athletic young man and he's going to be a pretty darn good college swimmer. He gives us much-needed depth in the breaststroke. He's also another outstanding student."