Four-time South Carolina state champion Matt Fortson sends a hearing to Army

Four-time South Carolina state champion Matt Fortson sends a hearing to Army

NEW COMMIT: Futures Qualification Matt Fortson from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has verbally committed to Army West Point starting fall 2025.

He will join in Lewis Esterly as a member of the Black Knights' Class of 2029.

He said about his commitment:

I am fortunate to announce my commitment to swimming at the United States Military Academy. This has been a lifelong dream and I can't wait to join my brother and father on the Long Gray Line. I would like to thank my family, coaches, friends and the entire Army coaching staff for supporting me and believing in me. Go to the army! Beat Navy!

Primarily a backstroker and butterfly swimmer, Fortson does his club swimming with the Wahoo Aquatic Club and had five top-10 finishes at the South Carolina Short Course Seniors in February. Last summer, he placed fifth in the 200 backstroke at the South Carolina Long Course Seniors before competing at the San Antonio Futures.

His best times include:

  • 100 back – November 51st
  • 200 back – 1:50.87
  • 100 flies – 48.85
  • 200 Flies – 1:53.88

Currently a junior at Porter Gaud School, Fortson won the 100 fly and 200 free at the South Carolina Independent Schools State Championships last fall. In his sophomore season, he won gold in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter backstroke after securing second place in those events as a freshman.

Under head coach Brandt NigroThe Black Knights finished second in the team standings at the 2024 Patriot League Championships.

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