NC State All-American Erge Gezmis has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal with the intention of transferring next season.
Gezmis was an All-American in 2021 as a member of the Wolfpack’s 800 free relay, and previously in 2020 as an NCAA qualifier in the 200 IM when the NCAA Championships were canceled. The CSCAA awarded All-America honors to all athletes who qualified for the meet that year.
At the 2021 NCAA Championship meet, Gezmis finished 33rd in the 400 IM, 37th in the 200 fly, and 38th in the 200 IM. He also swam the third leg of NC State’s 5th-place 800 free relay, splitting 1:33.97.
He scored 71 points individually at the 2021 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving. That made him the team’s highest scorer en route to a runner-up finish for the Wolfpack.
Gezmis started his career at the University of Florida before making his NC State debut in January of 2020.
He has one season of eligibility remaining: the bonus 5th year that has been awarded to NCAA Division I athletes who competed in the COVID-impacted 2020-2021 season. This year only, athletes using a 5th year don’t count against scholarship limits (unless they transfer). In future seasons, they will.
This season was supposed to be his final year of eligibility, but Gezmis injured his shoulder in October (biceps tendon SLAP lesion) and underwent surgery. He is taking a medical redshirt this season and plans to complete his undergraduate degree in May.
Gezmis tells SwimSwam that after having a conversation with NC State head coach Braden Holloway regarding the team’s limited budget, he decided to transfer and use his final season of eligibility to begin graduate school somewhere else.
Gezmis is a native of Turkey, where he has represented his country at several continental and World Championship events. That includes most recently the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, where he finished 33rd in the 200 free and 27th in the 400 free.
In his two years at NC State, Gezmis saw a bit of an event focus away from the 500 free and toward the IMs. While he didn’t swim the IM races at Florida, he did have international experience in those events, including at the 2015 World Junior Championships.
Best Times Comparisons (Yards):
|Best Time at Florida|
|500 free||4:16.49||No Results|
Gezmis says that he returned to training in January and plans to return to competition this summer. He is majoring in Business with a concentration in Supply Chain, and plans to pursue his master’s degree in international business or supply chain program,s.