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Omer Tara

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Position
Freshman
Class
Istanbul, Turkey
Hometown
ENKA High School
High School

Virginia Career Bests
50 Free:
21.73
100 Free: 46.64
200 Free: 1:38.12
500 Free: 4:21.84
1,000 Free: 9:18.95
1,650 Free: 15:19.61

2017-18
• Finished 22nd at the ACC Championships in the 500-yard freestyle 
• Placed 22nd in the 1650-yard freestyle at the ACC Championships 
• Finished 14th in the 1650-yard freestyle and 19th in the 500-yard freestyle at the UGA Fall Invitational 
• Named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team 
• Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll 

2016-17
• Won the 500-yard freestyle at the ECAC Championships 
• Finished second in the 1650-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle,  at the ECAC Championships 
• Placed 11th in the 500-yard freestyle, 14th in the 1650-yard freestyle and 21st in the 200-yard freestyle at the UGA Fall Invite 
• Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll 

2015-16
• Placed 19th in 500-yard freestyle and 21st in 1,650 free at ACC Championships
• Set career-best marks in the 500 free (4:24.73) and 1,650 free (15:26.62) at ACCs
• Posted a career-best 200 free (1:38.12) at UGA Fall Invitational

2014-15
• Placed 24th in the 1,650 free in a season-best time (15:32.00) at the ACC Championships
• Also set a season-best mark in the 200 free (1:38.51) at ACCs
• Posted season-best times in the 100 free (47.19) and 500 free (4:26.64) at the Georgia Fall Invitational

Background
• Six-time member of the Turkish National Team
• Represented Turkey at the 2013 European Junior Open Water Championships
• Placed fourth in the 1,500m free and fifth in the 400m free at the 2014 Turkish National Championships
• Team captain for both ENKA High School and ENKA Sports Club
• Earned academic honors at ENKA

Personal
• Son of Sinan and Nazli Tara
• Has two older siblings, Esra and Mehmet