Freestyler Wesley Olmsted from High Tide Aquatics in Gainesville, Florida has verbally committed to Stanford.
As the men’s recruiting class starts to fall out, following as they usually do the big rush of women’s recruits, the Stanford men have picked up some steam in the last few days, much like their women had earlier this summer. Olmsted joins Curtis Ogren, a breaststroker/IM’er, and Andrew Liang, a backstroker/butterflier.
Olmsted, then, will bring great balance to the class as primarily a freestyler (though like most great freestylers, he can bust out a strong 100 fly and back).
In yards, Olmsted has been 20.46 in the 50 free, 44.28 in the 100 free, and 1:38.61 in the 200 free. He took 5th place in both the 50 and 100 free at Winter Junior Nationals in December of 2012.
As mentioned, he’s also been 49.99 in the 100 back, 48.7 in the 100 fly, and 1:49.0 in the 200 fly.
With two great classes under new head coach Ted Knapp, after more than three decades with Skip Kenney as the head coach, Stanford has shown no letdown in recruiting over the last two years.
High Tide Aquatics, under the watch of head coach Steven R. Bostick, is slowly making its own statement in the prodigious gravity of the Gator Swim Club. HTA has now produced major Division I recruits for two straight years (Ben Borgert to Virginia Tech in the class of 2013). Three if you count club founder Mike Davidson going to Alabama in 2012 as an assistant coach.