#1 Recruit in High School Class of 2021 Anthony Grimm Makes College Choice

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The top recruit in the high school class of 2021 Anthony Grimm has verbally committed to the University of Texas. Grimm, who is from Fairfax, Virginia, swims for the Mason Makos Swim Team and Oakton High School.

Grimm is similar to another Mid-Atlantic swimmer who swam for Texas, Jack Conger, in that Grimm has a ton of options for where to specialize as his career develops. He has no real weakness, and is elite-class in all 4 strokes. He’s the fastest swimmer int he class in the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 breast.

Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 19.67 (19.28 relay split)
  • 100 free – 47.59
  • 200 free – 1:47.87
  • 50 back – 20.87
  • 100 back – 45.60
  • 200 back – 1:51.61
  • 100 breast – 52.51
  • 200 breast – 2:03.96
  • 100 fly – 47.40
  • 200 fly – 1:58.36
  • 200 IM – 1:52.59

His time in the 100 back and 100 breaststroke, which were both done as just a sophomore in high school, are already fast enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships based on last year’s invite times. His best time in the 100 back would have placed 21st at last year’s Division I National Championship meet, and 20th in the 100 breaststroke.

Grimm’s list of accomplishments is long, but includes 4 NCSA Junior National titles in March (50 breast, 100 breast, 50 fly, 100 back); the 2019 Virginia 6A state championship in the 50 free; and the 2018 Virginia 6A state championship in the 100 back. His Oakton High School team won the 6A State Championship meet last season behind Grimm’s efforts.

Another University of Texas star, John Shebat, also attended Oakton High School. That school’s coach Parker Ramsdell is a Texas alumnus.

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1 year ago

Am I reading it wrong, 19.6 in the 50 but 47.5 in the 100?

Not Confused
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

Considering his 100 Back is a 45.60, his 100 free is an old time. Just has to swim it again, bet the kid can pull an easy 43 or below.

Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

Yup. It says on collegeswimming his fastest 100 free is from Dec 2017.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

Seems odd to me too – voted up

Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

Dec. ’17 is the last time he swam 100 free short course.

Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

He went a 47-high 100 IM at Spring NCSA’s, but got DQ’d. Also lost a 46-mid 100 fly to a DQ at the same meet.

Reply to  Ferb
1 year ago

The dude goes for an all or nothing reaction time off of each start by trying to anticipate when the ref will say go. When it works it gets him a little bit off the start, but not worth it for his super high DQ percentage if you ask me. Its not like he needs the tenths

Right Dude Here
Reply to  JMSS
1 year ago

Great strategy in the 50
Not so much in the 200

Chris Bodmer
Reply to  Ferb
10 months ago

More than likely because he didn’t surface in time.

1 year ago

More and more talent coming from the DMV. This is why the Trident is gonna have the biggest US Market

Reply to  Nate
1 year ago

Hey man dont forget about good ol PA. Right up there as a top swim state in the region, particularly Philly.

Nathan Smith
Reply to  asdagh
1 year ago

PA is great but it also benefits from some of the big meets covering a fairly big geographic region. The concentration of talent in the DMV in a small geographic footprint is crazy.

(G)olden Bear
1 year ago

Hook ‘em!

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