#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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Confused
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.

Sccoach
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

West
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

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

Ferb
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.

JMSS
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
1 year ago

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

Nate
1 year ago

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

asdagh
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!

wethorn
1 year ago

Hook em!

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
1 year ago

The real Desorbo Effect!

swimmerTX
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
1 year ago

Did he even visit UVA? I know he visited Texas back in early September, and Cal this past weekend.

TBC
Reply to  swimmerTX
1 year ago

He did visit UVA

Blaize
Reply to  TBC
1 year ago

And Bama

Joel Lin
Reply to  Blaize
1 year ago

Don’t make too much of this in terms of it being a blow for UVa. He’s a top line in state recruit, but a plain truth is a lot of us don’t want to attend college local to where we grew up. I didn’t & many of my friends didn’t want that either. College is a shot to get somewhere new & different in addition to being a chance as a recruiter athlete to choose the ideal mix of a strong academic & social place (Texas is that) + to choose the sports environment.

Nobody has ever gone wrong saying they want to swim for Eddie Reese. He’s unquestionably the greatest living coach in this sport & he’s also IMHO… Read more »

DravenOP
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

KEKW

Texas swims in a short pool
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

they are referencing a comment in a previous article where @DeSorbo Effect said they were gonna get Anthony Grimm, Josh Matheny, and David Curtiss, none of which committed to UVA. Gotta keep up with these juicy comment sections man!

Joel Lin
Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
1 year ago

I don’t think any program has a deck that looks like that in a recruiting class anymore. Back in the day for a run in the 1980s the #1-#5 recruits went to Stanford. Period. One year their recruits in one class were headed with John Moffet, Pablo Morales & Jeff Kostoff. Crazy.

Certainly Reese & Durden have continued to yield great classes, but it’s simply too spread out, too many well funded programs now to corner a market. Let’s also remember that development is a huge factor. The surge of NC State has been more about guys getting faster after they arrived moreso than the recruiting yield (although that seems to be changing now with NCS getting more of the… Read more »

SwimMom
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Not on the same level academically these three schools, it is sort of crazy for most kids not to choose the best (possible) academic schools first.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

Virginia, Cal, and Texas (which I assume we’re his top three) are all top tier public schools. Not everyone can be Dean Farris, both a Godking and a Harvard… person.

Texas swims in a short pool
Reply to  Right Dude Here
1 year ago

ALL HAIL DEAN!

Anonymous
Reply to  Right Dude Here
1 year ago

Harvard vastly drops their admission standards for athletes. Most of those kids couldn’t get into selective public colleges without the coach’s help, let alone Harvard. Idk anything about Dean, but from the kids I do know swimming there, it takes very little beyond being mediocre to get into Harvard with a coach’s recommendation.

Swim Parent
Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

If you aren’t trying to get an interview out of college with Goldman Sachs or McKinsey, or BCG or get in to Harvard Law, does it really matter where you go to undergrad from a purely educational perspective? Isn’t it more about going a place that aligns with the student’s desire to find a community? High achieving students, for example, want to go some place where they have the best chance to find peers who share those values. For swimmers, you know who most of your community is going to be based on the time commitments of being a Power 5 athlete. So, shouldn’t they pick based on that community and its culture?

DLSwim
Reply to  Swim Parent
1 year ago

Having a certain academic pedigree helps for post-graduate job placement or even post-graduate education and surely is a factor in making a decision for most people, there is no doubt about that.

Oldswimfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Louisville men were 5th. But yes they were the top combined program last year.

Swim Parent
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

It’s a great question Braden and I think you may have partially answered it in a previous thread (maybe the Garret Boone one). Despite their investment in sports, I think UL (rightly or wrongly) is still overcoming its historical commuter-school status from an academic lens. It isn’t viewed (even if it should be) as one of those major flagship state universities with strong funding you mentioned previously. For example, UL is just in a whole different tier in the US News ranking when compared with places like Alabama. It just isn’t viewed as a major research institution and is more akin to an East Carolina in perception. The SEC schools overcome the traditional academic perception by building up Honors Colleges… Read more »

Derigan Silver
Reply to  Swim Parent
1 year ago

I think Swim Parent is partially correct. US News and World Rankings are not a reliable indicator of the quality of education you can get at a university. There are many problems with the metrics they use (e.g., using “peer” opinions of your school as a large metric). But the bottom line is parents pay attention. In 2020, Cal was 22, UVA was 28, Texas was 48, and Louisville was 192. Until we get over academic snobbery these rankings will matter, particularly to American parents.

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Braden Keith to be fair, for the recruiting class in question I wouldn’t say there is much more momentum for the UVA men than there is for Louisville so far….

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
1 year ago

And also Louisville men were not 4th at NCAAs last year…..

CuriousBystander
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
1 year ago

NC State has 4th locked down, 4 straight years, pretty impressive.

2 Cents
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

The men were not 4th last year. Their women will drop off this year too after Comerford left.

(G)olden Bear
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

Moffett and Pablo were not in the same class…

Joel Lin
Reply to  (G)olden Bear
1 year ago

I was off by a year on Moffet. I believe the class I referenced was headed by Morales, Kostoff & David Louden. Some other notables I think (not sure) in that same class were John Hodge & Matt Nance, a.k.a. Fat Chance.

For about 1/2 a decade Stanford men’s swimming enjoyed an embarrassment of riches unlike most all else.

Caleb
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

The Peirsol-Hansen-Crocker relay was a single class, no? Talking about great classes..

Joel Lin
Reply to  Caleb
1 year ago

That class was to my memory likely the closest thing to a US Olympic relay on the same NCAA team. With Stanford at one time you had this medley relay, 1986,

Back: Sean Murphy, Canadian Olympian
Breast: John Moffet
Fly: Pablo Morales
Free: David Lundberg

Not too shabby.

2 Cents
Reply to  Caleb
1 year ago

Same with Grevers, Bubolz and Alexandrov for NW correct?

2 Cents
Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
1 year ago

Desorboeffect… whoever has that name has no affiliation with the program (swimmer, coach, alum or fan) I promise you. He/She, is a troll and more than likely has affiliations with another program and is only trying to give UVA a bad name.

hookem91
1 year ago

Boom! Hook ‘em!

Swimfan29
1 year ago

Really fun to watch him swim, sick underwater’s. Good luck Anthony.

Hahaha
1 year ago

@DeSorbo Effect, who’s gonna tell him?

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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