#11 Simon Lins, Top 50-Freestyler in Class of 2023, Verbals to UVA

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Simon Lins from Piedmont, California has made a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia’s class of 2027.

“I am humbled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at University of Virginia. I want to thank my parents, coaches, and God for helping me get this far. I know I’ll be in good hands and I’m extremely excited for what the future holds. GO HOOS⚔️”

Lins is ranked #11 on our Way Too Early list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2023. He is a junior at Piedmont High School and does his year-round swimming with Piedmont Swim Team. He had a breakout meet in March at St. George Sectionals, where he went from 21.0 to 20.1 in the 50 free to log the fastest time in the high school class of 2023. He placed third in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 fly, and left Utah with new times in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back (50.68), and 200 back (1:56.48).

In long course season, Lins had a strong showing at the California-Nevada Summer Sectional Meet in Roseville. There, he came in third in the 50 free, fifth in the 100 free, and 12th in the 100 fly, updating his LCM times in the 50 free (23.44), 100 free (51.61), 200 free (1:55.92), 100 back (1:00.98), 100 fly (56.20), and 200 IM (2:14.65).

Best Times:

  • 50 free – 20.11
  • 100 free – 44.85
  • 100 fly – 48.99
  • 200 free – 1:40.65

Virginia has also had verbal commitment to the class of 2027 from #12 Hayden Bellotti, “Honorable Mention” Bobby Dinunzio, and “Best of the Rest” nominees Noah Dyer and Zachary Larrick.

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Big mac #1
1 month ago

Va men might see a surge

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

UVA men’s 200 free relay could get under 1:10 in 2 years.

Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

4 Prime Dressels could maaaaybe get under 1:10, no way anyone is doing that for a long long time

I win, you lose
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

18.0, 17.3, 17.3, 17.3. Thought it was crazy at first, but it’s definitely possible.

Reply to  I win, you lose
1 month ago

No one in the NCAA can go any of those times let alone 1 school having 4 swimmers that can go those times.

Reply to  I win, you lose
1 month ago

Yeah even if you took Morozov, Dressel, Adrian, and Held (most impressive SCY swimmers in the past decade) this isn’t happening. There’s no shot this happens anytime soon.

Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

How on earth do you make this comment and not mention Ryan Hoffer???

Big mac #1
Reply to  Forsomereason
1 month ago

Cuz the guy is 8th fastest performer on relay splits

Big mac #1
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

That’s where you’re wrong, the top relay splits go as follows according to USA swimming:
Dressel: 17.30
Morozov: 17.86
Gkolomeev: 18.00
Howard: 18.10
Adrian and Held: 18.13
Decoursey: 18.14
Hoffer: 18.17
Targett: 18.19
Even without taking into account a flat start, the best we could get is a 1:11.26 and while there are a so many great talents coming up, you essentially have to have a guy lead off 18.0 or better and three guys 17.2 to 17.5 and the only guy ever to get into either of these ranges was sub 20 by the time he was a sub 20 by 16 and while I can’t call it now I… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Big mac #1
Big mac #1
Reply to  Big mac #1
1 month ago

Yeah, I know Howard’s reaction time was .32 there

Reply to  I win, you lose
1 month ago

Not from uva it isnt. Maybe from the fastest 4 guys in the world.

Swim nerd
Reply to  I win, you lose
1 month ago

If we’re swimming in a 22 yard pool then maybe those splits are realstic, but nobody is going 17.3 on a relay for some time. That is, assuming there is no revolutionary tech suit like the x glide.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Wow. People here need to lighten up.

Foreign Embassy
1 month ago

I’m surprised he didn’t commit to CAL, which is literally in his backyard. Also surprised Larrick in SoCal also committing to UVA. Interesting they didn’t commit to a pac-12 school since they’re both from CA. I wonder if they were on a recruiting trip together…

Pennsylvania Tuxedo
Reply to  Foreign Embassy
27 days ago

He’s got east coast roots! Spent quite a bit of time growing up in central PA before moving to California.

Congratulations Simon. Incredibly excited to see your successes at the NCAA level!

1 month ago

UVA has a solid class so far but seems to be all freestylers?

Mr. Sir
Reply to  Chauncey
1 month ago

The class they are replacing(current juniors) is mostly freestylers.

Terry Watts
1 month ago


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