1:35 200 Freestyler Kyle Coan Verbally Commits to Cal

Kyle Coan of the Redlands Swim Team in California has verbally committed to Cal, he announced today.

Coan is one of the top 200 freestylers in the class of 2014, with a yards best of 1:35.69. That time was swum at the 2013 CIF Southern Section Division II Championship meet, where he crushed the Division Record held by Stanford swimmer Andrew Saeta by over a second.

“It feels like a dream. It’s just surreal,” Coan said of his future home.

“I took all five of my trips [author’s note: Auburn Cal, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida] and I knew right away I wanted to go to Cal. I felt we had shared goals: they have a lot of guys on the National Team and that’s my goal. I feel I can get there with them.
“Dave [Durden] and Yuri [Suguiyama] are the coolest coaches I’ve ever met. They’re easy to talk to. I can’t wait to learn from them.”

Coan is that division’s two-time defending champion in the 200 yard free, the defending champion in the 100 yard fly (48.66 at the 2013 meet – his best time) and the 2012 champion in the 100 free (45.1 as a sophomore, has since been 44.77).

Coan is still developing his speed, really. Until about his sophomore year of high school, he was trending more toward a 200-500 freestyler, but has since dropped that 500 in favor of the shorter events. That includes relay splits of 19.58 in the 50 free (as his Los Osos won that title as a junior as well) and a 43.24 in the 100 free (another relay win), both as a junior.

“It’s nice to be done,” Coan said. “Recruiting was fun but it’s also very stressful.”

Coan has also been 50.06/1:47.49 in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke, and 48.66 in the 100 yard fly.

Cal has a history of getting their freestylers up-to-speed in a hurry, so expect Coan to have an impact in a hurry. That time in the 200 free, his best race, is within a second of the rolling-start by Ben Hinshaw that was on Cal’s 4th-place NCAA relay last year.

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Congrats Kyle! Go Bears!


Surprise. Cal? The talk was that he was going to Auburn, where his Redlands temamate and menort Karl Krug went.



Kyle joined RST in the summer of 2012 way after Karl quit and moved to Atlanta. I’m about 99% sure Karl never mentored him and hardly knew him. Possibly Joey but not Karl. After the coaching change at RST in 2011 a lot of stuff went down.
I know him personally and I always thought he was going to Texas but he told me that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swim at a school with Berkeley’s academic prestige.


Welcome to Cal Kyle! You should fit in well and get great competition with the bevy of freestylers now at Berkeley. Cal has to replace Flemming who graduates after next season. Will be interesting to see who verbals next. Stanford, Michigan and a couple of other schools have got the jump early, so Cal, hopefully, will get commits from some of the premier swimmers who visited the campus recently.

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