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.
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.