1:47.7 200 Butterflier Pierre Zeineddin Commits to D3 Caltech (2021)

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Caltech continues to roll with their recruiting for their class of 2025, nabbing Pierre Zeineddin of Rockville Montgomery Swim Club. Zeineddin is a senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland.

There’s something awesome about California. I am very grateful to have been taken into this great family, one that defines its members not by their religion, sex, race or creed, but by their hard work and determination to bettering themselves and others. I’ll make sure to give my best to help support that mission. Hoorah! Vive le Caltech!

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 100 fly – 50.13
  • 200 fly – 1:47.79
  • 200 IM – 1:54.06
  • 50 free – 21.81
  • 100 free – 47.81

At the 2021 NCSA Spring Championships in March, Zeineddin finished sixth overall in the 200 fly, going a lifetime best. He also set personal bests in the 100 fly and 200 IM. In high school competition, Zeineddin finished third in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 free at the 2020 Maryland HS 3A/4A State Championships.

Zeineddin’s 200 fly is a pretty eye-popping time for a high schooler committed to a D3 school, especially since Caltech doesn’t have much of a reputation on the D3 national level. Caltech has been on a steady rise the last half-decade or so, though; over the past six seasons, they’ve broken school records in every event.

Caltech placed sixth out of nine teams at the 2020 SCIAC Championships. Zeineddin would’ve been the 200 fly runner-up at the meet with his best time, and he would’ve also made A-finals in the 100 fly and 200 IM. Further, he’s over a second faster than Caltech’s 200 fly program record, .02 ahead of their 100 fly record and just off of the record in the 200 IM.

Zeineddin joins Jason Lin and Jake Goldman in Caltech’s incoming class.

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Swimmer
1 month ago

When do the recruiting rankings come out each year? Don’t they usually happen sometime in April?

James
1 month ago

Sounds like a win/win for the guy. Keep swimming, and get to attend one of the top Universities in the World.

Penguin
1 month ago

It’s interesting; even as we see more professional opportunities develop in swimming, I think, especially on the men’s side, there are going to be more top-tier swimmers choosing the D3 route this decade. I say “on the men’s side” because there are fewer D1 **swimming** programs for men. And talents like Andrew Wilson have shown you can develop massively under a good D3 coach while also focusing equally or more on earning a world-class degree. The problem is money: (officially) no swimming scholarships for D3ers. I am biased, but I hope more top swimming talents make the choice to swim at SCIAC / NESCAC, etc. schools, where not only are they prestigious academically, they certainly allow you to more easily… Read more »

Penguin
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Not saying D3 schools are more academically prestigious across the board (they’re not) but they do generally allow you to focus more on academics as a student athlete

Thirteenthwind
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Seems like if money is a factor, the ability to graduate in your chosen degree in 4 years vs doing 4 with (some) scholarship plus 1-2 without any…that 4 yr should win out.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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