#15 Caiden Bowers Hands Verbal Commitment to Cal for 2025-26

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High school junior Caiden Bowers from Marriottsville, Maryland, has made a verbal commitment to the University of California, Berkeley. He will join the Golden Bears with the already-committed Andrew Shackell in the fall of 2025.

He made his announcement on social media:

“I am beyond grateful and excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at the University of California, Berkeley! I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for all of their support in this process. I would also like to thank all of the coaches at Cal for giving me this incredible opportunity. GO BEARS! 🐻🐻🐻
“When your life doesn’t go as planned, change your perspective but do not stop dreaming”

We ranked Bowers #15 on our Way Too Early list of boys’ recruits from the high school class of 2025. He has a wide range of events, hovering near the top of the class in the 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 IM. Bowers swims for McDonogh School and Eagle Swim Team. He was instrumental in McDonogh’s 5th-straight MIAA “A” title last February, winning the 100 fly (47.96) and 100 breast (54.70), earning PBs in both events and lowering his own Maryland state record in the fly.

A couple of weeks later, he won the 100/200 breast, 50/100 fly, and 200 IM at the Maryland Swimming LSC Senior Championships. He left the meet with new times in the 50 free, 50 breast, 50 fly, and 200 IM. Two weeks later, he was back at it, competing at the NCSA Spring Championships. There, he placed top-8 in the 50 breast, 100 breast, and 50 fly and was 9th in the 200 IM.

At the LCM version of that event this summer, he finished 3rd in the 50 breast (28.84), 5th in the 100 breast (1:03.46), and 10th in the 50 fly (25.20). He wrapped up the summer at Junior Nationals where he swam the 100/200 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 fly – 47.96
  • 200 fly – 1:49.79
  • 100 breast – 54.70
  • 200 breast – 2:01.23
  • 200 IM – 1:48.79

Bowers will bring flexibility to the Cal roster. His sophomore-year 100 fly time would have ranked 5th among the Golden Bears last season and his 100/200 breast, 200 fly, and 200 IM times would have hovered around the top-10. With his summer improvements of 1.8 seconds in the 100 LCM breast, 3.7 in the 200 breast, 2.4 in the 200 fly, and 1.2 in the 200 IM, Bowers is poised to have a strong short-course season this year, giving the Golden Bears even more options when he suits up in the fall of 2025.

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Long Strokes
2 months ago

Isn’t he a high school senior now? Is he planning on taking a gap year?

2 months ago

Where will he train when he graduates in May?

Fukuoka Gold
2 months ago

Common W for Cal

Common L for Andrew

Former Cal Student
2 months ago

Welcome to Cal and Go Bears!

2 months ago


2 months ago

Go Bears!

2 months ago

Wow, what a shame. Cal does not do well with short axis breaststroke guys

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

More guys under 51 than any other school 😂

Reply to  Curious
2 months ago

let’s take a look at some of their guys. i tried to keep it to recruits from 2021 and earlier, meaning they’ve had at least 2+ years with Cal’s program

Jacques Lauffer came in a 54.19/1:54.72 breaststroker (converted from SCM so it’s accurate) and he is now a 53.96/1:54.95 breaststroker. quite the improvement!

Jack Meehan came in a 55.3/2:01.58. He is now a 55.3/2:01.58 breaststroker. Didn’t drop any time whatsoever. Cal turned him into a distance freer (not his strengths) when he was an intriguing breast/mid D free/IM versatile prospect coming out of high school

Forrest Frazier was a 54.16/2:00.03 breaststroker. He is now a 52.46/1:54.63 breaststroker. Good 200 improvement, but from a top 20 recruit with a 1.xx power… Read more »

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

I like how you conveniently left out Jacob Soderlund (54.2/2:01.5 to 51.9/1:54.4), Matthew Jensen (54.2 to 51.4), and a bunch of others for the sake of your argument

Last edited 2 months ago by Forkfull
Reply to  Forkfull
2 months ago

Those guys were last minute pickups and slow coming out of high school. It’s not asking much (or a testament to coaching staff) when a swimmer drops from a high school time to 51 mid-high

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

If every coaching staff can take these swimmers that are “last minute pick ups” (Matthew Jensen committed November of his junior yr btw), and make them 51, why are there only 40 sub 52 each year?

Reply to  Curious
2 months ago

Yeah, because they recruit guys going 51. I’d be concerned if they didn’t at least get to 50 point.

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

The increasing specificity as he reaches further and further is hilarious

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