#16 Peter Thompson Sends Verbal Commitment to Virginia for 2021-22

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Peter Thompson, a junior at Billings Senior High School in Billings, Montana has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Virginia for 2021-22. Thompson is ranked 16th on our Way Too Early list of boys from the high school class of 2021.

Thompson swims for Billings Aquatic Club and is a member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team for 2019-20. Thompson came to swimming through the triathlon, competing at the Big Sky State Games. Now, he is an Olympic Trials qualifier and the recipient of the 2019 National Congress of State Games Male Youth Athlete of the Year Award. He currently holds 7 Montana State Records as the fastest swimmer ever in the 15-16 Age Group for 200/400/500/800/1650 free and 400 IM (both SCY and LCM).

Thompson is the top miler in the class of 2021. He qualified for 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 1500m free (15:35.51) and for the National Junior Team in the 10K. At Winter Juniors West, he placed 15th in the 500 free and also competed in the 200 free and 400 IM. He picked up new PBs in both freestyles. He competed in the 400/800/1500 free and 400 IM at Speedo Junior Nationals last summer, placing 6th in the 1500, and 18th in the 800, and touching 31st and 36th in prelims of the 400 free and 400 IM, respectively.

Thompson has a lot of potential to make his mark in Charlottesville. He has made tremendous progress over the last three years, as seen in the chart below:

  2017 2018 2019
1650y free 16:25.98 15:17.66 15:19.98
1500m free 16:45.74 16:00.20 15:35.51
1000 free 9:37.85 9:18.87 9:05.95
800m free 8:43.09 8:21.28 8:17.84
500y free 4:40.05 4:30.61 4:25.96
400m free 4:16.57 4:06.56 4:01.57
400y IM 4:20.56 4:04.17 3:57.42
400m IM 5:30.43 4:54.70 4:32.63

UVA has also secured verbals from Colin Bitz, Connor Boyle (#14), Daniel Worth, Jack Aikins (#18), Matthew Styczen, Max Iida, and Tyler Sicignano for the class of 2025.

Best SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 15:17.66
  • 1000 free – 9:05.95
  • 500 free – 4:25.96
  • 200 free – 1:39.76
  • 400 IM – 3:57.42

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DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

BOOM! DeSorbo does it once again!

Another top recruit to the top school!

Welcome to the Party in Hooville!

mrkrabbs
Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

oh my god please relax

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  mrkrabbs
1 year ago

Great advice but “relax” is not in Desorbo Effect’s vocabulary😄!

Jp input too short
Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

You’re right all you guys do is party. Maybe if you didn’t party so much you’d be better at swimming?

SwimFan
1 year ago

UVA looking real scary

DravenOP
1 year ago

Congrats! Looks quite cold to be standing outside in a tshirt!

Anonymous
Reply to  DravenOP
1 year ago

Thinking the same. Poor guy looks c.o.l.d! VA might feel sauna-ish in comparison.

2 Cents
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

it was the Paul Bunyon sized hot tub they have there on deck….

Spencer
1 year ago

Although I know this be will be unpopular has anyone else wondered why some of these kids are passing on truly elite educations to go to Virginia? I mean Gretchen Walsh could have gone to Stanford or anywhere really and she chose Virginia. This was previously sort of unheard of.

Let the hate rain…

Nonrevhoofan
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Welcome Peter!!! Stanford and the Ivies aren’t for everyone. I was admitted to Ivy League schools, and chose UVa for the balance of academics, social and environment. 40 years+ later, I certainly don’t regret my decision. My Princeton-educated brother is happy he went there; to each his/her/their own. Virginia and Berkeley are top three public universities in the country; no one ever seemed to question those who chose Cal or USC over Stanford. (PS: My prediction is 3 down votes for every up vote.)

JeahBrah
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Huh? UVA is a great choice for academics; it is one of the best public universities in the US.
And these athletes have always chosen schools for multiple factors. If it had been previously unheard of for athletes to pass on elite educations, then the Ivies would have won more titles. Last I see is Yale men in 1953

Snarky
Reply to  JeahBrah
1 year ago

No scholarships in the ivies.

Aquaman
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Sounds like troll bait but I’ll bite.
There is a prevailing thought process that one can only get an “elite” education at, fill in fantasy school of your choice,. Unfortunately too many high school kids and families buy into that. Less BS resume filler, AP classes and more pursuing one’s true interests would make our youth better rounded and sane.
The name on your sheepskin will not define, make or break you. UVA BTW is a fine school

lightning
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

1) most beautiful campus (grounds) in the country with a beautiful surrounding area with tons of historical sites
2) a top public university consistently since rankings existed
3) a consistently top 15 and now top 10 swimming program with a popular coach
4) Charlottesville is always listed as one of the best cities in which to live in all those travel lists by publications such as Frommers, AAA, etc (look it up)
5) a city with 4 unique seasons
6) Bodo’s Bagels

Dmswim
Reply to  lightning
1 year ago

Bodo’s is definitely worth it.

Togger
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Unless you want a career in tech, on the Street or overseas, not sure it makes a huge difference.

Of course, lots of people do want to work in Silicon Valley, high finance and internationally, but it’s not for everyone.

DravenOP
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Ask yourself that about the top ranked men in this recruiting class as well. They chose Texas and NCSU, schools that are not ranked at the top of the USNEWS, etc. ranking or considered “elite” educations. So maybe your hypothesis that recruits only care about which schools are considered the most “elite” is wrong. If you apply yourself and are truly invested in your education, you can get an “elite” or at least very good education at most universities in this country.

Swimmomtoo
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

UVA has one of the top ranked commerce schools in the nation. Stanford is overrated, and not for everyone. As for IVYs, other than Cornell, not really good places for future engineers.
UVA has great location, beautiful campus, strong school spirits, too-notch academics, and athletic scholarship, other than its dismal dining hall food, what’s not to love. 😅

2 Cents
Reply to  Swimmomtoo
1 year ago

Hold on now… Runk is awesomem if it still exists…. and to the above comment about Bodo’s… I would take Runk over Bodo’s any day, but one hell of a mess at white spot is the most underrated breakfast in Cville.

Dmswim
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Gretchen may not have wanted to travel so far from home. It’s nice to have your parents be able to come to your meets and to have less travel time home on the brief breaks you get as a college swimmer.

Swimfan406
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

UVA is ranked top 5 in the nation…

2 Cents
Reply to  Spencer
1 year ago

Pure Troll bait and I’ll bite… Previously unheard of?? I remember Auburn being the best for a long time, and Texas still is… Indiana also had a big tradition of winning titles back in the day.. same with NC State. I would not consider any of them, nor do any of the legitimate ranking of college academics consider them above UVA. In fact, I can’t think of another East Coast university that parallels Virginia in academics AND athletics. And just to make those happy in Ann Arbor, lets call that the midwest and not the east coast.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

Over 50% of their undergraduates in 2016 obtained degrees in either liberal arts & science, economics, business, biology/biological sciences, international relations and affairs, or psychology (according to the school’s records on graduation). Seems like the place to go (or at least consider) if you are looking at one of these 6 scholastic programs to major in. It’s “not a fit” for everyone (no school is). Coming from a “conservative background”, it wouldn’t have been “my cup of tea” but “to each his own”.

2 Cents
Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

UVA famously/infamously has a very small number of majors compared to most major universities. For example if you want to do med school, you have to major in biology there since premed is not a major. They do not offer majors like hospitality, or communications or anything in the agriculture field.

Patrick
1 year ago

Congratulations, Peter! Great school and swim program.

David Berkoff
1 year ago

Congrats Peter. Welcome to the ACC. But I will be rooting for the Pack! 😜

Lane 8
1 year ago

Congrats on committing! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it there!

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