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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:
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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