#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!

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?

1 year ago

UVA looking real scary

1 year ago

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

Reply to  DravenOP
1 year ago

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

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Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

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

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