#17 Landon D’Ariano Gives Texas Their 5th Top-20 Verbal Commitment for 2024-25

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Landon D’Ariano, a USA Swimming Scholastic All-America from West Chester, Pennsylvania, has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Texas class of 2028. The Germantown Academy junior, #17 on our Way Too Early ranking of the boys from the high school class of 2024, is the fifth top-20 recruit to make a pledge to the Longhorns for the fall of 2024. He will join #2 Cooper Lucas, #6 Jeremy Kelly, #9 Kyle Peck, #20 Luke Stibrich, and “Best of the Rest” Max Hatcher.

D’Ariano swims for his high school and for the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club. He specializes mainly in IM but is also a Summer Juniors qualifier in the 200 back and 200 fly and a Winter U.S. Open qualifier in the 500/1000/1650 free. He dropped 2.2 seconds and finished second in the 400 IM (3:46.98) at 2022 Winter Juniors East, where he also placed 18th in the 500 free, 24th in the 1650 free, and 21st in the 200 IM. He competed in the 200 free and 200 fly, as well, picking up a PB in the latter.

D’Ariano bookended his summer with outstanding LCM performances, beginning in May at the SCAR Memorial Day Meet. There, he clocked PBs in the 100/200/400 free, 200 fly, and 200/400 IM. He won the 200 fly and the 200/400 IM and was runner-up in the 200/400 free and fourth in the 100 free. He wrapped up long course season at the NCSA Summer Championships with updated PBs in the 200 free (1:53.74), 800 free (8:04.20), 200 IM (2:03.74), and 400 IM (4:21.00). He was runner-up in the 800 free and 200 IM, fourth in the 400 IM, and sixth in the 400 free. His 400 IM time would have placed second at Summer Junior Nationals, just .80 behind Diego Nosack’s winning time of 4:20.20.

With Jake and Carson Foster and David Johnston likely to have graduated by the time he starts, D’Ariano will be part of a changing-of-the-guard in the fabled Longhorn IM group. He’ll overlap two years with Alec Enyeart and Spencer Aurnou-Rhees, and will also find ready training partners in future classmates Lucas and Stibrich in IM and Hatcher in distance free.

Best SCY Times:

  • 400 IM – 3:46.98
  • 200 IM – 1:47.94
  • 1650 free – 15:20.35
  • 1000 free – 9:08.03
  • 500 free – 4:24.46
  • 200 free – 1:39.67
  • 200 back – 1:48.44
  • 200 fly – 1:49.61

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Landon's teammate
13 days ago

Wow, what a big pickup! I remember Landon one day at practice telling our coach he was fired up and wanted to do a 50 for time. I’ll never forget the look of shock on our coach’s face when Landon touched the wall and the clock read 19.02! (This was in a Long Course Meters pool by the way)

Landon’s other teamate
Reply to  Landon's teammate
13 days ago

I remember that! The 2012 peanut incident got him fired up to hit this insane time! The crowed erupted when his hand touched that board with a time of 19.02. After posting this news on twitter, eagles quarterback Tom Brady reposted it! Insane!!!

12 days ago

I got next

12 days ago

number one class in the county

Reply to  swimfan
12 days ago

Definitely #1 so far. If Diehl and Winkler commit to the same place, though… the conversation becomes really interesting, depending on where they go.

Diehl was hanging with NC State at the Pro Swim. If he and Kaii both wind up at NC State…

Reply to  swimfan
12 days ago

In the county? Oh, for sure

Herbert the Elephant
13 days ago

Oh GA what a way you have come! I am sorry for my incident and crash into the Lavino pool in 2012. Thanks to Arthur who helped lured me out of this mess! I just recently disowned zookeeper Joe in hopes to come back to GA one day!

Landon's personal trainer
13 days ago

Congrats Landon! What a long way he has come. I remember when he was just a wee lad he couldn’t even do 2 pullups. Now, he benches 400 (kilograms by the way) and can do a 19.02 in a 50! (Long course by the way)

Coach J
13 days ago


Rabid Texas fan
13 days ago

This is without a doubt the greatest moment of Germantown Academy Aquatic Club’s history. The only moment in GAAC’s history which could dethrone this is the 2012 peanut incident, when national hs record holder Arthur Frayler had to lure an elephant out of the pool with a bag of peanuts. Fun times! Hook em

13 days ago

Won 3 events at the prestigious interac swimming invitational last season. Huge addition for Texas! Hook em’

Gummy Shark
13 days ago

Game. Set. Match. Texas. #HOOKEM

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