2-Sport Athlete Andrew Babyak Verbally Commits to Michigan

Andrew Babyak has announced his verbal commitment to swim for The University of Michigan beginning in the fall of 2018. Also on the Wolverines’ roster for the class of 2022 will be fellow verbal commits AJ Bornstein, David Cleason, Ian Miskelley, Michael MacGillivray, Patrick Callan, and Will Chan.

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at The University of Michigan!  I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for supporting me throughout this process and putting me in the position to have this opportunity.  I am looking forward to being part of the Michigan tradition.  Go Blue!”

The Bronxville High School senior has only been a one-sport athlete for a year. Prior to that he also played lacrosse, and made the All-Section and All-League teams as a defenseman at Bronxville. In high school swimming, Babyak won the 2017 New York State Public High School and Federation titles in the 500 freestyle (4:26.26) and anchored 2017 NYSPHSAA state champion 400 freestyle relay. He is a USA Swimming Scholastic All American and a two-time NISCA All-American.

Babyak swims year-round with Badger Swim Club in Larchmont, New York under coach John Collins. He won the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles at Ithaca Sectionals and swam in the 200/400/800/1500 freestyle events at Summer Junior Nationals.

Top Times:

  • 200 free 1:40.12
  • 500 free 4:26.26
  • 1000 free 9:13.09
  • 1650 free 15:26.79

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

 

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Sccoach
5 years ago

I seriously don’t understand how those times are possible for a new swimmer. Can anyone think of another distance swimmer who has accomplished a feat like this?

Mixed Feelings
Reply to  Sccoach
5 years ago

It’s because he’s not a new swimmer. He has actually been swimming year round for two, almost three years now. And before that, he has always swum at least 10 months of the year. Not trying to undermine his performances and success by any means, but just want the truth to be known.

Sccoach
Reply to  Mixed Feelings
5 years ago

Oh ok. So he is pretty much a year round swimmer but takes one 2 and a half month high school sports season off to play lacrosse. Not that unusual. Still incredible times though, props to him

D1swimmer
Reply to  Mixed Feelings
5 years ago

You sound grumpy

Sccoach
Reply to  D1swimmer
5 years ago

Not grumpy at all. I played water polo during the fall high school season in California and afterwards swam for the rest of the year, and considered myself a full time swimmer. Was just looking for some clarification since I’ve never heard of a part time distance swimmer doing times like that

aviatorfly
5 years ago

Dude has some nice lacrosse highlights. Distance swimming would be more fun if you could poke the competition with a six foot pole.

D1swimmer
5 years ago

Impressive ! Congrats to Andrew and his Badger coaches.

Gang Shi
5 years ago

babycakes ???

crooked donald
5 years ago

Hmmm. Distance free, lacrosse. I’m going with lacrosse.

ACC fan
5 years ago

Only been swimming year round for one year! Wow! Those are some fast times, especially in distance with little “base”. What a talent!

aviatorfly
Reply to  ACC fan
5 years ago

Is there some miserable green troll under a bridge, with internet access, that downvotes any and every comment? Seriously, what jackwagon would downvote a positive comment like this?

division1
Reply to  aviatorfly
5 years ago

Congratulations to Andrew and his Badger coaches. Hard work pays off.

swimmerforlife
Reply to  aviatorfly
5 years ago

Join the discussion
The negative comments are probably due to the fact that Andrew has been swimming year round since he was little and not a year. No idea why this is circulating here and on Swimming World. He is only new to the Badger club team but not to club year round swimming. He has only been HS swimming 2 years since his school just recently added a boys’ team. Congrats to Andrew – he has worked hard for this for many years!

Swimswamswum
Reply to  swimmerforlife
5 years ago

I think that the ‘false information’ of him only swimming year round since last year is because whoever provided SwimSwam/Swimming World with the news of his commitment gave them that information. I guess it makes the commitment sound more exciting/newsworthy the less time someone has been swimming! 🙂

SpeedRacer
Reply to  swimmerforlife
5 years ago

Well now it says he is a one sport athlete for just a year in the body yet he is a two sport athlete in the header. ?

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