2021 NCAA ‘B’ Finalist Will Chan to Transfer to Texas for 5th Year

2021 100 breaststroke NCAA ‘B’ finalist Will Chan has announced that he will be using his COVID-19 fifth year at Texas during the 2022-2023 season. Chan made the announcement by confirming to SwimSwam and placing “Texas Swimming and Diving” in his Instagram bio.

Chan spent his first four seasons at the University of Michigan. Chan qualified for NCAAs in all four of his seasons as a Wolverine.

At the 2022 Men’s Big Ten Championships, Chan scored 57 points for the Wolverines, the fourth most on the team. Chan made finals in all three of his individual events and was highlighted by a fourth place finish in the 100 breast as he swam a 52.01. He also finished eighth in the 50 free (19.67) and 17th in the 200 breast (1:57.73).

Chan went on to compete at the 2022 NCAA Championships where he swam in prelims of the 100 breast finishing with a time of 52.00 for 19th place. That time was a season best. Chan also swam on Michigan’s 200 and 400 medley relays as well as their 200 free relay at NCAAs.

In 2021, Chan qualified for the NCAA Championships where he was highlighted by a 13th place finish in the 100 breast (51.95). He also swam in prelims of the 200 breast (1:56.64, 37th) and 50 free (20.05, 46th).

Chan’s best SCY times are:

  • 100 breast: 50.95
  • 200 breast: 1:53.27
  • 50 free: 19.56
  • 100 free: 44.24

Chan’s best times have the potential to make an immediate impact for the Longhorns. His best 100 breast would have placed him second on the roster this past season only behind rising senior Caspar Corbeau. Chan’s best 200 breast would have been third on the roster this past season.

Chan’s best times also have the potential to make an impact for the runner-up Longhorns at the NCAA level. Texas’s lone scorer in the 100 breaststroke was Corbeau who finished as runner up with a time of 50.49. Chan’s best time would have finished sixth. Chan’s arrival will help bridge the gap in the 100 breaststroke for Texas next year as the Longhorns have multiple :53 breaststrokers coming in fall 2023.

Chan told SwimSwam that he will be pursuing a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) at the McCombs School of Business. He said he was “drawn to Texas because of the reputation of their business school and the culture of their swim & dive program. I’m looking forward to using my final year of collegiate elibility with the Longhorns while advancing my professional career outside the pool.”

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1 year ago

Surprised he chose one of the 3 schools in the country where he likely won’t be on a 200 medley relay.

Reply to  oxyswim
1 year ago

Their best 50 times are very close. I think they could use Chan on the 200MR and give Corbeau more rest, since Corbeau will likely also be on some free relays

Reply to  JeahBrah
1 year ago

The guy with the fastest (non-DQ) BR relay split isn’t giving up that spot..:

1 year ago

I’m impressed by how many Michigan swimmers are using their fifth year to transfer and get a masters degree.

Reply to  Jackman
1 year ago

Michigan’s Ross business school ranked much higher than Texas, why not stay & finish masters there?

Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 year ago

I’m pretty sure that in an open marketplace, masters of finance grads from either Michigan or Texas are both highly-sought-after and will have no trouble finding great jobs.

Mr. Pancake
Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 year ago

Imagine caring about rankings when you’re attending one of the top business schools in the country.

Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 year ago

AFAIK, Ross doesn’t offer a Masters in Finance. UM-Dearborn does… but not the same as UM-Ann Arbor. At Ross he’d have to get a PhD in Finance or do generalist business degrees at Ross (Masters in Management). He wouldn’t have enough work experience for their MBA program.

Last edited 1 year ago by BeefCakeSprinter
Reply to  Jackman
1 year ago

you have get accepted first, seems that easier in Texas than Mich…. I do not think it is cakewalk anywhere

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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