2024 Men’s NCAAs: How Did Our Top 20 Recruits Perform As Freshmen?

We’ve already done a deep dive into our recruiting archives, looking at how the top 20 recruits from the high school class of 2020 did after four NCAA seasons. Now it’s time to look back at a more recent recruit ranking: the current year’s freshmen:

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Naturally, this analysis has a far smaller sample size than the lookback of how the class of 2020 fared over their entire career, so it’s much more difficult to read too much into these numbers. Still, it’s useful to look at which first-year NCAA swimmers had the best performances relative to their recruiting ranks.

As always, our notes on this data:

  • The data included is only individual scoring at NCAAs. That’s not an exact measure of an athlete’s contribution to a program: many of these swimmers (and others not listed) were relay scorers at NCAAs, scored significant points at conference meets and provided great leadership and culture-building for their programs. This data isn’t a perfect analysis of the best recruits – it’s merely a quick look at the data we can compile.
  • A college swimming career includes four years of eligibility, and sometimes more. Revisiting scoring after one year is an incomplete analysis of a swimmer’s career – this is not the final word on any of these prospects, and we will revisit this data over the next three seasons to get a more complete evaluation.

The ranks listed below are from our re-rank last summer – they are not current ranks of NCAA athletes. We also do not rank international athletes as recruits, as it’s hard to predict if and when they’ll come to the U.S., and which class with which to include them.


HM=Honorable mention

1 Rex Maurer Stanford 0 0
2 Will Modglin Texas 10 10
3 Scotty Buff Florida 6 6
4 Ilya Kharun Arizona State 39 39
5 Nate Germonprez Texas 12 12
6 Aaron Shackell Cal 0 redshirt
7 Henry McFadden Stanford 6 6
8 Hudson Williams NC State 0 0
9 Keaton Jones Cal 8 8
10 Brendan Whitfield Virginia Tech 0 0
11 Gibson Holmes Stanford 0 no invite
12 Roman Jones Cal 0 no invite
13 Logan Brown Texas A&M 0 0
14 Ben Irwin Navy 0 no invite
15 David Schmitt Harvard 0 no invite
16 Chase Mueller NC State 0 no invite
17 Toby Barnett Indiana 0 0
18 Cade Duncan Northwestern 0 no invite
19 Tristan DenBrok Georgia 0 no invite
20 Jonny Marshall Florida 26 26
HM Ethan Harrington Stanford 0 no invite
HM Will Heck NC State 0 no invite
HM Andrew Taylor Florida 16 16
HM Jack Madoch Virginia 0 no invite
HM Hayden Bellotti Virginia 0 no invite
HM Josh Parent Florida 0 no invite
HM Tomas Koski Georgia 0 0
HM Diego Nosack Northwestern 0 0
HM Diggory Dillingham USC 0 redshirt

The Hits:

  • The top performer by a landslide was #4 ranked Ilya Kharun, who followed up his impressive World Championship performance in the summer by scoring 39 points at his first NCAAs, playing a key role in Arizona State’s first team title. Kharun won the 200 fly as expected, placed 5th in a close 100 fly race, and also scored in the 50 free.
  • Two more recruits in the top five hit double-digit points: Will Modglin scored 10 for Texas, touching 1st in the ‘B’ final of the 100 back, and Longhorn teammate Nate Germonprez put up 12 after placing 7th in the 200 IM. Both had impressive freshman seasons as a whole and will be a big part of the future in Austin under new coach Bob Bowman.
  • The #2 freshman scorer among the ranked recruits was Jonny Marshall, who was ranked 20th coming out of high school but performed better than expected in his first year at Florida. After sweeping the backstroke events at SECs, he was in the ‘A’ final of both races at NCAAs, scoring 26 points.
  • Another Gator, Andrew Taylor, stood out among the Honorable Mentions, as he was the only one of them to score, placing 3rd in the 1650 free for 16 points. Taylor also set a PB in the 500 free at NCAAs (4:13.10) in a time that would’ve scored just last year.
  • #3 Scotty Buff, #7 Henry McFadden and #9 Keaton Jones finished off impressive campaigns by scoring as well, with Buff and Jones doing so in two events and McFadden placing 11th in the ultra-competitive 200 free. His prelim time of 1:31.65 would’ve made the ‘A’ final (easily) in 2023.

The Misses:

With three more seasons of eligibility, there are no real misses, but we’re simply looking at swimmers who may have not performed as expected as freshmen.

  • Top-ranked Rex Maurer didn’t have a bad season at Stanford, setting best times in his primary events at either the Texas Invite and Pac-12s, but didn’t hit his taper for NCAAs and failed to score.
  • It’s generally regarded that it takes male swimmers longer to make an impact in their college careers compared to women, and that proved to be the case among this class. Eleven out of 23 women (47.8%) either in our top 20 ranks or an Honorable Mention who competed for the entire season didn’t score at their first NCAAs, while 19 out of the 27 men failed to put points on the board (70.4%). That includes 12 who didn’t earn an invite.
  • Beyond Maurer, the top-ranked recruits who didn’t score were Hudson Williams and Brendan Whitfield, both in the top 10, while seven of the top 19 didn’t earn invites, including #11 Gibson Holmes and #12 Roman Jones.


And of course, we’ll include which unranked recruits earned NCAA invites and scored points this season – both domestic up-and-comers and international pickups.


BOTR Colin Geer Michigan 4 4
Early ’24 (#2) Daniel Diehl NC State 3 3
  • The only real unranked member of the boys’ high school class of 2023 who scored was Michigan’s Colin Geer, a “Best of the Rest” recruit who followed up a PB in the 200 fly at Big Tens (1:41.32) with another in the NCAA consols (1:41.23), placing 13th. Geer’s best time was 1:44.71 at the time of the rankings last year.
  • Daniel Diehl finds himself in this group after he graduated high school early and joined NC State for the second semester in January. Diehl, ranked #2 in the boys’ class of 2024, set best times in the prelims of the 200 back and 200 IM at NCAAs, qualifying 12th in both before ultimately placing 15th and 16th, respectively.


Poland Krzysztof Chmielewski USC 16 16
Croatia Jere Hribar LSU 6 6
  • Krzysztof Chmielewski came into his first year at USC with some pedigree as an Olympic finalist and World Championship silver medalist, and followed through with 16 points in his freshman season. The Polish native ranked atop the nation for the majority of the season in the 1650 free, and ended up placing 4th at NCAAs. The 200 fly being a vastly different event in yards and meters showed itself as the reigning Worlds runner-up was only 16th at NCAAs, setting a PB in the heats (qualifying 13th).
  • Relative to Chmielewski, Jere Hribar was a lesser-known name when he entered the NCAA at LSU, but proved to be an elite sprinter. The Croatian, who won silver in the 100 free at the 2022 World Juniors, broke 19 and 42 in the 50 and 100 free at his debut SECs, and followed up by earning a second swim in the 50 at NCAAs, placing 11th after setting a best of 18.81 in the heats. He also nearly anchored the Tigers to points in the medley relays (both finishing 18th) with 18.5/41.3 splits.


DIVE YuTong Wang Minnesota 22 22
DIVE Geoffrey Vavitsas Cal 14 14
DIVE Maxwell Miller Purdue 5 5
DIVE Holden Higbie Purdue 5 5
DIVE Tanner Braunton Texas 1 1
  • Minnesota’s YuTong Wang scored more than half of the team’s final tally in his freshman year, making the ‘A’ final of both springboard events for 22 points.
  • The other four freshman divers who managed to score all only did so in one event, three of whom got their points on platform. Cal’s Geoffrey Vavitsas had the highest finish among the group, placing 5th for 14 points.


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Long Strokes
1 month ago

Daniel Diehl has a ton of room to grow. He was only practicing 5-6 times a week a his local YMCA pool before going to NC State. It’s going to take him a while to make the huge jump.

1 month ago

What are the rules regarding the brand of suit vs cap that athletes wear?

I see Ilya is wearing and arena cap and a tyr suit.

Reply to  CELL
1 month ago

There are no rules, unless your sponsor is paying you and has made rules.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Good to know thanks

Ranger Coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

They don’t have to wear the suit brand that has a deal with the school? I would’ve thought it would have been the same rules as like football or basketball where you have to wear the brand that has the contract for the school.

1 month ago

i’ve been waiting for this for YEARS.

Stanford AD…maybe wake up?

1 month ago

5th year men really keep a lid on things. One more year of that, and then lots of spots open up for new guys to score (or score more).

Bad Man
1 month ago

Stanford has/attracts too much talent to allow Schemmel to remain HC.

Sacre Bleu!
1 month ago

Stanford 😱

Former Big10
Reply to  Sacre Bleu!
1 month ago

Been saying this for years. How their alumni haven’t been making a bigger stink, is beyond me. Dan is in way over his head. Nice guy, kinda, but this was a role too big for him.

Reply to  Sacre Bleu!
1 month ago

So women in Virginia saving coaches from. SS commentariat hatred

1 month ago

Brendan Whitfield is cracked. I believe he’s the 4th fastest freshman of all-time in the 100 free behind Krueger, Feigen, and Liendo and ahead of some good company by the name of Vlad Morozov, Dressel, Crooks, etc.

1 month ago

Whitfield may not have scored individually but he swam on ALL the relays which scored

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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