4x Nebraska High School State Champ Kael Mlinek Verbally Commits to Princeton

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Kael Mlinek from Lincoln, Nebraska has announced his verbal commitment to the application process* at Princeton University for the 2022-23 school year and beyond.

“I am honored to announce my verbal commitment to the application process at Princeton University! It’s a dream come true to be able to pursue my academic future and become a member of an amazing swim program at such a prestigious university. I want to thank Coaches Wilnes, Baker (FL), Ebito, JB & Julie Barr, Mueller, and Germonprez, my parents, former and current teammates, and especially my sister, Lanyon. In addition, I am also grateful for former Coach Lennox and his support during the recruitment process along with Coaches Crispino and Brethauer for allowing me to be a part of the incredible team they have built. I am excited for the next four years and a lifetime of being a Tiger!  Go Tigers!”

Mlinek is a senior at Lincoln Southwest High School. He won the 100 free (46.04) and 100 breast (55.09) last season at the 2021 Nebraska High School Swimming and Diving State Championships. He also contributed the breaststroke leg (24.38) to the winning 200 medley relay and anchored the runner-up 400 free relay (45.35), all of which helped the Silverhawks win their first boys state team title, snapping Creighton Prep’s 14-year streak. The 100 breast was a repeat performance; he won the individual state title in 2020 as well (56.81). Mlinek broke the Heartland Athletic Conference 100 breast record that had stood for 30 years with a time of 54.58.

Mlinek swims year-round under Liz Germonprez at iNspire Swim Team. His best 50/100/200 breaststroke times come from the 2021 NCSA Spring Swimming Championships where he placed 3rd, 4th, and 33rd, respectively, in the finals. In addition, he split 23.99/53.64 on the breast legs of the 200/400 medley relays and 20.97 on the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay. iNspire won the men’s title at 2021 NCSAs.

He also swam all three breaststroke distances in LCM at the Speedo Summer Championships-East.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 breast – 24.67
  • 50 breast relay split – 23.99
  • 100 breast – 54.40
  • 100 breast relay split – 53.74
  • 200 breast – 2:02.46
  • 50 free – 20.97

Mlinek will join the Princeton class of 2026 with fellow verbal commits Conor McKenna, James Pan, Lucas Strobek, Lucas Tudoras, and Mitchell Schott. His 100 breast time would already score at the conference level; he would have been an A-finalist at the 2020 Ivy League Men’s Championships (the 2021 version was canceled due to the pandemic). Princeton is in a breaststroke rebuilding mode, having lost its top two 2019-20 performers, Derek Cox and Corey Lau, to graduation.

*Note: A verbal commitment between an Ivy League coach and a prospective student-athlete is not an offer of admission, as only the Admission Office has that authority. The coach can only commit his or her support in the admission process. Ivy League Admission Offices do not issue “Likely Letters” before October 1 of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year of high school. The Likely Letter, while issued after an initial read of the student’s application, is not an offer of admission to the university.

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Lanyon Mlinek
1 year ago

Congrats baby bro! So happy and proud of you!

1 year ago

23.99 breast relay split?!?!? That is smokin legit!

1 year ago

Tiger Tiger – Way to go Kael!

1 year ago

Great addition, although breastroke is my least favorite to swim, Princeton is a favorite.

PU B-Unit
1 year ago

What a great get by the Tigers! Looking forward to cheering on more breaststroke Ivy League titles in the coming years.

1 year ago

Welcome to Princeton, Kael! You could not have made a better choice!

1 year ago

Great choice! Those medley relays will be quick.

1 year ago

Welcome to Princeton, Kael!

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