#6 Patrick Callan Announces Verbal Commitment to Michigan

Owasso, Oklahoma’s Patrick Callan, the #6 recruit on the SwimSwam list of top-20 boys in the high school class of 2018, has announced via social media that he will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.

“Pumped to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Michigan! Thanks so much to everyone for all the support! GO BLUE〽️?”

Callan is a senior at Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa where his father, Sean, is the coach. He also swims for his father at Trident Aquatics Club. Callan is arguably the best mid-distance freestyler in the class of 2018. His 500 time (4:14.66) is the fastest in the cohort, and with a 200 time of 1:34.06, he’s not too far off Drew Kibler’s leading 1:33.30.

A two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Callan is the OSSAA Class 5A record-holder in the 200 free (1:40.81 in 2016), 500 free (4:38.23 in 2015), 100 fly (50.64 in 2017), and 200 IM (1:51.44 in 2017). He also owns a share of the 5A record in the 400 free relay (45.20 anchor, 2017).

In club swimming, Callan placed 10th in the 400 free and 15th in the 200 free at Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials, earning a spot on the USA squad for 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. There he competed in the 200m free individually, finishing just off the podium in fourth with 1:47.61. His best time, however, came leading off the men’s 4×200 free relay in 1:47.33, more than 1.22 seconds faster than the 1:48.54 he went at Nationals.

Callan is a great pick-up for Michigan. His best 500 time would have been 20th at 2017 NCAA Division I Championships, just 1/100 behind current senior PJ Ransford. His 200 flat-start time would have been second only to Felix Auboeck on the 4×200 free relay, and would have made him 21st in prelims of the individual event. He’ll have two years’ overlap with Auboeck.

Best SCY Times:

  • 500 free – 4:14.66
  • 200 free – 1:34.06
  • 100 free – 44.50

Callan will head to Ann Arbor with fellow University of Michigan class of 2022 verbal commits AJ Bornstein, David Cleason, Ian Miskelley, Michael MacGillivray, and Will Chan.

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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swim coach
5 years ago

wow… such a shame… If he went to Texas he could have been so good ughhh. Bad decision on his part, but he was probably just scared to train hard and get better with them cause he would actually have competition unlike Michigan.

Swim
Reply to  swim coach
5 years ago

Mike Bottom and Pat Callan will prove you wrong.

bdjeheisbxnd
Reply to  swim coach
5 years ago

felix auboeck is gonna be a pretty damn good training partner for him. congrats patrick

Swims
Reply to  swim coach
5 years ago

Yea that Felix Auboeck he’s not fast at all

SwimDad
Reply to  swim coach
5 years ago

I know the kid personally. He’s definitely not scared to train hard. He’s just been a huge Michigan sports fan. Pretty sure his father graduated from Michigan as well.

Caleb
5 years ago

This kid is a little bit of a late bloomer but has been on a real roll the past year and a half… U.S. juniors are very deep in the mid-distance freestyle but he could break out to be the best in the bunch.

completelyconquered
Reply to  Caleb
5 years ago

3rd fastest 200m free (all-time)in the boys 17-18 age group behind names like Phelps and Haas. I’d say he’s already there.

Uberfan
Reply to  completelyconquered
5 years ago

He’s 4th actually

completelyconquered
Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

USA Swimming says 3rd, and I got the names wrong. Phelps 1:45.99, Rooney 1:47.10, Callan 1:47.33, Haas 1:47.55, Freeman 1:47.79.

tea rex
5 years ago

Good for him.
Could be the poor lighting, but that high schooler looks like he is in his late 20’s.

swimfan
5 years ago

Big loss for Notre Dame

NONA
5 years ago

I was very impressed with his 1:47.3 this summer, as that meet was the first I’d heard of him. If he can drop just a tiny bit more he could be an important part of our 4×200 free relay for the major international meets

BaldingEagle
Reply to  NONA
5 years ago

He had some strong races at JR Nats west, and when combined with times from the East, he was first or second in the 200 and 500.

Speed Racer
Reply to  BaldingEagle
5 years ago

Didn’t Kibler set NAGs in both those events?

DisplacedWolverine
Reply to  Speed Racer
5 years ago

In the 500, no because Callan had the top 500 time in the country.

Speed Racer
Reply to  DisplacedWolverine
5 years ago

Callan had the top time by the spring but he was not first or second as Balding Eagle said at Winter Jrs. And Kibler did set the 15/16 NAG at Winter Jrs. Callan must be older if his spring times weren’t eligible for the NAG.

https://swimswam.com/top-8-men-event-combined-winter-juniors/

swimming
5 years ago

Great to see a traditional powerhouse like Michigan pick up another mid-d guy… hopefully this helps establish some more parity amongst the top 10 teams.

korn
Reply to  swimming
5 years ago

not sure you can call them top 10 when they were 19th last year?

justkeepswimming
Reply to  korn
4 years ago

they’re 7th now lol

SwimmerTX
5 years ago

What are the chances of Robert Finke heading to Michigan after this?

korn
Reply to  SwimmerTX
5 years ago

slim or none…florida to michigan….that might be a stretch! not sure he looked at UM

Bleh
Reply to  SwimmerTX
5 years ago

Finke took trips to NC state, UF, and UGA

BaldingEagle
5 years ago

Congratulations, Patrick! I know everyone involved in OKS is thrilled for you! Have a great senior year!

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