#8 Jake Sannem Announces Verbal Commitment to USC

Sannem told SwimSwam, “I chose USC because it was a perfect combination of everything I was looking for. From the outstanding academics, amazing coaching staff, and awesome team, I know USC will challenge me in and out of the pool to reach my goals. I am so excited to be a part of the trojan family! Fight On!”

He then added, “I hope to see a celebrity or two while I am in LA!”

Jake Sannem of Ambler, Pennsylvania, the number 8 swimmer on the SwimSwam top 20 list of high school boys in the class of 2017, has given a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California for 2017-18. Sannem is a senior at La Salle College High School, and the defending Pennsylvania AAA State Championship in the 500 free (4:19.64). Sannem was also runner-up in the 200 free (1:35.44) at the same meet, and led off La Salle College’s 400 free relay (44.92) and anchored the 200 free relay.

Sannem swims year-round for Upper Dublin Aquatic Club. He is one of the strongest 200 freestylers in his cohort, and stretches his range from the 50 to the 400/500. At 2016 Speedo Junior Nationals he finaled in the 50/100/200/400 freestyle events, finishing in the top 8 in the 100 and 200 distances. He also had three top-8 finishes in at 2015 Winter Juniors East, coming in second in the 200 free, third in the 500, and sixth in the 100. Not yet 18 years old, Sannem is already ranked in the top 34 in the 200y free and top 54 in the 500y free on the all-time list for 17/18 boys.

His best times are:

50 free 20.78 23.99
100 free 44:45 51.29
200 free 1:35.44 1:51.43
500/400 free 4:19.64 3:58.68

USC has a great tradition of 200/500 freestylers. Sannem already has times that would score in the B finals at Pac-12 Championships; while he’ll just miss overlapping with Reed Malone, Sannem will have a deep training group, led by Pawel Furtek, when he arrives in Los Angeles.

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Pity he didn’t go to Stanford. With Shoults 4:12, Sweetser 4:15, Egan 4:13, Murphy 4:20, Hirschberger 4:15 who will all be there next year, would’ve been a good addition to a great group


Let’s see how much faster those guys get in Stanford 🙂


Egan went to Stanford with a 4:19. But yes I’m also curious to see how the others improve.

big boi

It’s likely he may have not been accepted. Although USC has high academic standards, it doesn’t quite compare to Stanford. It is also possible that he wanted to focus more on swimming than studying, which is definitely respectable. Either way, I don’t see why people are downvoting this comment. Stanford has the best 500 freestyle training group other than Texas, and by a wide margin.

Happy Camper

It’s also possible there was little scholarship money left for swimmers with his skill set. Congrats to the kid for picking a school that is best for him. It’s time the peanut gallery stops second guessing these decisions and just wishes these kids the best of luck.

Dolla Bill

Excuse me “Big Boi” but this fella did get in to Stanford. I get this from a VERY reliable source, and I know what you are thinking what kind of source, primary, secondary, tertiary. Well, I am not at liberty to reveal what source it is because you probably don’t even know what that means. However, the guy that just committed to USC yeah that guy knows what it means because not only did he get into Stanford, but he also had the best AP World History teacher ever. Also, this kid is a big fan of surfing and the beach and I’m not sure what the surf scene is like in Palo Alto, but in that little town Los… Read more »


He was probably intimidated by the group. At USC he’ll at least be able to score for his team


Only four of the top ten yet to make commitments! I am so excited!


Interesting that Texas, Florida, and a few other top 10 programs only have 1 or 2 commits, if that.


I agree as all the top 10 programs have had 2-3 official recruit trips to date with only a few verbal commitments……..I wonder if some of the programs 10-25 will capitalize this year.


NC State is the only top 5 program that has multiple commitments… Future is bright in Raleigh

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