World Champs Silver Medalist Andrei Minakov Commits to Stanford

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There’s even more to be thankful today in Palo Alto, as Russian teen phenom Andrei Minakov, this summer’s silver medalist in the 100 fly at World Championships, just announced that he’s verbally committed to Stanford University.

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It’s official!!! I am absolutely thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to Stanford University❤️🌲 It was my dream since childhood, and I am very happy it’s finally become a reality. I want to express gratitude to my family, friends, and coaches, who have been working with me for many years and especially to Ray Mitchell from Terrapins swim team!
Swim fast, study hard.
GO CARD🌲🌲🌲
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This summer, Minakov took on a big schedule, racing at the World Championships, European Junior Championships, and World Junior Championships. He is believed to be the only swimmer that medalled at all 3 of those meets. In spite of almost 2-straight months of championship meets, Minakov captured 6 medals at the European Junior Championships (including 4 golds), 7 medals at the World Junior Championships (including 3 gold), and the silver medal in the 100 fly at the World Championships (in addition to 2 relay medals). Last summer, in 2018, he was also the dominant swimmer of the Youth Olympic Games, winning 6 gold and 1 silver medal.

Minakov trains primarily in Russia, but has also spent time with the Terrapin Swim Team in Concord, CA, not too far from Stanford. He trained for several years under Terrapin coach Ray Mitchell, who Minakov thanked in his announcement.

Minakov was initially was slated to take part in the ISL’s inaugural season, but announced in September that he was forgoing that in order to preserve his NCAA eligibility. He’s the Russian national record holder in the 100 fly, with his time of 50.83 from Worlds.

Best Times in SCY

  • 50 free – 20.43
  • 100 free – 43.94
  • 100 fly – 46.59

Best Times in LCM

  • 50 free – 22.77
  • 100 free – 48.50
  • 50 fly – 23.39
  • 100 fly – 50.83

Assuming he’s heading to Stanford in the fall of 2020, as he initially indicated was his plan, Minakov helps cement a monster first recruiting class for Stanford head coach Dan Schemmel. That class already included #11 Ethan Hu, #13 Ethan Dang, #14 Rick Mihm, #16 Preston Forst, #19 Luke Maurer, and Aaron Sequiera. So, even without Minakov, that class had five of the top 20 recruits, and while we didn’t rank Minakov, as we typically don’t rank international swimmers, he’s clearly one of the very top recruits in the class, and is the metaphorical icing on the cake for the Cardinal.

This class should inject some much-needed new life into Stanford’s sprint relays, which have struggled over the past few years, and Minakov will immediately contend for a NCAA title in the 100 fly.

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TheRealSam
1 year ago

That’s one scary 100 fly combo with Hu

JCO
1 year ago

Who is the more valuable recruit in terms of scoring at NCAAs (Including relays)? Urlando or Minakov? While Luca will be incredibly valuable in 3 events and relays, Minakov will also be valuable in 3 events (his SCY times will be significantly faster than what they already are). Plus Minakov may be a better recruit in terms of bolstering relays as he is (slightly) stronger in sprint free & fly. Speaking of the class of 2020, any word on Adam Chaney?

Superfan
Reply to  JCO
1 year ago

Minakov! HUGE!!!

Swimmomtoo
Reply to  JCO
1 year ago

Depends on who goes to pro later.

Old Town Road
Reply to  Swimmomtoo
1 year ago

I find it hard to believe he is/will be an amateur throughout his college career. Anyone know how the California law allowing NCAA athletes changes things if he has already been compensated?

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  JCO
1 year ago

Minakov. Aside from fly events, he’ll contributed huge in all relays

Lane 8
1 year ago

Congrats Andrei! That’s one heck of a recruiting class for Stanford!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Lane 8
1 year ago

agreed & such a nice humble talented guy .

AustinPoolBoy
1 year ago

Holy crap! That is one big time immediate impact recruit. New coach is rocking it.

Mr Piano
1 year ago

The 100 fly next year is going to be nuts… we have so many 50. Swimmers.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

oh yes and he will only grow from here ……

Dbswims
1 year ago

Could he 4 peat the 100 fly gold in NCAA? That would be insane.

Also, when was those yards times from?

Congrats to Minakov!

Bambi
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Yes he could 4 peat the 100 fly at NCAAs BUT he will NOT!!!!!

Pvdh
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

I think he will. I imagine maybe only Ryan hoffer could beat him

Dbswims
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

Now that I think of it, Casas might be a threat, too. Unless he does a Shebat and swims the 1 back, 2 back, and 2 im and no 1 fly.

Lane 8
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

He could, but it will be tough. 100 fly at NC’s from 2021 to 2024 is going to be insane. Stanford looking to score big points there with him and Ethan Hu.
Yards times from 2017 PN AP 69th Husky Invite according to the times database. December 2017. That was the last yards meet he swam.

FlyNDie
Reply to  Lane 8
1 year ago

Dude went 46 two years ago at age 15. I’m sure you already made that connection but damn

Jon
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

I would like to think so… however his fastest yards time is 46.5, maybe he hasn’t swam scy in awhile? Or just doesn’t train it? Either way I’m cheering for him!

HonestObserver
1 year ago

I”m still trying to figure out which is the better swim, his 100 yard fly of 46.59, or his 100 LCM fly of 50.83.

(On a more serious note, that is a huge get; easy to imagine Stanford contending for the title in a few years.)

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  HonestObserver
1 year ago

The LCM is by far the better swim. That’s a 44 SCY or better.

Superfan
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

He was kidding

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

I missed that then.

Swammer
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Dont worry I didnt catch it either 🙂

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

same here LOL

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 year ago

Thank goodness I’m not alone LOL

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  HonestObserver
1 year ago

Great get! But IMHO, Stanford needs a strong class of 2021 (and even 2022) to be contending.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  HonestObserver
1 year ago

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Swimswammer
1 year ago

Genuinely curious, when is the last time a male swimmer won a medal at Worlds/Olympics individually before swimming in the NCAA?

Dbswims
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

It would have been possible that Urlando could have won a world championship medal but he was just .1 seconds away from a spot on the team in 2018 nationals.

DEAN IS GOD
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Regan Smith for females

Bambi
Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
1 year ago

Girls rule!!!

N P
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Well, I know Peirsol did it in the 200 back in Sydney. That’s not that recent though.

Atohitotsu
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Ian Crocker won gold in the medley relay in 2000 before swimming for Texas

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Missy franklin also for females

casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Foreign Embassy
1 year ago

And Ledecky…

DLSwim
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

The great Brian Goodell is a prime example!

Andy
Reply to  DLSwim
1 year ago

And of course Bobby Hackett. And didnt Spitz win hardware as a high school senior too?