Arizona State Champion Breaststroker Nathan Kempiak Commits to NC State

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Arizona high school state champion Nathan Kempiak has verbally committed to North Carolina State University. Kempiak is finishing his high school junior year and is scheduled to arrive in the fall of 2021.

I am so blessed and exited to announce my verbal commitment to NC State’s swim and academic programs! I have to thank God and all of my coaches, family, and teammates who helped me get to where I am today! Going from the best to the best. Truly exited to crush future goals with an incredible program. Let’s go Pack! See you fall of 2021♦️🐺

In the 2019-2020 season, Kempiak, who swims for Gilbert Christian High School, won the Arizona Division 3 State Championship in the 100-yard breaststroke. Division 3 has generally the state’s smallest high schools.

He won that race in 58.35, and in February, at the Arizona Senior Open Championships, he won the club state title in 55.75. That makes him the 2nd-best high school breaststroker in the state this season (behind Penn commit Matthew Leblanc), and the best in the class out of the state.

Best Times in Yards

  • 50 free – 20.98
  • 100 free – 47.34
  • 100 breast – 55.75
  • 200 breast – 2:04.68
  • 200 IM – 1:59.83

Kempiak joins an absolutely-loaded NC State recruiting class of 2021. The program’s other 5 announced men’s recruits in the class so far are all ranked in the top 20 in the class. That includes #1 Aiden Hayes, #12 Arsenio Bustos, #11 David Curtiss, #18 Garrett Boone, and #7 Sam Hoover.

That class has 2 other 55-second breaststrokers – Bustos (55.16/1:59.37) and Sam Hoover (55.05/2:00.74). The breaststroke aren’t events where NC State has had as much success as they have in other events recently. In fact, NC State’s most recent breaststroking All-American was Duncan Goodhew, who won a total of 6 individual All-America awards between 1976 and 1979.

The NC State men are the 6-time defending ACC Conference Champions.

Kempiak trains with the Rio Salado Swim Club in Gilbert, Arizona.

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2 years ago

A team only needs one breaststroker but he needs to be a real good one.

Pack Mack
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Basically agree but a 2nd strong breastroker makes practice more challenging and helps in dual meets.

Jalen Stimes
2 years ago

What is it with NC State and their Class of 2021 recruits?

Arsenio Bustos
2 years ago

Time to go to work baby ♦️🐺

Reply to  Arsenio Bustos
2 years ago

Let’s do it baby! Go Pack!

GA Boy
2 years ago

NC State will win a medley relay while these kids are in college. No longer only a free relay school.

2 years ago

Pack doesn’t exactly have a strong rep for developing breaststrokers…

Reply to  Yup
2 years ago

4 men under Holloway have gone under 53 in the 100 breast. 3 women have gone under 59 (1 under 58).

Reply to  Jim
2 years ago

Under 53 ain’t what it used to be.

Sophie Hansson is legit, though.

Reply to  swimapologist
2 years ago

I agree but 3/8 relays at last years NCAA championships didn’t have a swimmer go under 52 in breaststroke.

Reply to  Yup
2 years ago

Not on men side…. yet. But take a look at their women! Hansson 57, Calegan 58, and slew in 1:00

Reply to  Yup
2 years ago

I think this is Partially true- more of an issue for a recruit is that they don’t tend to take many breaststrokers to ACCs.

Reply to  Aquaman
2 years ago

Sure. But why would you take more breaststrokers if you can score in other areas? In contrast, they had 5 entries on the women 100 breast… that’s plenty.

Reply to  Yup
2 years ago

Sorry Jim, no all americans for a top 5 team this century screams lack of development.

Reply to  Koolaide
2 years ago

Derek Hren went 52.27 to win the ACC championships in 2016. If he was able to match that time at NCAA’s he would have A-finaled.

Texas swims in a short pool
Reply to  Yup
2 years ago

2019 ACCs they had the 2nd fastest split of the field in the 200 medley relay and the fastest split of the field in the 400 medley. Kid was not a big time recruit either. Maybe they haven’t gotten it done on the big stage yet but they can develop breaststrokers

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