Fonder hails from Virginia, a current junior at William Byrd High School in Vinton, VA. He trains club with the Virginia Gators, and was quoted in an article with The Roanoke Times saying that ASU was “always the No. 1 school” that he wanted to attend.
A double Virginia 4A HS State champion this past February, Fonder excels in sprint butterfly and backstroke. He was 48.41 in the 100 fly and 49.52 in the 100 back to win those 4A titles earlier this year.
- 100 fly – 47.63
- 100 back – 48.46
- 200 fly – 1:47.13
- 50 free – 20.71
- 100 free – 44.57
- 200 free – 1:39.20
The Sun Devils, who have gained legitimacy as a program since Bob Bowman’s arrival as head coach, are certainly in need of sprint speed as a heavy senior class just exhausted its eligibility. Fonder will address that need immediately, especially with his butterfly speed.
Coming out of Ohio is Eddie Michael, a junior at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, OH. Michael is a sprint freestyler who trains with the Ohio State Swim Club.
“I am beyond excited to announce that I have committed to Arizona State University to further my academic and athletic career! Can’t wait to be a Sun Devil.”
Michael finished 3rd in the 100 back and 4th in the 100 free at the 2017 Ohio D1 HS State Championships. He also led off Dublin’s 200 free relay (21.07) and anchored their 400 free relay (44.62)
- 50 free – 21.07
- 100 free – 45.35
- 100 back – 50.40
- 200 back – 1:50.47
- 100 fly – 50.96
Michael will add depth to the ASU program, which has many swimmers who excel at free, back, and fly simultaneously.
Those three strokes are common in ASU’s class of 2022, as the other member besides Fonder and Michael is Cody Bybee, a fantastic sprint freestyler and butterflier who is also solid at backstroke. Bybee also hails from Ohio, like Michael, along with incoming ASU freshman Grant House.