ASU Secures Verbal Commitment from #3 in Class of 2019, Jack Dolan

Wildwood, Missouri sprinter Jack Dolan, #3 on our list of the top boys in the high school class of 2019, has announced his verbal commitment to swim for Arizona State University in the fall of 2019.

“I chose ASU because I loved everything about the school. The coaching staff, facilities, the team, and the school itself are all first class. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Sun Devil!”

With a time of 19.62, 16-year-old Dolan is the top 50-freestyler in his class. He ranks 3rd all-time for 15-16 boys behind Michael Andrew (19.24) and Ryan Hoffer (19.38) and ahead of Drew Kibler (19.66), David Curtiss (19.75), and, yes, Caeleb Dressel (19.82). Dolan ranks 5th all-time in the 100 free (43.61) and 5th in the 200 free (1:34.78). Times like those are a nice shot in the arm for ASU’s sprint program. At NCAAs this year, Dolan would have been the Sun Devils’ second 50 freestyler at 38th place behind outgoing senior Andrew Porter (34th with 19.34). He would have been 38th in the 100, as well, and 29th in the 200, where two ASU swimmers made the B-final (sophomore Cameron Craig and freshman Grant House).

Dolan is the top-ranked recruit making a verbal to the Sun Devils. Arizona State got an early jump on the 2019-20 recruiting cycle with class of 2023 verbal commitments from Jace Brown, Jarod Arroyo, Julian Hill, and Scott Lyons. As a reminder, the wave of newcomers expected in Tempe next fall is expected to consist of Carter Swift, Cody Bybee, Cole Kilburn, Eddie Michael, Elijah Warren, Ethan Luc, Gage Kohner, Jack Edgemond, Jack Kucharczyk, Jack Little, Jackson Etter, Jakob Icimsoy, Khalil Fonder, Liam Bresette, Noah Desman, and Noah Henry.

A junior at Eureka High School, Dolan swims for Rockwood Swim Club. Since Winter Juniors West, where he won the 100 free and 200 free and scored new PBs in the 50/200 free and 100 back, he has competed at Columbia Sectionals and NSCA Spring Championship and lowered his best times in the 50/100 fly and 200 back.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 19.62
  • 100 free – 43.61
  • 200 free – 1:34.78
  • 100 fly – 46.81
  • 100 back – 47.10
  • 200 back – 1:43.42

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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CoachJonDavid
4 years ago

Why not be supportive? He believes this is the best fit and congratulate him! Too many negative comments about how he will end up doing when you really don’t know and haven’t walked in his shoes. Congratulations Jack and look forward to seeing awesome results over the next 4 years!

Remiws
Reply to  CoachJonDavid
4 years ago

Maybe its the whole pkg…hello maybe they have a program he wants

bobo gigi
4 years ago

I saw him a future sprint freestyle star but he continues to swim backstroke. I wonder how he will develop under Bob Bowman. Anyway if he wants to be great at 50 free/100 free then he must focus on those events.

running start to touch backstroke flags
4 years ago

Big loss for the Dolan family who could have seen Jack at the best swimming school in the nation >>> Cal <<<

bob

Did they win NCAA’s?

MECoach
Reply to  bob
4 years ago

Bob, they came pretty darn close to it- next year with Dressel and the NC state people gone, it’s looking to be on the horizon

Lost In The Sauce
Reply to  MECoach
4 years ago

Dressel and those NC State kids being gone is a huge lose for… Texas?

Bruh

They lost by about 10 points due to diving, otherwise they would’ve won by well over 50… why the “best swim team in the country” phrase is unarguable. He didn’t say “the best swim and dive team” for everyone who’s going to try and bash this comment. NC state and Florida have phenomenal athletes but don’t have the depth to compete with cal or Texas, cal has hands down the best “swim team” (at least for 2018)

Jambo Sana
4 years ago

But can he swim breaststroke?

anonymous
Reply to  Jambo Sana
4 years ago

Why is breaststroke so important if he has free, fly and back?

Tea rex
4 years ago

If Bowman wants to build a legit NCAA team, he needs sprinters. Like if Reese wants to stay atop the NCAA, he needs a breaststroker like Jake Foster (or a few). So the high school commits make sense from the coaches’ point of view.

My question is, how does it make sense from the high schooler’s perspective? Jack Dolan could get a full ride from about any school in the country. Why ASU?

MECoach
Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

Could he? Why would Cal spend a full ride on a 19.6 when they’ve got plenty of those and got an 18 second 50 freestyle commit that just finished his freshman year

Tea rex
Reply to  MECoach
4 years ago

Dolan’s times compare very favorably to someone like Michael Jensen’s out of high school – best sprinter in the class, range up to 200, and with back and fly also on the table. Even as a complete amateur, I can think of a few ways to develop a swimmer such as that.

To be fair, most top swimming prospects look at coaches more than professors. But even still – why does a sprinter choose a coach known for developing 200 stroke swimmers? Not saying it is the wrong choice, it just seems odd. To me.

sven
Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

I get what you’re saying, but I think there are a couple of things that are important to keep in mind:

1) I think Jack Dolan is a sprinter, sure, but it’s not as though he’s a pure sprinter who only does the 50 and 100. He’s pretty darn good at the 50, pretty darn good at the 100, pretty darn good at the 200. Hell, the kid even goes 9:26 in his 1000, which may not be on the same level as the shorter distances but definitely means he’s not a traditional sprinter.

2) He’s great at back and fly, and his breast and IM aren’t bad (he went 59 and 1:51 at a scrub meet way back in… Read more »

Swimming Fan
Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

He may be getting the equivalent of a full ride. ASU is not that expensive of a school and they give significant academic dollars to out of state studenst. By way of example, a 3.0 GPA and an 1170 SAT can qualify for a $14K a year academic scholarship. Better grades and SAT and you get quite a bit more. Throw in some swim money and it’s all a very reasonable cost. Good get by ASU. The kid is a monster in the pool so it will be interesting to follow his progress. Congrats to him!

Admin
Reply to  Swimming Fan
4 years ago

According to collegedata.com, Arizona State Coast of Attendance In-State is 27,530, out-of-state is 44,110 (tuition 17,792 and 27,372, respectively). Arizona is 28k/51k (11/35K), Texas is 25k/50k (10k/35k), Cal is 36k/64k (13k/41k), Michigan is 29k/62k (14k/47k).

Swimming Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Slight correction, plus update on your ASU numbers. In-state is $10,522 for 2017-18 (not (17,792); Total Cost estimate for 2017-18 of $28,491. Out-of-state $27,372 is correct; total for 2017-18 is $45,071. However, as I mentioned, ASU appears to be one of those schools where the sticker price is not necessarily the actual price as the school gives significant academic aid (discounts?) for modest academic credentials. The out-state-academic aid can easily get the tuition cost down to at least the in-state amount.

Towelie
Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

Say what you want about his performance at ASU and with his pro group in recent years, but Bob bowman still coached the greatest swimmer of all time. These kids were probably around 8 years old during the 2008 Olympics. I’m sure that Michael Phelps was a huge inspiration for most kids around that age. Also, bowman has been pretty well known for a swim coach since the 2000s. I gotta imagine it feels pretty cool to swim for a legendary coach day in and day out.

sven
4 years ago

I have a feeling that the way Mary has trained him is gonna be highly compatible with Bowman’s style. I’m not sure where his ceiling is, but at the very least he’ll contribute relay points at NCAAs this coming year. I’m sure he’ll be an individual scorer at some point in his college career.

Guy
Reply to  sven
4 years ago

He won’t score any points at NCAA’s this coming year.

Becky D
Reply to  sven
4 years ago

It’s a rare swimmer that is able to contribute relay points at NCAAs the year before they start college.

aviatorfly
Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

Only one ever has…….Dean Farris

Remiws
Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

Magical even

Remiws
4 years ago

Gains this yr and next – Med relay should be screaming fast!

Coach K
4 years ago

Dolan is going to do great things under Bowman, too bad Mizzou couldn’t keep him in-state

swimmer
Reply to  Coach K
4 years ago

He actually just moved to Mizzou from Georgia a while back. So not suprised he was that close with the college there.

Sarcastic
Reply to  Coach K
4 years ago

He most like will only swim fast at dual meets and Pac 12s – definitely not at NCAAs

swimmom
Reply to  Coach K
4 years ago

Mizzou has been know to screw over Missouri-resident swimmers. They’ve offered scholarships and when the athlete committed said they had given away the money and cut many others from the roster on the coach’s whim. I’m betting his club coach told him to not even look at Mizzou!

Midwesterner
Reply to  swimmom
4 years ago

Which Mizzou swimmers have been cut? Swim Swam just did an analysis that showed Mizzou’s athlete retention is pretty good, so not sure where your data comes from.

Go Tigers
Reply to  swimmom
4 years ago

I know of one person that was cut from the team in the past few years, with a handful of others leaving before their 4 years were up. “Many others” is definitely a bit of stretch no matter how you’re looking at it though…as great as it would have been to have Jack at Mizzou I feel like ASU is a better fit if his ultimate goal right now is a 2020 relay spot. Plus if they’re both free, might as well go to the one in a cooler place

GoTigers
Reply to  swimmom
4 years ago

lol there’s only been one in-state swimmer who has been cut, and that’s because their times couldn’t keep up with the program’s progress. here are a list of in-state’s that haven’t been “screwed over”:

-Eagan Groome (School Record Holder)
-Amanda Masters (School Record Holder/NCAA)
-Matthew Margritier (NCAA qualifier)
-Andrew Sansoucie (SRH/NCAA qualifier)
-Nick Davis (SRH/ NCAA qualifier)
-Haley Hynes (SRH/ NCAA qualifier)
-Nick Alexander (NCAA qualifier)
-Dane Florea (incoming freshman)

and probably many many more… maybe fact check before commenting?

Midwesterner
Reply to  swimmom
4 years ago

Comparing ASU’s roster changes to Mizzou’s, I’d go the Mizzou route in a heartbeat.

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