Auburn Adds Mason Manta Rays Breaststroker Tyler Babinec for 2019

Tyler Babinec of the Mason Manta Rays in Ohio has verbally committed to the Auburn Tigers. He is a senior at Milford High School.

I’m so honoured to start the next chapter of life and announce my verbal commitment to Auburn University! When I went on my visit to Auburn, I didn’t want to leave. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are state of the art, and the people here are amazing. I’m so excited to get the education I want while at the same time be engulfed in everything that is Auburn Swimming and Diving. Thank you to the coaches at Auburn for putting together something amazing, thank you to all my coaches throughout the years for putting me together, and thank you to my parents and friends for keeping me together. Here’s to the new plains! WAR EAGLE!!!

Babinec was a finalist this summer in the 100m breaststroke at the 2018 Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine. There, he took 17th with a new personal best of 1:02.95.


  • 100y breast – 55.70
  • 200y breast – 2:02.46
  • 200y IM – 1:53.64
  • 100m breast – 1:02.95
  • 200m breast – 2:21.80

Auburn is in its first season under new head coach Gary Taylor, who took the job after serving as the associate head coach at NC State.

Babinec’s Mason Manta Rays teammate Grady Wheeler is also verbally committed to Auburn for 2023. The two will join a large class that includes Aidan StoffleDaniel BerlitzJack ArmstrongNick Vance, Davis Edwards, Lleyton Smith, and Niklas Eberly.

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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3 years ago

Doesn’t this kid hold a NAG relay record or did I miss something

Definitely not his teammate
Reply to  swimmerTX
3 years ago

Yes. Summer of 2017 he joined Carson Foster, Jake Foster, and Adam Chaney to break the 15-16 NAG Relay Record in the 400m Freestyle Relay (3:28.28).

3 years ago

Anyone else noticing how all the Auburn commit photos are taken at the pool wearing team gear? I just hope they aren’t pressured into making spur of the moment decisions

Reply to  PVSFree
3 years ago

I wonder if it’s just a photo op as every basketball or football team does when propspects are on campus.

Reply to  PVSFree
3 years ago

The pictures are offered as a part of their recruiting trip, they can decline if they wish to do so

Aidan Stoffle
Reply to  PVSFree
2 years ago

I’m part of the Auburn ‘23 class and when taking these pictures, they were nothing more than visit shots. These did not add any pressure to my decision, just a fun photo opportunity.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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