Christian Sztolcman, a 6’7″ freestyler from Maspeth, Queens, has announced his intention to swim for new head coach Gary Taylor at Auburn University in the fall. He will join Antani Ivanov, Brogan Davis, Brooks Merkle, Conner Pruitt, Jarryd Baxter, Joshua Dannhauser, Matthew Yish, and Ryan Williams in the Tigers’ class of 2022.
“Excited to announce I’ll be continuing my swimming and academic career at Auburn University! WDE!”
A senior at Chaminade High School, Sztolcman won the 200 free by nearly 2 body lengths with 1:37.21 at the 2018 NYSPHSAA Federation Championships. He won the 100 free with the only sub-45 in the field (44.62) and anchored Chaminade’s 200 free relay (20.93) and 400 free relay (45.28), both of which were in the A finals. Three weeks earlier he led Chaminade to a second straight CHSAA title by coming from behind to win the 400 free relay in a clutch performance. When Sztolcman hit the water, Chaminade was in third place behind Fordham Prep and St. Anthony’s. His 44.15 anchor gave Chaminade the victory by 0.11, thus securing the team title as well.
Sztolcman trains with Chaminade during short course season and with Long Island Aquatic Club for long course. He only began swimming year-round in his freshman year of high school.
Top SCY times:
- 100 free – 44.62
- 100 free (relay) – 44.15
- 200 free – 1:37.21
- 500 free – 4:29.90
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Here’s that Crazy CHSSA relay
Here’s that Crazy CHSAA relay!
Coach Taylor is busting butt demonstrating he is a tireless worker, great recruiter, insightful organizer and all around good guy. Therefore I will support him in any way possible. After getting some inside info from a friend in Auburn, I understand Coach T will amass a few mid-year men and women sufficient to move AU into the top 10 at NCAAs on both teams in 2019. WAR EAGLE!!!
This would be huge. Auburn had success in the past with mid-year swimmers from Brazil. I wonder if Coach Taylor is going to take a similar approach.
Credit where credit is due. Yes, Gary getting aggressive and wrapping up 2018 and building into 2019 but let’s look at the release from November and realize that the amassing of the mid-year athletes was already in the works
Also, who from the top 10 are they knocking off with the loss of all of their individual (swimming) point scorers from NCAA’s.
UGA unless the Dynamic Duo can coach up their men. Heck AU was 12th last year we are not asking them to fight for National Championships – yet! WAR EAGLE and WAR TIGER and WAR TOILET PAPER
Congrats StolzPapi! You will make Chaminade and Liac proud in all of your future success. Sometimes it just pays to wait it out, patience is a future.
Fortes in Unitate!
Great pick up! Why so late though? School starts in 2 months.
Some people have a hard time deciding
Attaboy Gary! Keep ‘em coming!
Wow amazing pick up for the hard charging Auburnt puddytats.
Is Antani Ivanov still headed to Auburn? That’ll be big for Taylor if he can keep him committed.
You mean the beast from Bulgaria still going to the plains? – Yep he sure is! And stay tuned for some more commits.