Articles by Karl Ortegon

Stanford Lands 2019 Junior National Champion #8 Samantha Tadder

Last summer, Tadder won the 2019 Speedo Junior National title in the 400 IM, going 4:46.96 in long course to snag an Olympic Trials cut.


VT Cracks Open 2022 Recruiting with Verbal from SIN/ESP Sprinter Carmen Weiler

Last summer, Weiler just missed the podium at the 2019 European Junior Championships representing Spain, touching fourth in the 100 free (55.60).


Penn Snags Verbal from #8 Matt Fallon of Somerset Valley YMCA

Fallon excels most in breast and IM; he’s the #1 400 IMer in the entire high school class of 2021 and the #2 200 breaststroker in the class.


In-State Backstroker Meredith Brown Verbals to Texas A&M Class of 2025

This past winter, at the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Champs – West, Brown posted a lifetime best 54.59 in the 100 back to finish 17th overall.


Pennsylvania 3A Runner-Up Shelby Kahn Stays Local with Penn State Verbal

At the 2020 Pennsylvania 3A State Champs, just before COVID-19 shutdown swimming as we knew it, Kahn was the 200 free runner-up with a lifetime best 1:50.36.

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Georgia Tech Picks Up NJ Breaststroker Clarissa Sabin for Fall 2021

At the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals last summer, Sabin reached finals in the 100 breast and 200 IM representing Berkeley Aquatic Club.


Wisconsin Nabs MN AA State Champion Evan Bock for Fall 2021

Bock is the defending Minnesota AA Champion in the 100 fly (48.86). He was also runner-up at that meet in the 50 free (20.91).


Louisville Lands Brazilian Youth Record-Holder Gustavo Saldo for Fall 2021

At the 2019 World Junior Champs, Saldo competed in the 400 free, 800 free and 200 fly. He placed 11th in the 200 fly with a near-best of 1:59.49.


Stanford Men Kick Off Class of 2025 Recruiting with Verbal from Gabe Machado

At the 2019 YMCA SC Nationals last April, Machado’s top swim came in the 1650 free, where he claimed third place with a lifetime best 15:32.54.


2:00 200 LCM Butterflier Tommy Bried Sends Verbal to Louisville

Ace Aquatic Club’s Tommy Bried has verbally committed to the Louisville Cardinals for fall 2021. He is a rising senior at Hillgrove High School in Georgia.


Auburn Picks Up In-State Distance Freestyler Mason Mathias for Fall 2021

At the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Champs – East, Mathias scored in the 200 free (23rd), 500 free (24th) and mile (12th).

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Ellesmere Breaststroker Maia Hall Sends Verbal to Nebraska for 2021

At the 2019 Scottish SC Nationals in December, Hall finished in fourth place at all three breaststroke distances. 

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UCLA Receives Verbal Commitment from New York HS State Runner-Up Joanie Cash

At the 2019 New York HS state champs, Cash clocked a 23.15 to finish second in the 50 free final. She was also 50.95 to finish third in the 100 free

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Two-Time Utah 5A Champion Elliott Howe Verbals to Kansas for Fall 2021

Howe has won the last two Utah 5A state titles in the 100 back. Representing Bountiful High School, she was also the 2020 runner-up in the 50 free.


National HS Record-Holder Torri Huske, #2 in the Class, Chooses Stanford

Last summer, Huske broke a 38-year-old NAG record in the 15-16 100 fly with a 57.80 in long course meters at the 2019 U.S. Summer Nationals.