Articles by Karl Ortegon

From 1:52 to 1:44 in 200 BK Since Pandemic Hit, Matthew Van Deusen Chooses UNC

Van Deusen is now faster in the 200 back (1:44.44) than he was pre-pandemic in the 200 free (1:44.88). His 200 free has since dropped to 1:39.21.

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2019 CIF State Relay Champion Lindsay Ervin Verbals to Northwestern (2022)

At the 2019 CIF State Championships, Ervin finished fourth in the 50 free (22.95) and helped Santa Margarita Catholic to two state relay titles.


Mallory Comerford Goes 25.4/55.4/2:00.5 in 50/100/200 Free (LCM) in Nashville

She looked a lot sharper this weekend than she did at the 2021 Pro Swim Series – San Antonio, where she was only 26.0/56.0/2:02.2.


McHugh Splits 22.6/Hits 50.6 100 BR, Acin Splits 18.7 & Wisconsin Rookies Shine

Max McHugh of Minnesota stole the show with the nation’s #1 time in the 100 breast and the T-3rd-fastest 50 breast split in history on the 200 medley relay.


Georgia Men Beat Tennessee by One Point in Relay Mayhem, UT Women Edge Bulldogs

Javier Acevedo had several clutch swims today, as Tennessee looked to have secured the meet win in the 400 free relay but wound up DQ’ing their A relay.


NU’s Kevin Houseman (51.7), Sophie Angus (58.9) Move to NCAA Top 4 in 100 BR

Angus went 58.92 in the 100 breast, slicing .04 off of her NU record from last season, which moves her to the #4 slot in the country this season. 


Alabama HS State Champ Julia Krichev Verbals to Richmond (2022)

Krichev won the Alabama HS state title in the 100 back in 2019, as a sophomore. She was also runner-up in the 50 free in 2019.

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UConn Adds New Hampshire HS Div. 2 Champion Alexis Martino (2022)

Martino is the reigning New Hampshire HS Div. 2 State champion in the 200 IM (2:03.32) and 100 fly (56.00); she also won the 200 IM in 2019, as a freshman.

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Brendan Burns Logs 1:44s in 200 Fly/200 Back Double as IU Overpowers Ohio State

The Hoosier men were hard to stop, powered by a triple from sophomore Brendan Burns. The IU women’s breaststrokers were a strong point as they also won.


Texas HS A-Finalist Giovanni Linscheer Verbals to Florida (2022)

At the 2020 Texas HS 6A Championships, Linscheer was an A-finalist in the 200 IM, placing eighth overall (1:53.09) after hitting a PR 1:51.23 in prelims. 


Texas A&M’s Top 100 Backstroker, Emma Carlton, Announces Transfer to Tennessee

Carlton’s best 100 back time would rank atop Tennessee’s roster this season. She’ll be one of the program’s top sprint freestylers/butterfliers, too.


Colorado HS 5A A-Finalist Sydney Bales Verbals to Mizzou (2022)

Bales was given the Swiss Army Knife Award by Legacy High School’s swim team in 2019 after she qualified for the CO high school state meet in every HS event.

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International Cricket Council Rules 2020 Athletic Federation Social Media Ranks

FINA did not make the top 10 in any major categories, though they did in LinkedIn followers and Facebook video views-per-post.

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Florida State Men Beat Auburn for First Time Ever, Tiger Women Take Down FSU

Izaak Bastian was one of three double winners for the Seminoles; he swept the breaststrokes, going 54.56 in the 100 and 2:00.13 in the 200 breast.


Northwestern Men Launch 2026 Recruiting Class with #15 Tona Zinn

Zinn is one of the best 400 IMers in the 13-14 age group historical rankings, and his commitment makes it two years straight of NU nabbing a ranked recruit.