Articles by Karl Ortegon

2018 Iowa HS 100 Back Champ Nick Chase Verbals to Notre Dame

Chase won the IHSAA 100 back title this February with a 49.48, over a full second ahead of 2nd place.

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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…

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NC State Snags Verbal from SwimMAC Breaststroker Markus Wennborg

Last year, competing for Hopewell High School, Wennborg was 3rd in the 100 breast and 8th in the 200 IM at the North Carolina 4A Championships. 

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1:01/2:14 Breaststroker Taylor Steele Verbals to South Carolina

South Carolina has kept an in-state prospect home, as Coastal Aquatic Club’s Taylor Steele has announced her verbal commitment to the Gamecocks.

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IL Breaststroker Rachel Ponte Verbals to New Mexico State

Ponte had a 29.34 breaststroke split on St. Charles North High School’s state runner-up medley relay last season.

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Caroline McTaggart Off UCLA Roster This Season After Several Surgeries

McTaggart was a highly-touted recruit in the class of 2015, making SwimSwam’s top 20 rankings and coming in with sub-23 and sub-49 sprint free times, along with a 52.8 in the 100 fly. 

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Backstroker Danielle Carter of Palo Alto is Latest Verbal to Cal

Carter would’ve been just outside of the 100 back A final at the 2018 Pac 12 Champs, and she would’ve been a solid B final scorer in the 200 back.

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FHSAA 2A Champ Lucas Kravchenko Stays In State, Verbals to Gators

Kravchenko, a sprint freestyler and backstroker, is the defending FHSAA 2A Champion in the 100 backstroke.

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TX Sprinter Caleb Duncan Sends Verbal to Louisville

Dads Club Swim Team’s Caleb Duncan has given a verbal commitment to the Louisville Cardinals. I am very excited to announce my…

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Northwestern Picks Up Verbal from Colorado 4A Champion Ryan King

Ryan King of the Montrose Marlins Swim Club in Colorado has verbally committed to the Northwestern Wildcats.

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Ontario’s Brooke Switzer Sends Verbal to Georgia Tech

Brooke Switzer of the Markham Aquatic Club in Unionville, Ontario, Canada, has verbally committed to Georgia Tech. I chose Georgia…

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Pine Crest’s Molly See Gives Verbal Commitment to Bucknell

Bucknell University of the Patriot League has received a verbal commitment from Pine Crest butterflier Molly See.

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2018 CIF Southern D2 Double Champ Emily Trieu Verbals to Princeton

Trieu is a huge get for Princeton, as her 100 back PR ranks 2nd on the Tigers’ all-time program list.

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UCLA Lands Top 20 Honorable Mention Gabby Dang for 2019

Dang would’ve nearly made the 2018 Pac-12 A final in the 100 fly with her personal best, while she would’ve scored in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back C finals.

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Preston Niayesh Stays In State with Verbal to Cal

Preston Niayesh of the Tule Nation Tritons has verbally committed to Cal’s class of 2023.

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