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Nash Baker, a 2022 graduate of Fossil Ridge High School in Colorado, has announced his commitment to Concordia University Irvine for the 2022-2023 season.
I’m beyond excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Concordia University Irvine! I am so grateful for my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who helped make this dream come true. GO EAGLES!
When he wasn’t swimming with his high school, Baker trained and competed with the Fort Collins Area Swim Team. He primarily specializes in sprint freestyle and backstroke.
Best Times SCY:
- 50 free- 22.90
- 100 free- 51.16
- 100 back- 54.46
- 200 back- 1:59.45
Baker competed at the 2022 Colorado State 5A (second largest) Boys Championships. There, he swam the individual 100 back as well as leading off Fossil Ridge’s 200 medley relay.
The relay team finished 14th in prelims and 15th in finals, posting a 1:37.59. Baker split a 25.72 in prelims then dropped .42 seconds in finals, going 25.30.
In the 100 back, Baker finished 40th with a 58.85. His best time of 54.46 is from July of 2021.
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a Division II program that is part of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC).
At the 2022 PCSC Championships, the Golden Eagle men came away championships, edging out second place UC Santa Cruz on the final relay. Concordia finished with 731 total points while UCSC had 729.5. This was CUI’s second conference win in the past four years.
In the 100 back, Baker’s best time would have placed him 16th at the 2022 Championships, rounding out the B-final. CUI had 3 swimmers final in that event, ultimately finishing 3rd, 12th, and 15th. In the 200 back he would have been 14th overall and 5th among the Golden Eagles.
Joining Baker in Irvine this year are fellow Colorado native Michael Ashton, along with California natives Khang Cao and Jerald Bermudez. Ashton looks as though he will be the most influential of the bunch for CUI. He is also a freestyle and backstroke specialist, going 48.22 in the 100 free, 53.22 in the 100 back, and 1:56.73 in the 200 back.
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