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Asher Havenhill from Urbandale, Iowa verbally committed in November to swim and study at Arizona State University beginning in the fall of 2023.
“I decided to commit to Arizona State University because it is where I felt at home. The second I walked onto the campus I felt like it is where I belonged. The team is awesome and I love the coaches. I am very proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and swimming career at Arizona state university! I want to thank my family, my coaches, and all my friends for helping me get to this point and for believing in me. I want to thank all of my teammates for the constant push at practice to help me be the best athlete I can be. Also, I want to thank the coaching staff at ASU for the amazing opportunity. I am extremely excited for the journey to come. Forks up!! 🔱 🆙.”
Havenhill is a junior at Waukee Senior High School. He swims year-round with the club team YMCA of Greater Des Moines / DSMY Marlins and specializes mainly in backstroke. At the 2021 IHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, the sophomore was runner-up in the 100 back (50.13) and placed 6th in the 100 free (46.61). He also clocked a 23.85 leading off the Waukee medley relay and split 20.9 on the 200 free relay, contributing to Waukee’s team title. A couple of weeks later, he won the 100 back (50.37) and was runner-up in the 200 back (1:51.37) at the Iowa Swimming Short Course State Championships. He also finished 13th in the 50 free, 6th in the 50 back, 10th in the 50 breast, 17th in the 100 breast, 25th in the 100 fly, and 11th in the 200 IM and scored lifetime-best times in the 50/100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM.
In December, Havenhill competed at Winter Juniors West and earned PBs in all his best events: 50/100/200 back and 50 free. He finaled in the 200 back, coming in 22nd.
Best SCY times:
- 50 back – 22.80
- 100 back – 49.16
- 200 back – 1:47.85
- 50 free – 21.26
Havenhill will suit up for the Sun Devils in the class of 2027 with fellow commits Ilya Kharun, Leo Kurucz, and Will Woodall. He will join a stellar backstroke group led by Jack Dolan, Leon Marchand, Bobby Pearce, Alexander Gusev, Sam Parker, and Jackson Stallworth.
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