We reported back in September of 2015 that Ben Walker of the Premier Aquatic Club of Klein had committed to the University of Georgia, but he has since pulled out of that commitment. Walker, who attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, TX, will stay in-state and swim for Texas A&M this fall.
Primarily an IM’er, Walker is also strong in the 200’s of each stroke.
- 200 free – 1:39.00
- 200 back – 1:47.15
- 100 breast – 55.33
- 200 breast – 1:59.05
- 200 fly – 1:47.30
- 200 IM – 1:47.82
- 400 IM – 3:47.45
In addition, Walker boasts Olympic Trials cuts in both IM’s in long course– he’s been 2:03.60 in the 200 IM and 4:22.01 in the 400 IM. Both of those times were done at U.S. Nationals last summer.
With his current bests, Walker would’ve made the B final of the 400 IM and been right in C final range in the 200 breast and 200 IM at the 2016 SEC Championships. He’s also not too far off of what it would take to be top 24 in the 200 back or 200 fly, either.
The Aggies are led in the IMs by rising juniors Brock Bonetti and Austin Van Overdam. After swimming a year for Arizona, Van Overdam (a Texas native) transferred to the Aggies program where he scored in the B final of both IM races at the 2016 SEC Champs as a sophomore. Walker will jump right in with those two, where he’ll likely boost the IM group significantly in College Station. In fact, he’s only about three seconds off of the 400 IM school record – a 3:44.33.
Walker is currently enrolled in classes and on Texas A&M‘s roster for the 2016-2017 season, even though this is technically an intra-conference transfer.He won his first collegiate race against Incarnate Word last week with a 4:01.60 in the 400 IM.
We have attempted to contact Walker for comment on the reason for the change of heart, but he has declined to do so.