Best of the Rest Sprinter Ryan Henderson (2025) Sends Verbal Commitment to Louisville

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High school junior Ryan Henderson from Kinston, North Carolina, has verbally committed to swim and study at the University of Louisville beginning in the 2025-26 school year. He told SwimSwam:

“I chose Louisville because of the people. The coaches were outstanding and the people were amazing. Louisville fits me as a student and as a swimmer. As someone who has been swimming competitively for about a year now, Louisville gave me a chance to develop to an elite level. GO CARDS 🔴⚫️🔴⚫️”

Henderson is homeschooled and swims for East Carolina Aquatics. We named him one of the “Best of the Rest” sprinters on our Way Too Early list of top recruits from the high school class of 2025. At that time, he was a 20.31/45.07 sprint freestyler. Since last August, he has dropped .33 in the 50 free, .57 in the 100 free, and 2.51 seconds in the 200 free. He swam his PBs in the 100/200 free at the West Virginia LSC Short Course Championships in March, and he dipped under the 20-second barrier in the 50 free a week later at ECSL Championships.

Earlier, this month, Henderson kicked off 2024 long course season with huge drops in the 50/100 free at TAC Titans Spring Fling. He dropped .9 in the 50 to go 22.93 for his first Summer Nationals cut, and 2.2 in the 100 for a PB of 50.96 (Winter U.S. Open).

He’ll join “Best of the Rest” backstroker Nate Thomas and middle-distance specialist Owen Stevens on the Cardinals’ roster in the fall of 2025.

Best SCY times:

  • 50 free – 19.98
  • 100 free – 44.50
  • 200 free – 1:40.25
  • 100 fly – 51.04

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This Guy
27 days ago

He’s only been swimming for a year and can throw down a 19.9?
Coaches have to be excited about that potential

Reply to  This Guy
26 days ago

And his IG says he’s 6’10”!

Reply to  TxSwimMom
26 days ago

Yep, he’s tall.

This Guy
Reply to  TxSwimMom
26 days ago

Coaches are drooling

Reply to  This Guy
26 days ago

Ryan’s a great kid who basically appeared out of nowhere and is crushing it.

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