Born June 13, 1992 in Royal Oak, Mich., Will Hamilton is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s been described by his club coach from Detroit Golf Club as an easygoing kid with a great work ethic. Standing 6’5″ it’s that same work ethic that got Hamilton to where he is now: an NCAA Champion, NCAA All-American, Junior National Meet record holder, and Honorable Mention titles. He’s a History major, and claims that his favorite memory of Cal is from NCAA’s his junior year. In 2013 Cal pulled off a tough meet to win the National title. Hamilton is pretty versatile – he’s swam events including butterfly, mid-distance freestyle, relay events, and even the 200 IM at the Pac 12 meet.
During his freshman season Hamilton proved his weight in gold. He was the NCAA Champion in the 200 butterfly as just a freshman after finishing second behind Cal stud, Tom Shields, at the Pac 12 Championships. He also was on the 400 freestyle relay.
His sophomore season he finished third in the 200 butterfly at the Pac 12 Championships as well as fifth in the 500, and seventh in the 200 freestyle. At the NCAA Championships he touched 22nd in the 500 freestyle, 10th in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 200 butterfly. He also split a 1:33 on the fourth-place 800 freestyle relay.
At the Pac 12 Championships Hamilton touched third in the 200 IM, 10th in the 200 freestyle and second in the 200 butterfly. At the NCAA Championships Hamilton finished 13th in the 200 IM and 18th in the 200 butterfly. He also swam the fourth leg in the 800 freestyle relay that placed sixth.
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Hamilton swam four events including: the 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle, the 200m butterfly and the 100m butterfly. He finished 10th in the 200m butterfly, making it all the way to the semi-final.
In 2010 Hamilton swam at the Short Course Junior Nationals where he set the meet record in 100 butterfly, and doubled the same day in the 200 freestyle where he broke another meet record.