Bolles School’s Paul DeGrado Verbally Commits to Texas

Earlier this spring the Florida Swim Network congratulated Paul DeGrado for his verbal commitment to the University of Texas class of 2023. DeGrado is a junior at The Bolles School in Jacksonville; he also swims for the club team Bolles School Sharks. At the 2017 FHSAA Class 1A Championship in the fall, DeGrado helped Bolles win its 30th consecutive team title with his third-place finish in the 200 IM (1:51.42) and his second in the 100 breast (54.90). He split a 25.02 breast on Bolles’ winning medley relay and anchored the runner-up 400 free relay with 46.71.

While still 15 last summer, DeGrado dropped 2.5 seconds in the 200 meter breast to make the bonus final at U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials. He then took another 2.2 seconds off his time in the final, finishing 19th overall, the only 15-year-old to final in the event. He also went a PB of 1:05.00 in the 100m breast at that meet. Not two months later at Summer Junior Nationals, DeGrado popped a 1:03.46 and finished 10th.

A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, DeGrado will join fellow verbal commits Caspar Corbeau, Cole Crane, Ethan Harder, Jake Foster, and Peter Larson on the Longhorns’ roster in the fall of 2019.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 breast – 1:58.67
  • 100 breast – 54.90
  • 50 breast – 28.99
  • 200 IM – 1:51.42
  • 400 IM – 4:07.74

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4 years ago

Eddie is attacking the breaststroke problem with Numbers, that’s three in this class alone that should end up being contributors individually and on relays

4 years ago

Congratulations! Look forward to seeing you compete for the very important breaststroke leg of the Medley Relay!

(G)olden Bear
4 years ago

Hook em!

Swim parent
4 years ago

Congratulations! Hook ‘em!

Bon Jovi
4 years ago

50 breast 28.99 but his 100 breast is 54.9??

Reply to  Bon Jovi
4 years ago

25.02 relay split.

Reply to  Bon Jovi
4 years ago

That’s probably from when he was 12 and did 50s all the time. Nowadays, I bet he was around 28.9 on the back half of his 100.

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