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Kayden Lancaster and Aidan Paro, who are both in the class of 2023 at Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and swim club with the Bolles School Sharks, have announced their respective verbal commitments to the University of Louisville.
“I am really excited and humbled to announce that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at the University of Louisville. I’d like to thank God for giving me all my abilities and blessing me. I am very grateful for my family, all of my coaches, and teammates for supporting me throughout this journey. Go Cards!!!”
Lancaster moved to Bolles School from Carmel High School just this fall. Named to the “Best of the Rest” section of our Way Too Early list of top boys recruits from the high school class of 2023, he specializes in freestyle and at the 2021 Indiana Boys High School State Championships last February, he placed sixth in the 200 free (1:38.25) and fifth in the 500 free (4:32.43). This fall, he notched PBs in both events, swimming for Bolles at the Florida Class 1A State Championships. There, he finished 4th in the 200 free (1:37.58) and was runner-up in the 500 free (4:27.28). At Speedo Winter Juniors-East, Lancaster competed in the 100/200 free, 200 fly, and 200 IM and improved his lifetime bests in all but the 200 free.
Best SCY times:
- 50 free – 21.59
- 100 free – 45.52
- 200 free – 1:37.58
- 500 free – 4:27.28
- 1650 free – 15:43.97
- 100 back – 51.03
- 200 back – 1:52.23
- 100 fly – 50.12
- 200 fly – 1:49.59
“I’m super excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Louisville! When visiting I had such an amazing time and knew that I wanted to be part of their incredible program. I’m extremely grateful to my friends, family, current coaches, and my future coaches at Louisville for helping me get to this point. Go Cards!!🔴⚫”
Paro is an IM specialist. He came in 4th in the 200 IM at the 2021 FHSAA Class 1A State Championships in November, going 1:49.81 to pick up a lifetime best in the event. A month later at Winter Juniors-East, he improved his PB by another .14 and also picked up best times in the 200 fly and 400 IM. All told, this fall he has earned new best times in the 100 back, 200 breast, 100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM.
Best SCY times:
- 200 IM – 1:49.67
- 400 IM – 3:57.32
- 200 fly – 1:49.20
- 100 fly – 49.98
Lancaster and Paro will join Grant Gooding in Louisville’s class of 2027.
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