Breaststroker Billy Monjay from the SOCAL Aquatics Association has verbally committed to the USC Trojans, choosing to stay close to home for his collegiate career.
Monjay has yards bests of 56.17 and 2:04.44 in the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes, with a 1:51.68 in the 200 IM tossed in for good measure.
Monjay is also a very good long course swimmer, where he’s a Summer Nationals qualifier in the 200 meter breaststroke. He placed 16th at the 2014 USA Swimming Junior National Championships last week in the 200 long course breaststroke with a prelims swim of 2:19.21.
For USC coach Dave Salo, this is another piece in a thick men’s breaststroke group in the last few seasons. He’ll be in good shape in 2015 with his top two from last season, Andrew Malone and Sergio Lujan-Rivera, both entering their senior year next year. After that, he’ll have 53.6 Morten Klarskov and a lot of young talent waiting for a breakthrough, including Steven Stumph, who had a little slump as a freshman, but has no shortage of talent or potential.
Now he’s added Monjay and Carsten Vissering, one of the top two breaststroke recruits in the class of 2015, early in the senior recruiting season. Suddenly, a breaststroke group that had some big question-marks two years ago looks like one
Monjay swims for the SOCAL Aquatics Association in Orange County under coach Steve Pickell.