Breaststroker/IMer Michael Sandner Commits to West Virginia (2019)

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Michael Sandner, a senior at Springboro High School in Springboro, Ohio, has committed to West Virginia University. Sandner is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American who trains with the Dayton Raiders.

Sandner is primarily an IM’er, with a focus on the breaststroke events. He finished 8th in the 200 IM at the 2019 Ohio High School State Championship in Division I (big schools meet).

Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 21.68
  • 100 free – 49.12
  • 100 breaststroke – 57.07
  • 200 breaststroke – 2:03.26
  • 100 fly – 51.34
  • 200 fly – 1:51.38
  • 200 IM – 1:51.82
  • 400 IM – 3:57.67

Last season, West Virginia’s David Dixon (1:45.93) was the Big 12’s fastest IMer not from the University of Texas. In fact, amongst non-Longhorns, West Virginia had by-far the most powerful IM group in the conference: they had 5 of the 7 fastest non-Longhorns in the 200 IM and 3 of the 4 fastest non-Longhorns in the 400 IM.

West  Virginia also has a very deep breaststroke group: they had 3 of the 4 fastest 100 breaststrokers in the Big 12 last season, including Texas: senior Jake Armstrong swam 52.35; senior Tristen DiSibio swam 53.35; and freshman Fausto Huerto went 53.79 at Big 12s. Armstrong is also an Ohio native.

The Mountaineers have ridden that breaststroke success to a big recruiting class: also arriving this fall will be 55.8/2:04.9 breaststroker Conrad Molinaro from Pittsburgh, and 57.40/2:03.77 breaststroker Harvey Culbert from Columbus.

Other West Virginia signees in the class of 2019:

Conrad Molinaro
Harvey Culbert
Hunter Armstrong
Ryen van Wyk

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