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Concord, California’s Jacob Soderlund has announced his verbal commitment to the neighboring University of California, Berkeley for 2021-22. That puts him in a class of 2025 that will also include Jack Alexy and Trent Frandson.
“Super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California-Berkeley in 2021! A special thanks to my coach and everyone who has supported me along the way. Can’t wait to be a part of the Cal family–Go Bears!“
A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Soderlund is a junior at Monte Vista High School in Danville. He won the 100 breast as a sophomore at the 2019 CIF North Coast Section Championships, going 55.03. The next week he competed at the California State High School Meet and came in 2nd with a personal-best 54.24.
Soderlund does his club swimming with Triggerfish Aquatics. He has been on a steep improvement curve over the last year, after having returned to swimming from a 6-year hiatus. This summer he swam LCM for the first time and notched a Winter U.S. Open cut in the 100 breast (1:04.28) and a Winter Juniors cut in the 200 breast (2:25.75) at Speedo Junior Nationals. During his sophomore year of high school he dropped 7.4 seconds in the 200 IM, 6.3 seconds in the 200 breast, 4.8 seconds in the 100 breast, 2.7 seconds in the 100 fly, 1.1 seconds in the 50 free, and 1 second in the 100 free.
Top SCY times:
- 100 breast – 54.24
- 200 breast – 2:04.64
- 200 IM – 1:55.41
- 50 free – 21.78
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