Collegeswimming.com reported earlier today that Canadian National Age Group record holder Evan White has verbally committed to the University of Michigan, adding another piece to a Wolverines squad looking to maintain its position at the top if the NCAA ranks. White swims for the Oakville Aquatic Club, which is across the border in Ontario, roughly halfway between Toronto and Hamilton.
White is one of the more well-rounded swimmers in the class of 2014, boasting elite long course times in butterfly, breaststroke, and IM events. Earlier this year, he recorded a 54.05 in the 100 fly, as well as a 2:00.31 in his 200 IM at FINA World Juniors (where he finished 5th), shattering the previous 15-17 Canadian NAG record in both of those events. His 200 breast best time (2:17.5 long course) indicates he’s no slouch there, as well.
There shouldn’t be any worries about White in a short course pool, either. While he hasn’t focused heavily on short course swimming in recent years, his 1:58.26 SCM 200 IM shows that he’s capable of making things happen in the short tank.
As an elite butterflier and IMer, White’s commitment announcement comes at the perfect time. Kyle Whitaker and John Wojciechowski (Michigan’s top IMer and butterflier) are in their last year of eligibility this coming season, so White will be an instant contributor when he arrives in Ann Arbor next fall.
White is the second top prospect to unofficially enter the Wolverine Class of 2018; sprint specialist Paul Powers committed to U of M earlier this summer.