Class of 2020 Standout Dare Rose Makes Early Commitment To Cal

National Age Group record-holder and long course standout Dare Rose has made an early commitment to the University of California. He should join the Golden Bears in the fall of 2020. Rose, who competes for Scarlet Aquatics in New Jersey, announced his commitment on Instagram this week:

A current high school junior, Rose was just outside our top 20 when we ranked the high school class of 2020 recruits back in May. At the time, though, he had a solid argument for a top 20 ranking, and based only on long course prowess, he’s top 10 at least.

Rose also improved all of his short course freestyle times from the 50 to the 200 over the winter, which significantly ups his relay value in the NCAA. Here’s a look at his top times:

Rose’s Top Times

  • 200y fly: 1:46.55
  • 100y fly: 48.59
  • 200y free: 1:36.84
  • 100y free: 45.26
  • 50y free: 20.91
  • 500y free: 4:24.55
  • 200y IM: 1:48.88

His long course bests remain the most eye-popping, though:

  • 200m fly: 1:58.97
  • 100m fly: 54.14
  • 400m free: 3:51.41
  • 200m free: 1:49.65
  • 100m free: 50.61
  • 50m free: 24.02
  • 200m IM: 2:05.57
  • 400m IM: 4:30.44

Rose holds USA Swimming’s National Age Group record in the 200-meter freestyle for the 13-14 age group, having set that mark in 2017. He just turned 16 this fall, and with his times at age 15 (put up last summer), he sits only about a second off of 15-16 NAG records in the 100, 200 and 400 frees. In fact, he’s 3rd in age group history in the 400-meter free and 8th in age group history in the 200-meter free with this summer still to come in that age group.

Cal has already hit the class of 2020 market hard. Rose joins Dylan HawkForrest Frazier and Matthew Jensen as verbal commits to Cal from that graduating class.

He joins a Cal program that has just helped another versatile talent emerge into one of the nation’s best 200 freestylers – Andrew Seliskar. In the mid-distance freestyles, Rose would overlap at least a year with highly-touted prospect Sean Grieshop and Bryce Mefford, who are currently sophomores. Cal has had special success with flyers recently, putting 3 swimmers into the A finals of the 100 and 200 butterflys at last year’s NCAA Championships. Rose should help cover for the eventual graduation of Zheng Quah (the year before Rose arrives) and would likely overlap a year with last year’s freshman sensation Trenton Julian.

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

I watch him develop for 2 or 3 years and I’m pretty sure he has a very bright future ahead of him on fly and especially freestyle.

4 years ago

How does a 16 year old look that old my god his facial hair is better than mine

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
4 years ago


4 years ago

Great pick up for Cal! Huge difference between long course and short course times. It’s more common to see people with faster (relative) SCY than LCM. What other US swimmers are so much better at LCM?

Reply to  UCswim
4 years ago

I think it’s purely a matter of meet selection and team emphasis. It’s not that he’s not great at SCY, it just might not be an emphasis. However, to answer your question, Michael Phelps yards times never came anywhere near his LCM times especially since he did not use NCAA elegibility. Elizabeth Beisel’s SCY times from high school (or college)were also not near what she was able to do in LCM.

Jalen Stimes
Reply to  Fan
3 years ago

I guess Carson Foster has more impressive LCM than SCY times.

Reply to  UCswim
4 years ago

I can’t think of any US ones off the top of my head (though there definitely are some), but Jason Dunford and Santo Condorelli were both equally or more best long course races than they were in the NCAA, with both posting top five Olympic finishes but never coming that close to an NCAA title.

Reply to  UCswim
4 years ago

AJ Bornstein

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4 years ago


Lost in the Sauce
4 years ago

Will be really interesting to see how well he is able to translate his LCM times to SCY. It’s not uncommon to see swimmers be significantly better at one than the other at such a young age, and I’m personally of the belief that it is easier to adapt long course speed to short course than vice versa. Especially at a program like Cal, and surrounded by underwater specialists at the program, I can see a bright future ahead for him

4 years ago

This is Bear Territory! Welcome to Cal, Dare!

Swim Papa
4 years ago

Congratulations Dare! You’ll do great at Cal. Not sure I’d call this an “early” commit though with over 60 kids from the 2020 class already committing. Spring during your Junior year is pretty typical nowadays for a top recruit!

Mr G
Reply to  Swim Papa
4 years ago

Its not spring yet, but I agree: this is no longer that early!

Swim Papa
Reply to  Mr G
4 years ago

Sorry, I was referring to spring semester.

4 years ago

Go Bears!

Reply to  joe
4 years ago

Da Bears.

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