CO Sprinter Brendan Eckerman to Join Wisconsin Badgers in 2019

Brendan Eckerman of Aquawolves Swimming in Colorado has verbally committed to the Wisconsin Badgers. Eckerman is a senior at state swimming power Cherry Creek High School.

Super hyped to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin! I immediately fell in love with the town of Madison, the campus, the opportunities, and the intimacy of the team, and I couldn’t be more excited for the next four years!


  • 50y free – 21.35
  • 100y free – 46.07
  • 100y back – 51.24
  • 100y breast – 56.50
  • 200y breast – 2:03.50
  • 100y fly – 51.04
  • 200y IM – 1:49.53

Eckerman is solid across all four strokes, with strengths in sprint free, in breast, and especially in the 200 IM. He competed at the 2018 Winter Junior Champs – West, and scored in the 200 IM. He went his lifetime best 1:49.53 in prelims, and he finished 22nd overall in finals. At the 2018 Colorado 5A HS Champs last May, representing Cherry Creek High School, he was the runner-up in the 100 free and placed 4th in the 200 IM.

With his best times, Eckerman would’ve been 5th on Wisconsin’s top times list last year in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM. He joins Wes Jekel and Tadzio Kurka in Wisconsin’s incoming class.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

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4 years ago

In the late 80’s, I coached age-groupers who would go on to equal or beat his BR/IM times as high-schoolers. I trust that Barry Alverez’s choice for the current swim coach has much further insight than me.

4 years ago

The 17-18 nag record in 1981 was 1:49, so not only was that a rude statement it was also an obvious lie

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4 years ago

Facts! Love, love, love your comment KLORN8D. Yuri comes off as super insightful and as one who really pays attention to details, I would place my money on him versus Coach Biff from the 80s when it comes to identifying talent.

4 years ago

Are you really trying to claim that a 1:49 in the 200 IM for a swimmer who hasn’t yet swum his last high school taper meet is somehow ‘not good enough’ to swim at Wisconsin?? You must be misremembering the quality of your age-groupers, because nobody who was coaching age groupers to 1:49s in the 200 IM in the 80s would be so out of touch to think this. 1:49 gets a look from every coach in the country. Seriously, I’ll eat my hat if there’s a college coach in the US that doesn’t pick up the phone for a 1:49 IMer. That time would make him Wisconsin’s 3rd-best IMer this season, and only 9-tenths away from being #1. And… Read more »

4 years ago

Can’t imagine why you’re not a swim coach any more. Post less.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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