The Utah Utes have received a verbal commitment from Loveland Swim Club’s (CO) Brody Lewis. Lewis is a breaststroker who also excels in longer distance freestyle. He recently won the 100 breaststroke at the Colorado HS 5A Championships; he also placed 6th in the 200 IM as he represented his high school, Greeley West.
Lewis’ Best Times (LCM in parentheses)
- 100 breast – 56.40 (1:04.71)
- 200 breast – 2:02.47 (2:20.49)
- 500 free – 4:35.10
- 1650 free – 15:41.65
The emboldened times above indicate Winter National cuts– Lewis’ 56.40 qualifies for Winter Jr Nationals, though. What’s notable about Lewis is his big time drops from last year to this year. Take a look at the chart below:
|Feb. 2014||Feb. 2015||Time Drop|
This is some serious speedin’ up, and Utah will be looking to add depth to a breaststroke core that doesn’t really go more than 2 guys deep. In the 100 breast finals at last year’s Pac-12 Championships, they got two 54s from freshman Jack Burton and sophomore Keanu Interone, then nothing under 57 seconds after that. Burton also led Utah in the 200 breast with a 1:57.81, but the only other Ute under 2 minutes was current senior Brandon Young, who will have graduated by the time Lewis gets to campus.
There’s always the question of whether or not a high schooler who has been improving will go on to continue doing so at the same rate (or even keep improving in the first place), but if Lewis can cut some more time off of his breaststroke bests, he will be in contention to score some individual points for the Utes in his first year on campus.
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