Daniel Diehl, NAG Record Holder and #1 Recruit in Class of 2024, Commits to NC State

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High school junior Daniel Diehl, who we ranked as the #1 recruit in the high school class of 2024 and who has set a slew of National Age Group records, has verbally committed to the NC State Wolfpack.

After my 4th visit to NC state, I’m proud to announce my verbal commitment. Thanks to my family, coach and everyone at NC state.

Diehl, who swims for the Cumberland YMCA in Maryland, burst onto the national stage in late 2020, when he went 1:36.75 to set the 13-14 National Age Group record. That kicked off a run of National Age Group records that’s continued through this past December, when he took down Ryan Murphy’s 17-18 NAG record in the 100 back (LCM).

SCY Bests:

  • 50 free – 19.94
  • 100 free – 43.31
  • 200 free – 1:33.68
  • 100 back – 46.01
  • 200 back – 1:39.62
  • 200 IM – 1:43.01

LCM Bests:

  • 50 free – 22.99
  • 100 free – 49.71
  • 200 free – 1:50.12
  • 100 back – 53.07
  • 200 back – 1:56.41
  • 200 IM – 1:59.89

Diehl trains with a pretty small group on his club team, and as of last fall, only practices five or six times a week. A year and a half from now, he’ll make the jump to NC State, which has a great decade under head coach Braden Holloway.

Right now, it looks like Diehl’s ideal college lineup may be the 200 IM, 100 back, and 200 back, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him end up swimming the 50 and 100 free either. Either way, Diehl should have plenty of training partners, including current college sophomores Aiden Hayes (sprint free/fly), Arsenio Bustos (IM), David Curtiss (sprint free), freshmen Quintin McCarty (sprint free/back), Drew Salls (sprint free), and high school seniors Hudson Williams (free/back/IM) and Chase Mueller (back/free), among plenty of others.

Diehl’s choice of NC State for college doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Back in the fall, he listed NC State as one of several schools on his short list, and his social media posts have regularly featured him hanging out with current Wolfpack team members at major meets.

Diehl is set to join fellow 2024 commits #11 Nolan Dunkel, #12 Matthew Marsteiner, Simon Bermudez, and Brasen Walker in Raleigh in the fall of 2024.

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2 months ago

Anyone know anything about his coaching/training group? Really interesting as he doesn’t come from a known team, as well as a small town.

5 months ago


5 months ago

If he can develop his UW kicking, the skies the limit.

5 months ago

Congrats Dirty Dan!🐺. Ignore the 🤡s hijacking your announcement with that hate.

Reply to  Breezeway
8 days ago

This kid is an inspiration, from dump Cumberland of all places, greatness can be achieved.

5 months ago

Just to finish 4th again at NCs…

Old Swim Coach
Reply to  Andrew
5 months ago

Objectively, I disagree with all of the people saying “just to get 4th.” It’s only a matter of time before Braden wins a team championship. He’s not only a great coach, but he has a fantastic coaching staff. On the men’s side, he is the one to watch.

Reply to  Old Swim Coach
5 months ago

Agreed. With the young talent they have on roster and incoming recruits, I’d pick them as favorites in 2025. ASU who knows, and Cal is already close and has a knack for bringing in key transfers and internationals so that could change.

5 months ago

And N.C. State will still get 4th?

Frank the Tank
5 months ago

Nice! State needed someone like this to get back to 4th place at NCAAs

Gummy Shark
Reply to  Frank the Tank
5 months ago

Reminds me of those NFL and NBA memes 😂. “If you weren’t a fan of us when we got 5th at NCAAs, don’t be a fan of us when we get 4th 😤”

Tea rex
5 months ago

Great pickup for NC State. That’s gonna be a really loaded team in 2025.
Is Masiuk still planning on attending? That’ll be a heck of a 1-2

Reply to  Tea rex
5 months ago

He is no longer joining.

Former Cal Student
Reply to  swimer
5 months ago

Where are you getting this from?

Condors fan
Reply to  Former Cal Student
5 months ago

If I remember correctly he mentioned his intention not to attend NC State on his Instagram during Q&A back in January and rather to stay and study in Poland.

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