The Arizona Wildcats have picked up some distance talent after FAST Swim Team’s Jared Kaskawal has verbally committed to join them in Tucson for the upcoming season. After spending his freshman year at a community college in California, Kaskawal will head to Arizona as a sophomore, starting this fall.
Kaskawal recently competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he swam a 15:32.65 in the 1500 meter free. That swim was just tenths off his personal best, a 15:32.05 from 2015 Winter Nationals. He also swam a 4:00.96 in the 400 free at the meet, a few seconds shy of his best time of 3:57.66 from teh Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara.
Kaskawal’s Best Times
In terms of conference scoring, Kaskawal’s best time in the 1650, a 15:07.71, would’ve landed him 12th at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships, which gives him the potential to have an immediate impact for the Wildcats.
Kaskawal will join a distance crew at Arizona that includes Ty Fowler, Nick Hogsed, and Chris Wieser. Both Fowler and Wieser qualified for NCAAs last season, and Hogsed just missed the invite cutoff in the 1650. Wieser went on to become and NCAA All-American with his 7th place finish in the 1650 at NCAAs, and finished 4th in the 1500 meter free finals at U.S. Olympic Trials.