Judd Howard, a senior at University High in Irvine, has given a verbal commitment to swim for Duke with the 2015-16 season.
Howard specializes in breaststroke, IM and mid-distance freestyle. As a junior, he was an integral member of University’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship team, finishing second in the 100 breast (55.97) and 14th in the 500 free (4:34.46).
In long course, Howard is a US Open qualifier in the 100m and 200m breast and a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 200m and 400m IM as well as the 400m free. He was a C-finalist in the 200 breast at Juniors in Irvine this summer, but off his time a bit in the 100. Howard competed in the Maccabiah Games in July 2013, swimming the 100m, 200, and 400m free, 100m and 200m breast, and 200m and 400m IM.
Howard has had relatively more success in long course season than in short course, but he’s dropped 3 seconds in the 100y breast and 4 in the 200 over the last two seasons so he’s still improving. His best times include:
100y breast: 55.97 100m breast: 1:04.41
200y breast: 2:01.14 200m breast: 2:20.01
200y IM: 1:55.01 200m IM: 2:10.37
400y IM: 4:04.32 400m IM: 4:37.30
500y free: 4:33.65 400m free: 4:04.91
Howard will have some familiar faces waiting to train with when he gets to Duke, as fellow Californian breaststrokers Peter Kropp and Dylan Payne will be juniors when he is a freshman.