Euro Junior Champ and Swiss Record-Holder Noè Ponti Verbals to NC State

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NC State has mined another top European prospect, nabbing a verbal commitment from Switzerland’s Noè Ponti for fall 2021.

Very excited to finally announce my verbal commitment to North Carolina State University! Can’t wait to pursue my academic and swimming path as a member of the Wolfpack family starting Fall ‘21! A huge thank to everyone who helped me all these past years getting where I am now. GO PACK! #pbg

TOP TIMES (LCM / SCY conv.)

  • 100 free – 51.47 / 45.01
  • 200 free – 1:50.43 / 1:35.84
  • 400 free – 3:55.70 / 4:22.02
  • 100 back – 56.99 / 48.57
  • 200 back – 2:01.54 / 1:44.06
  • 100 fly – 52.60 / 45.94
  • 200 fly – 1:58.96 / 1:43.97
  • 200 IM – 2:01.17 / 1:44.67
  • 400 IM – 4:29.40 / 3:53.04

Ponti is a versatile talent who is strongest in butterfly; he’s the Swiss record-holder in the 50 LCM fly (23.48) and 100 SCM fly (50.82), as well as the 200 SCM medley relay on the fly leg.

At the 2019 European Junior Championships, representing Switzerland, Ponti won the 50 fly gold medal with his lifetime best 23.48. He was also fifth in the 100 fly (53.08) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:01.17) at that meet, and he split a 1:50.06 on Switzerland’s 800 free relay that finished seventh. Earlier in 2019, at the Swiss LCM Nationals in March, Ponti won national titles in the 100 fly and 200 fly.

In 2018, Ponti made finals at the Euro Juniors in all three butterfly events, touching sixth in the 100 fly (53.37).

Ponti is a very high-impact addition to the Wolfpack roster next year. His converted times in the butterfly events and the 200 IM would’ve placed him in ACC A-finals last season, and he would’ve also punched a ticket to NCAAs with his 100 fly converted time.

It’s a good time for NC State to add another great sprint butterflier; Coleman Stewart, the 2019 100 fly NCAA runner-up, just graduated, while sprint butterflier Nyls Korstanje is taking the 2020-21 season off to focus on the 2021 Olympics.

The NC State class of 2021 is deadly as it stands, but Ponti’s addition could make them the #1 class nationwide (if they weren’t already) when the dust settles and we rank the incoming NCAA class next spring. The Wolfpack have already secured the top butterflier in the class, #1 Aiden Hayes, along with #7 Sam Hoover, #11 David Curtiss, #12 Arsenio Bustos, #18 Garrett Boone and Nathan Kempiak.

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GA Boy
4 days ago

Best swimming recruiting class ever?

NC Fan
Reply to  GA Boy
3 days ago

And if this year’s international NC State recruit, world’s finalist Alexander Norgaard, defers to next year like many seem to be (I don’t even know if he could get in the US now with NC State all virtual or would want to) then the craziness of that class just keeps increasing. Long uncertain time until next fall but should be exciting.

Togger
Reply to  GA Boy
3 days ago

Imagine it’s up there on the men’s side.

Other candidates probably some recent Texas classes (Conger, Schooling, Haas, Licon, C Smith etc.) but they were probably more consistently very very good than single class incredible.

Going back, some of the Marsh era Auburn classes and 90s Stanford must have hauled in some incredible classes, though difficult to tell exactly who was in what year.

The ‘92 Stanford team and ‘03 and ‘04 Auburn teams are the only ones to break 600 points whilst ‘98 Stanford got 599.

If NC State want to be in the “greatest ever college swim teams” conversation (not just great recruiting classes), I think that’s their benchmark.

NYswim
Reply to  Togger
2 days ago

Also Florida’s 2018 class with Kieran, finke, and like 3 others I can’t remember

Swimmer
Reply to  GA Boy
3 days ago

Yes

Desorbo lover
3 days ago

@desorboeffect wya now hahahahaha

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Desorbo lover
3 days ago

He’s given up on guys and just going for the women’s glory.

MarkB
3 days ago

I think your writers are using different conversion charts. Look at the same events for the ASU swimmer. Faster 200 Fly and IM in LC, slower SC conversion. I look for the floodgates to open concerning NC State bias!!

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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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