European Champ Hubert Kos Joins Stacked Group of IM Specialists at Arizona State

The lanes in Tempe, Arizona have gotten a little more crowded, with another international champion diving into Bob Bowman’s growing group of elites.

Hungarian Olympian and recent European champion Hubert Kos announced that he’s joining Arizona State’s stacked squad of IM specialists beginning in January.

The 19-year-old plans to enroll as a freshman for the spring 2023 semester after he secures his I-20 form, a U.S. visa issued by educational institutions. As a Sun Devil, Kos should be surrounded by talented IMers from the top down. 

Bowman famously coached Michael Phelps, and now he’s helping to make similar magic happen with French sophomore Leon Marchand, who swept the 200 and 400 IM at the World Championships in June. ASU’s pro group also features reigning Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Chase Kalisz and silver medalist Jay Litherland

The commitment comes after Kos took home his first major international gold medal at the European Championships earlier this month, edging Italy’s Alberto Razzetti by one-tenth of a second in the 200 IM final. His winning time of 1:57.72 was about a half-second shy of his season-best 1:57.23 from Worlds and just under a second slower than his lifetime-best 1:56.99 from last year’s Euros semifinals. The latter mark still stands as the world junior record today. 

Best Times (LCM)

  • 200 IM – 1:56.99
  • 400 IM – 4:13.50
  • 200 back – 1:57.64
  • 100 fly – 51.33
  • 200 fly – 1:57.21

Converted SCY Times

  • 200 IM – 1:39.74
  • 400 IM – 3:37.14
  • 200 back – 1:38.42
  • 100 fly – 44.55
  • 200 fly – 1:41.58

Kos’ best converted times (from long-course meters to short-course yards) would have already placed him in the NCAA Championship final of the 200 IM (just half a second behind third-place finisher Luca Urlando), 400 IM, 200 back, and 100 fly. His best converted 200 fly time would have put him in the consolation final at NCAAs.

The addition of Kos represents the latest high-profile pickup for the Sun Devils, which brought Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel on board just last week. The pro group already featured Olympic medalists Regan Smith, Hali Flickinger, and Olivia Smoliga.

Kos will join fellow true freshmen Andy Dobrzanski, Matt Duren, Ryan King, Jonny Kulow, Caleb Liban, Cale Martter, Jake Mason, Owen McDonald, Evan Nail, Parker Reynolds, and Lane Stallworth in ASU’s anticipated class of 2026.

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tea rex
3 months ago

Odd how Liendo’s commitment announcement had his 50.88 converting to 44.57.
And Kos’ 51.33 converts to 44.55.

:hmm-1569:

https://swimswam.com/canadian-olympian-josh-liendo-announces-commitment-to-university-of-florida/

Admin
Reply to  tea rex
3 months ago

We have two different converters that we use in these articles.

Tomek
3 months ago

At this pace ASU will run out of pool space soon

SSN
3 months ago

Go go go go go

WHO’S NEXT?!

Alex Wilson
Reply to  SSN
3 months ago

Coach Bowman will keep everyone guessing until the commitment is “signed sealed and labeled”!

NB1
3 months ago

I think he’s half Irish, if that changes the visa stuff

NathenDrake
Reply to  NB1
3 months ago

He is from his father’s side.

HJones
3 months ago

It’s probably another year or two and a few more blue-chip recruits before we start entertaining the idea of ASU contending for a national championship. But, the foundation is definitely in place.

Many people probably saw the report that Sates is trying to come back to the NCAA. While I’m skeptical of it happening since I doubt he could get through the clearinghouse, ASU and Bowman would be an excellent fit for him.

Swimmer
Reply to  HJones
3 months ago

Do you have a link to this report please?

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

I too want to know

HJones
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

Sorry, I probably should’ve said “rumor”, not report. Kyle Sockwell tweeted about it, and pretty much every “insider” scoop he’s put out recently has proven to be true so take from it what you will. From what I know he’s reached out to multiple teams, but there still remains the issue of the nature of the endorsement deals he signed after leaving college this spring, as well as his academic performance (or lack thereof) during his time at Georgia.

I think it’s a long shot that he’ll be able to recover his eligibility, but in the age of NIL, anything seems possible.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  HJones
3 months ago

I saw a previous comment that he’s going to Cal.

Haha
Reply to  HJones
3 months ago

Kharun gonna be at ASU in a year

2Fat4Speed
3 months ago

Texas and Cal be like 😳

Shimmyy
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 months ago

Nah, takes a lot more than just fast high school times to win national championships.

NB1
Reply to  Shimmyy
3 months ago

you mean being the fastest in that tiny spec of a swim scene called Europe?

Swimgeek
Reply to  Shimmyy
3 months ago

1:56 LC IM ain’t no “fast high school time”

AJK
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 months ago

Cal more than doubled ASU’s point total at NCAAs and Texas nearly did lol

DKDevil
Reply to  AJK
3 months ago

Yes, although Bowman is still building. In a few years, I believe the gap will close. Swimmers/recruits taking notice of one of the best pro-groups in the world. This year, Top 5 at NCAAs.

B1Guy!
3 months ago

So he’s actually joining the collegiate team not the pros correct?

Alex Wilson
Reply to  B1Guy!
3 months ago

Apparently yes as he is only 19 years old and ASU is getting his student visa oked. ASU has a long history of developing and supporting Hungarian students back to to the time of Atilla Czane and more recently Anna Olasz, a Hungarian national team distance swimmer, who graduated from ASU recently

Kim
Reply to  Alex Wilson
3 months ago

I don’t hope for him and Hungary that his stay at ASU will have the same negative impact as it did to Agnes Kovacs – she may have received a degree, followed up last year by a ph.d. in her home country but her swimming career completely died at ASU under Michael Chasson.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kim
ASU Swammer
Reply to  Kim
3 months ago

Bowman is not Chassen. Chassen killed her career and took down the entire men’s program while he was at it.

Kim
Reply to  ASU Swammer
3 months ago

Let’s hop that. Kovacs’s stay at ASU is still the horror example why Hungarian swimmers should not go to the US in Hungary.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kim
NB1
Reply to  Kim
3 months ago

You want a list of whose career turned around for the better after landing a US scholarship? I am not sure the character limit will allow it.

Kim
Reply to  NB1
3 months ago

American universities tends not to prioritize foreign swimmers in Olympic years – that’s why it’s risky.

Alex Wilson
Reply to  Kim
3 months ago

Anna Olasz who swam at ASU under Bowman is doing well in international swimming. While long past competition swimming age at 79, I have been observing ASU swimming and swimmers for over 22 years and only ASU coach I know of that comes even close to Bob Bowman is Ron Johnson.

Alex Wilson
Reply to  B1Guy!
3 months ago

Kos and Marchand are the two top college age male european swimmers.

Ghost
Reply to  Alex Wilson
3 months ago

Popovici enters the room

Swimdude
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Popovici still isn’t college aged!!!! Which is crazy!!!

FST
Reply to  Swimdude
3 months ago

He also won’t go to the U.S. to train. Why would he?

Ghost
Reply to  FST
3 months ago

I agree but that wasn’t the statement.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Alex Wilson
3 months ago

And Borodin, but he is never gonna leave Russia for sure.

Pavid Dopovici
3 months ago

I didn’t know Kos could swim a 51. in the 100 fly 😳

PFA
Reply to  Pavid Dopovici
3 months ago

he’s not too far away from going 50. his best time is 51.3 almost mixed him up with Bulgarian teen flyer Josif Mailadinov.

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