European Juniors Silver Medalist Mark Torok Dominik Verbals To Wisconsin

by Matthew Harder 2

November 27th, 2021 Big Ten, College Recruiting, News

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Hungary’s Mark Torok Dominik has committed to Wisconsin for the fall of 2022. Dominik primarily specializes in 200 distances for the butterfly, breaststroke, and IM events.

Dominik swims for Ferencvarosi Torna Club/Hungarian Swimming Federation and has had several experiences traveling within the national team. In 2019, he won a silver medal in the 200 fly (1:58.79) at the European Junior Championships. That time still stands as his personal best, although he came close at this year’s European Championships when he went 1:58.88 to place 23rd out of prelims.

Kristof Milak, who also swims for Hungary and is the current World Record holder, won the event in 1:54.38.

In March, Dominik broke out at the 2021 Hungarian Spring Nationals (LCM) and notched new personal bests in the 200 IM (2:02.93), 200 breast (2:14.43), and 200 fly (1:58.47). His performances in the 200 breast and 200 fly earned him a spot on Team Hungary for the 2021 European Championships.

Dominik has also competed at the 2019 World Junior Championships in his hometown of Budapest, Hungary. There, he placed 7th in the 400 IM and didn’t advance to the final in the 200 fly, placing 14th out of prelims. In addition, he’s competed at a handful of FINA World Cup (25m) events.

Dominik lives in Hungary, so he doesn’t have any official Short Course Yards (SCY) times. His best times include:

  • 100 breast (LCM) – 1:03.19
  • 200 breast (LCM) – 2:14.43
  • 200 fly (LCM) – 1:58.47
  • 200 IM (LCM) – 2:02.93
  • 400 IM (LCM) – 4:19.30

Since Dominik has no yards data, we’ve converted his best meters times to yards times.

  • 100 yard breast – 55.12 (converted from LCM)
  • 200 yard breast – 1:57.50 (converted from LCM)
  • 200 yard fly – 1:44.20 (converted from LCM)
  • 200 yard IM – 1:47.86 (converted from LCM)
  • 400 yard IM – 3:47.83 (converted from LCM)

Based on his projected yards times, he’ll arrive to Madison with times that should score at the conference level. Based on last year’s Big Ten Championships, Dominik would’ve A-Finaled in 2 events: 7th in the 400 IM and 5th in the A Final of the 200 fly. In addition, he would’ve scored points via the C Final in the 200 IM. Last season, Wisconsin had no A finalists in the 200 fly.

Notably, with his projected times, Dominik is close to several invite times from last year’s NCAA Championships.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a Division I program that competes out of the Big Ten Conference. Wisconsin placed 5th at the 2021 Men’s Big Ten Championships with 729, only 3 points out of 4th place (Purdue). Yuri Suguiyama, who has a wealth of experience working on-staff with USA Swimming, is in his 4th season as the program’s head coach.

Dominik will join Charlie Jones, Michael Long, Cooper Scharff, Colin Senke, Lance Swanepoel, Taiko Torpe-Ormsby, and Zach Ward as incoming members of the class of 2026.

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1 year ago

Great pick up for the badgers! Just curious, on what data do you base your conversion tool? The breaststrokes seem right but IMs of 2:02.9 and 4:19 are more like 1:45.7 and 3:44/3:45.

1 year ago

That guy has been 2:02.9 in the IM 2:14.4 in the breast and 1:58.4 all in March this year

Last edited 1 year ago by Hoosier_Hammer87