FINA Junior Worlds Qualifier Kai Crews Makes Verbal Commitment to Cal

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Kaikea (“Kai”) Crews has committed to swim for the University of California, Berkeley starting in the fall of 2021. A two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, he attends Truckee High School and swims year-round for Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team where his father Cyrus Crews is the head coach. Crews made our Way Too Early list of boys from the high school class of 2021.

“I am very excited to continue my swimming career with CAL starting the fall of 2021.  The team was very welcoming and it felt like the perfect fit for me.  It will be a great experience to contribute and grow in this amazing program.  Go Bears! 

I would like to thank my coaches present and past:  Cyrus Crews and the assistant coaches at Truckee Tahoe Swim Team, Jody Burrill and the assistant coaches at Truckee High School, Ivan Petrov, Gyor Hungary, and Reid Yamamoto, Hawaii Swim Club Maui.  Also a big thanks to my family in, Truckee, CA, Java, Indonesia, and Maui, Hawaii for all your support.  Looking forward to finishing strong with Truckee Tahoe Swim Team, and Truckee High School before continuing my swimming with CAL.”

In his two years of high school swimming thus far, Crews has helped Truckee win a pair of Nevada Class 3A state titles, beating rival Boulder City. For his part, Crews was named Class 3A swimmer of the year by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association after winning the 100 free with a Nevada state record of 44.99 and the 100 back with 48.69, lowering the record he had set as a freshman. Crews also scored a PB in the 50 back with his relay leadoff of 22.39.

Crews represented Indonesia at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest last summer. He competed in the 50/100 free, 50/100/200 back, 50/100 fly, and 200 IM and left the meet with new lifetime bests in the 50/100 back and 50 fly.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 back – 22.39
  • 100 back – 48.69
  • 200 back – 1:46.98
  • 50 free – 20.83
  • 100 free – 44.69
  • 100 fly – 49.13

With his wide range of events, Crews can be helpful to Cal in a number of areas. He’s been mostly focused on the sprint freestyles and backstrokes but his 200s have been improving. He will join the Golden Bears with fellow class of 2025 verbal commits Jack Alexy, Jacob Soderlund, and Trent Frandson.

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AJ Pouch #1 Fan, Luke will Beat Him at NCAAs
1 year ago

AJ Pouch beat him on the last leg of the 400 free relay last NIAA state, but props to the homie for beating Luke Hobson at King of The Hill.

1 year ago

Congrats man! Can’t wait to see how you guys do at NV state this year!

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