First Looks: Ranking the Incoming NCAA Men’s Classes of 2022

With signing day come and gone, it’s time to see how the incoming classes are shaping up for next season. Like most of our incoming class rankings, many things factor into how a class is ranked, such as, but not limited to:

  • How many swimmers are in the class
  • How many ranked swimmers are in the class
  • Whether or not swimmers have SCY experience
  • Whether or not swimmers’ strengths address team needs
  • Whether or not swimmers have improved in the last season or two
  • Ability to score in dual meets as freshmen
  • (Sprint) freestyle is weighted heaviest, as that is most valuable in the NCAA system
  • Abundance/scarcity– if the class has a million strong butterfliers, that will be accounted for, and same goes if the class has very few strong breaststrokers
  • Magic

Most importantly, no SwimSwam author has ever owned a functioning crystal ball, nor do we claim to be able to predict the future. This is a look at what talent is coming to the NCAA next season, and which teams are expected to get the most out of their freshman classes– if you disagree with rankings, feel free to respectfully voice your opinion in the comments. If you’re still reading this disclaimer– amazing! You’ve done better than a staggeringly large portion of our readers. Thanks for doing that.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

  • NC State
  • UNC
  • Virginia Tech
  • Harvard
  • Georgia
  • Minnesota
  • Notre Dame

#10 – INDIANA

Top 20 HM Michael Brinegar, Andrew CouchonBen McDadeBrandon HamblinJack FranzmanMichael Draves, Mikey CalvilloZach Cook, Van Mathias

Without a key de- and re-commitment, this class might not have made it into the top ten. In-state sprinter Jack Franzman had a change of heart four months after verbally committing to the NC State Wolfpack in May, deciding to stay close to home and committing to Indiana instead.

In doing so, Franzman could wind up being IU’s next big sprinter. With Coley Stickels and Mark Hill on the coaching staff now, the Hoosier sprint group has become formidable, and Franzman is a big get for the program. He’s been 19.81/43.44 in yards and went a PR 22.68 in long course at the 2016 Jr Pan Pac Champs to earn the silver medal. Sprinters Andrew Couchon (20.4/45.2) and Brandon Hamblin (20.5/45.6) flesh out the incoming class with some speed.

Michael Brinegar is a top 20 honorable mention, and for good reason. He’s been 4:19/8:56/14:53 in the 500/1000/1650, and had a great 2017, producing bests of 3:54/7:57/15:09 in the LCM versions of those races. He won silver in the 1500 and bronze in the 800 at this past summer’s World Jr Championships, and the best part for IU is, the distance power doesn’t stop there.

Also in the class are Mikey CalvilloMichael Draves, and Ben McDade. Calvillo has been 4:28/9:11/15:15 in yards and 3:55/8:03.99/15:28.61 in long course, and he had a very strong 4:22.09 400m IM this summer, which ranked him #10 all-time in 15-16 U.S. history at that time. Draves and McDade are similar in speed, with Draves coming in at 4:30/9:23/15:50 and McDade at 4:28/9:14/15:41. The last member of the class is a sprint butterflier, Zach Cook, who has been 48.1 in the 100.

Oregon pickup Van Mathias adds more to this class– his butterfly times of 48.61/1:51.95 aren’t eye-popping, but he went impressive times of 53.87/2:00.31 in long course, and he could certainly develop significantly in SCY before he gets to IU. He’s also a 56.7/1:04 breaststroker and a 1:48 IMer.

#9 – FLORIDA STATE

Cooper de Ryk, Dillon Hall, Izaak Bastian, Jake Adcock, John Yambor-Maul, Karol Ostrowski, Kuba Książek, Matthew Strickland, Zander Minano

At the core of this FSU class is pure sprint speed, a huge plus in the NCAA system.

Two Polish commits look to be at the head of the class in Karol Ostrowski and Kuba Ksiazek. Ostrowski has been quicker, boasting times of 22.72 and 49.87 in freestyle, though Ksiazek isn’t far back in 22.91/50.25. Ostrowski has also been 1:50.55 in the 200 LCM free, while Ksiazek has been 24.68 in the 50 fly.

California’s Zander Minano is the fastest yards newcomer, having been under 20 seconds already in the 50 free (19.87). It’s somewhat rare to have a sub-20 sprinter out of high school (though not really for this class, as evidenced by Texas and Florida in particular), but Minano is still an important pickup. Add in Cooper de Ryk, a 20.1/45.0 sprinter, and that could be a very solid 200 free relay without even factoring in returning swimmers for next year.

There’s more than just sprint free power here, with Bahamian national team-er Izaak Bastian joining up next fall. He’s been 28.77/1:03.71 in LCM breaststroke, something for Coach Neal Studd to work with.

#8 – TEXAS A&M

#20 Clayton Bobo, Shaine Casas, Alberto Gomez, Coco Bratanov, Ethan Gogulski, Mark Schippenkoetter, Jake Schababerle, Peter Simmons

The Aggies are on the up-and-up as a men’s team, and this recruiting class absolutely reflects that trend. The in-state haul is significant and makes up all but one swimmer, headlined by SwimSwam’s #20 recruit in the class, Clayton Bobo. Another sub-20 sprinter, Bobo has been 19.90 in the 50, and he backs that up with a very strong 43.56 in the 100 free. Bobo has also been 1:38.13 in the 200 free and brings in a nice 48.13 100 fly, too.

After Bobo, the sprint dominos fall into place. Shaine Casas has been 20.1/44.3, Coco Bratanov 20.4/44.9, Alberto Gomez 45.1, and Mark Schippenkoetter 51.6 LCM. Schippenkoetter and Gomez both represented Mexico at the 2016 Jr Pan Pac Champs.

There’s a lot more to Casas and Gomez, in particular, than sprint free. Casas is a bit of a diamond in the rough in that he broke out this summer at Junior Nationals with best long course times in free (23.0/50.5/1:51.6), back (55.7/2:02.0), fly (53.2), and IM (2:03.0). Those times suggest he has more in the tank than his 47.6 fly and 48.4/1:47.3 back SCY times suggest, along with his sprint free yards bests. Gomez is also very versatile, with bests of 1:48.1/3:51.1 in IM, 48.7/1:48.0 back, and 1:38.1 free.

Adding to the backstroke influx will be Ethan Gogulski (49.5/1:45.0) and Peter Simmons (49.7/1:47.7), while Jake Shababerle rounds out the class with 56.0/2:02.7 breaststroke bests.

#7 – CAL

#1 Reece Whitley, Christopher Jhong, Daniel O’Connell, Kyle Millis

This is a very small class, but they crack the top 10 because of one name: #1 in the class, Reece Whitley. The best high school breaststroker to enter the NCAA system since Andrew Seliskar (who happens to go to Cal, too), Whitley gives Cal an immediate elite breaststroke option who is already fast enough to A final in both breaststrokes at NCAAs and who can solidify their medley relays as soon as he gets to campus.

For how fast he is at breaststroke, Whitley isn’t someone so specialized in his stroke that he can’t do anything else. He’s also 1:47.1 BK, 1:48.8 FL, 1:43.9/3:47.1 IM, and 45.1/1:38.1 FR, with his IM being the most impressive. Whitley also had a fantastic summer, giving way to long course bests of 27.7/1:00.0/2:10.8 in breaststroke, earning silvers in the 100 and 200 at the 2017 World Jr Champs. With the momentum Cal has, the addition of Whitley could turn the corner for them as they seek another national title.

Christopher Jhong is a great IM’er (1:47/3:50) with a 1:39.7 200 free, while Daniel O’Connell has been 20.7/45.2 FR and Kyle Millis has been 50.1/1:49.0 BK.

The class is tiny, but noting how large and powerful the current Cal freshman class is, the Golden Bears didn’t necessarily need another army of newcomers for next fall. Still, the lack of numbers here and sparse sprint free promise keeps the class from breaking into the top 5.

#6 – MICHIGAN

#6 Patrick Callan, Top 20 HM Will Chan, Andrew Babyak, David Cleason, Ian Miskelley, AJ Bornstein, Michael MacGillivray, Mason Hunter, Jared Daigle

Michigan is looking to get back on top of things in the Big Ten, and landing someone like Patrick Callan is a great way to make that happen. The Oklahoma native is #6 in the 500 free and #10 in the 200 free in U.S. 17-18 history, and he’s the fastest U.S. 500 freestyler to enter the NCAA system since Grant Shoults and Townley Haas. Callan has been 44.5/1:34.0/4:14.6 in the 100/200/500, and Michigan has had a lot of success with mid-distance freestylers, most recently names like Felix Auboeck, Anders Nielsen, Michael Wynalda, Connor Jaeger, etc.

Callan also dropped a 1:47.33 leading off the USA’s 4×200 free relay at World Jr Champs– the only 17-18’s in U.S. history that have been faster than that are Maxime Rooney (1:47.10) and Michael Phelps (1:45.99). Callan’s lifetime bests are fresh, and out of all of the fantastic 200-500 freestylers incoming next fall, Callan could wind up ahead of them all under Mike Bottom.

Will Chan offers some nice breaststroke speed to join Jacob Montague & company– Chan has been 53.7/1:58.9 in yards, and given the smaller amount of elite breaststrokers incoming next fall, his value is upped a bit. Chan is joined by AJ Bornstein, who has been 55.9/1:58.6 in breast, as well as 56.0 breaststroker Mason Hunter. An intriguingly versatile commit, Chan has also been 1:48.9 IM and 20.1 free, and his sprint free could prove vital to Michigan as top sprinter Paul Powers is graduating after this season.

Distance specialist Andrew Babyak (4:26/15:26 in yards) and in-state talents Ian MiskelleyDavid Cleason, and Michael MacGillivray, along with MA’s Jared Daigle make up the rest of this Michigan class.

#5 – ARIZONA STATE

#4 Cody Bybee, #13 Noah Henry, Khalil Fonder, Eddie Michael, Jakob Icimsoy, Ethan Luc, Liam Bresette, Elijah Warren, Jack Little

Picking up two top-20 recruits and a nice group of additional names, the ASU Sun Devils look to keep riding the wave upwards in the NCAA.

Cody Bybee will be part of a great sprint free group led by Cameron Craig and Grant House— he’s been 20.3/43.7/1:34.5 as well as 4:23.5 in the 500, already fast enough to help out on at least the 4×200 free relay. It doesn’t stop there for Bybee, though, a top sprinter out of Ohio following House’s footsteps, as he’s a 21.5/46.9/1:47 flyer as well. Khalil Fonder from the Virginia Gators is also a great butterflier, with PRs of 47.63 in the 100 and 1:47.13 in the 200.

#13 Noah Henry is the 2nd ranked commit in the class, a 44.8/1:37.9 freestyler whose focus is backstroke– Henry’s bests are 47.1/1:44.8 there. Missouri’s Liam Bresette, meanwhile, has been 1:37.1 in the 200 free as well as 1:48.8 in the 200 IM. Eddie Michael (21.0/45.3) and Ethan Luc (20.7/44.8/1:38.4) are additional sprint pickups, while 54.8 breaststroker Elijah Warren adds another angle to a class otherwise without breaststroke speed.

#4 – USC

#3 Alexei Sancov, #15 Ariel Spektor, Sean Ward, Victor Johansson

It doesn’t hurt to have a former World Jr Record holder coming in next fall. Alexei Sancov, a Moldova native living in California, has been 49.0/1:47.0/3:53.4 FR as well as 53.2 FL in long course. Newer to yards, as he’s only been training and racing SCY since 2016, he’s still been 20.2/43.4/1:33.9/4:19.8 FR and 47.3/1:47.1 FL– along with a 1:47.2 IM. Sancov could take on many roles for USC, but he looks primed to be their next freestyle star.

On the other end of the spectrum is another European, Sweden’s Victor Johansson, a distance specialist. In long course, Johansson can take it down to the 200 (1:48.74), but his real strength is the 400 (3:48.96), 800 (7:52.66), and 1500 free (15:05.91). His times convert over to 1:35.0/4:16.5/8:49/14:48, and the Swedish national record holder should be an immediate scorer for the Trojans in his first year in the States.

In addition to ranked #3 Sanov, #15 Ariel Spektor out of Bolles gives USC another top 20 name. He has three very strong events: the 100 fly (47.39), 200 free (1:37.21), and 200 IM (1:46.57), and he’s also split a 21-low on relays swimming fly on several occasions.

The fourth and final member of the class is Sean Ward, a 55.5 breaststroker who placed 5th at the 2017 CIF State Championships.

#3 – STANFORD

#11 Jack LeVant, #14 Daniel Roy, #18 Jonathan Cook, Alessandro Boratto, David Madej, Mason Gonzalez

The Stanford men capitalized on a scarce breaststroke market, picking up half of the four breaststrokers in our 20 top rankings. #14 Daniel Roy was crowned the World Jr Champion over the summer after beating Reece Whitley in the 200m breast (2:10.77), breaking Kevin Cordes’ 17-18 NAG record in the process. He’s been 54.10/1:54.77, and his 200 is far more potent than his 100. #18 Jonathan Cook is also better in the 200, with yards bests of 53.91/1:57.06, though he’s also been 1:48.36/3:54.75 in IM and 49.78 in fly.

Meanwhile, the rest of the class brings in a lot of sprint power, which will go a long way for the distance-oriented Stanford roster.

#11 Jack LeVant has been 20.1/43.9/1:35.4/4:18.2 in freestyle, very strong top to bottom there. LeVant is also 48.8 back and 47.6 fly, along with 1:45’s in both fly and back and 1:48 IM. The North Texas Nadadores standout had a big summer, too, putting up PRs of 1:48.70 in the 200m free and 1:58.64 in the 200m fly.

They might be opponents in high school, but Allegheny North’s Mason Gonzalez and Upper Dublin’s Alessandro Boratto are headed to the Farm together next fall. Gonzalez was built for speed (19.9/43.6/1:37.9), while Boratto is a great backstroker (48.4/1:46.4) who broke out in long course this summer with new bests of 55.5/2:00.8.

David Madej (20.4/44.1/1:37.2 FR, 48 BK/FL) will be another free relay option like Gonzalez, and considering the distance depth in Palo Alto next year (Sweetser/Shoults/Calloni/Hirschberger), the lack of distance power in this class isn’t all that important.

#2 – FLORIDA

#7 Robert Finke, #8 Kieran Smith, #9 Trey Freeman, Top 20 HM Will Davis, Isaac Davis, Kacper Stokowski, Nick Hackett, Miguel Cancel

Picking up 3 top ten recruits, an HM, and a top European sprinter, Florida is doing all it can to offset the graduation of Caeleb Dressel. There is no making amends for the loss of the fastest SCY sprinter ever, but this is definitely a class for Gator fans to get excited about.

Starting with #7 Robert Finke, UF has picked up one of the great distance freestylers of the class. Finke, who is staying in-state (and following sister Autumn, UF class of ’17), would’ve scored 9th at the 2017 NCAA Champs in the mile with his PR of 14:37.71. In fact, with a good chunk of mid-season invites already completed, Finke would have the best time in the NCAA right now. He’s also been 4:18.74 in the 500 free, 1:47.41/3:47.65 in IM, and is sub 1:49 in the 200 back and 200 fly.

Distance/IM specialist Kieran Smith and mid-distance freestyler Trey Freeman fit right in with Finke. Smith erupted in LCM this summer (1:59.5/4:17.6 IM), and he’s been 1:46.4/3:46.0 IM in SCY. At the USA v. College Challenge last month, Smith hit rare October PRs in the 200 free (1:36.0) and 200 back (1:43.9), and we’re likely to see him drop even more before getting to Florida. Freeman has the most speed out of the three (20.2/44.2), but his sharpest events are the 200 free (1:34.9) and 500 free (4:16.9), though he’s also been 14:59 in the SCY mile. Freeman had impressive showings at the World Jr Champs in the 200 (1:47.7) and 400 (3:50.1), claiming the bronze in the 400.

In-state pickup Miguel Cancel adds even more depth in mid-distance with bests of 44.5/1:37.9/4:24.3, and he’s been 1:46.7 BK and 1:48.0 IM.

Bolles twins Isaac and Will Davis bring sprint power, with Will having been 19.8/44.1 as well as 47.8 in fly and Isaac 19.9/45.7. Getting not one, but TWO sub-20 sprinters in the same class is big, especially considering the loss of Dressel.

Poland’s Kacper Stokowski, who holds SCM World Jr records in backstroke, has been 23.40/50.53/1:51.76 BK in SCM, which converts to times of 21.08/45.52/1:40.68. He’s also been 1:48.51 FR and 24.0/54.0 FL in LCM, translating to 1:34.8 and 21.0/47.4. Stokowski isn’t the first Pole in Gainesville (think Jan Switkowski and Marcin Ciezlak), and he makes this class all the more complete with backstroke salience.

The final piece here is Nick Hackett, a sprinter who’s been 21.1/45.7/1:39.0 FR and 48.6/1:48.9 FL. The one drawback to this monster class is the lack of breaststroke speed, so the Gators will continue to rely on Chandler Bray on medleys for the time being.

#1 – TEXAS

#2 Drew Kibler, #10 Daniel Krueger, #16 Matt Willenbring, #17 Jason Park, Top 20 HM Andrew Koustik, Aitor Fungairino, Alex Margherio, Alex Zettle, Braden Vines, Charlie Scheinfeld

The Texas men haven’t looked sharp other than the Eddie Reese Invite this year, but never fear– the class of 2022 is absolutely loaded with sprint freestyle power, and the Longhorns might have finally secured a worthy breaststroker to lead the way.

#2 Drew Kibler was a dynamite get for Texas, boasting freestyle bests (19.6/42.9/1:33.3/4:15.6) that their Bay Area rivals would die for. He made some progression in the big pool in back (54.9) and fly (53.6) this summer, too, upping his versatility. #10 Daniel Krueger and #16 Matt Willenbring follow suit– Krueger and the gargantuan Willenbring (estimates are in the 6’8″-6’11” range) are impact sprinters as well, with Krueger in at 19.8/43.3/1:35.5 and Willenbring at 20.2/43.7/1:35.2.

Things hike up in yardage a bit with guys like Alex Zettle, a 4:19.2 500 freestyler who’s also 1:36.2 in the 200 and 15:20 in the mile, while Aitor Fungairino (1:34.8/4:25.7) specializes in mid-distance as well. Both of those times for Fungairino came at the FHSAA 3A Champs, with the 1:34 adding another potential 800 free relay candidate to go along with Kibler, Krueger, Zettle, and Willenbring.

Backstroker Jason Park is #17 on the top 20 list, with bests of 47.8/1:45.7, and Alex Margherio is 48.5 in the 100 back. Margherio is better at butterfly, having been 47.5 there, pairing well with Top 20 HM Andrew Koustik, whose best event is the 200 fly. Koustik went a PR 1:44.7 in that event earlier in November, and he was 1:58.1 in long course this summer.

Charlie Scheinfeld and Braden Vines are solid breaststrokers, with Scheinfeld at 54.6/1:59.0 and Vines at 56.0/2:00.6. Texas has been woefully unable to replace Will Licon on medley relays, and while Scheinfeld and Vines aren’t remotely at Licon’s level, they could certainly whittle down to usable medley times with another year of high school and a new training environment in Austin.

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Comments

  1. Tom Schroeder says:

    Is Virginia with Justin Grender, Lewis Burras and Casey Storch along with diver Jake Greenberg outside the top 20?

  2. PNW says:

    Backstroker Kyle Millis is also committed to cal

  3. ClubCoach says:

    Finke actually went a 1:47.41 in the 200IM and a 4:18.74 in the 500 at the FHSAA 4A State finals untapered.

  4. Actually says:

    Florida also got Miguel Cancel, a rather versatile pick-up if you ask me… Hard one to leave out.

  5. Go Bearcats says:

    I think Whitley alone should have Cal lower. I can’t see anyone contesting him in the 100 breast, and the 200 breast really the only one who can is his own teammate. And he’ll be splitting the fastest in relays as well.

    • Swimmer says:

      Daniel Roy

      • Go Bearcats says:

        Isn’t Whitley a lot better SCY

        • Hannah says:

          Yes but Daniel Roy had a breakout season in LCM and hasn’t had time to translate it yet. He could see some big drops.

          • Alex says:

            Daniel Roy doesn’t get much credit from swimswam compared to Whitley. I mean he trains by himself in Spokane… And he’s a foot shorter than Whitley. That’s already a pretty impressive story. I’m pretty sure Daniels 400IM is comparable to Whitley’s too.

          • Anonymous says:

            I think you’re actually undervaluing Whitley. Roy is very fast and has been on a nice upward trend, but so has Whitley and he’s been faster across the board. If you look at their main events, Breaststroke and IMs, in yards. In the Breaststrokes, Whitley is 1.15 seconds faster in the 50 (24.44-25.59), 2.26 seconds faster in the 100 (51.84-54.10), and 2.1 seconds faster in the 200 (1:52.37-1:54.47). In the IMs, Whitley is 5.16 seconds faster in the 200 (1:43.93-1:49.09) and 4.11 seconds faster in the 400 (3:47.15-3.51.26). Beyond those two specialties, Roy doesn’t bring much else while Whitley has a 1:38 200 Free, 1:47 200 Back, and 1:48 200 Fly. Whitley is more versatile than Roy and has significantly more speed which is very crucial in the NCAA environment.
            Because Roy had a breakout LC season, I’ll throw those comparisons in but it’s a little murkier LC due to several championship meets and Whitley not having swum a LC 400 IM since 2015. Whitley improved in all his events from nationals-jr worlds so he may not have been fully tapered and could theoretically have a faster 200 IM. The same goes for Roy, he improved from nationals- jrs in all his events and then his 200 Breast improved from there to be worlds so his full taper fell somewhere around summer jrs and jr worlds. His 50 at nationals could probably be faster and potentially his 100 Breast and 200 IM as well. Disclaimer aside, here’s how they compare.
            In the breaststrokes, Whitley is 1.01 seconds faster in the 50 (27.71-28.72), 1.34 seconds faster in the 100 (1:00.08-1:01.42), and Roy is .05 faster in the 200 (2:10.77-2:10.82). In the 200 IM, Whitley is 1.56 seconds faster (2:03.43-2:04.99).

            Again, Whitley is better across the board but especially in the sprints.

            Overall, Roy is a great swimmer and solid pick up who could potentially be better than Whitley, but right now Whitley is far more valuable and a better pick up in the NCAA system.

          • JP input is too short says:

            But versatility is only worth so much in college swimming.

            If you’re going to Cal and you’re a breaststroker with a decent 200 IM, the only way versatility above and beyond that helps is if you can also sprint free at an NCAA relay level. Whitley is not that, yet. Maybe he can be that but it seems as if he’s gravitated toward the longer events – and even so, a 1:38 200 free isn’t going to play in Cal relays. The 200 back and 200 fly is just completely irrelevant to Whitley’s college swimming value except inasmuch as it is an indicator of his IM ability, but he shows that in the IM itself.

            Is he a better recruit than Roy? Undoubtedly at this moment. But he is solely because his 50/100/200 breast are better than Roy’s and neither have developed even major conference scoring-level sprint free ability.

      • Lone star says:

        Daniel Roy, after taking a break in September, he just went 2:06 in 200 SCM BR in World Cup. Singapore, which would translate to a better time than his Jr World gold medal time in LCM ( like 2:09 ish).

        A great talent training alone mostly in a small town somewhere in Washington.

        Seeming like Class of 2022 is full of talents.

        • Murica says:

          Dont say 2:06 is a 2:09 if the WRs are 2:00 and 2:06. Makes no sense. He’d have to be 2:03 to convert to 2:09 if we’re gonna use logic here. Also while on the subject, Whitley is gonna have more impact with a much better 100 and 50 breast. When was the last time a pure 200 stroke guy was a key to anyone’s NCAA team?

          Also 1:43 200 IM? Cmon this isnt even a discussion. Whitley is a 50 point ind scorer with 2 first place relay finishes as a freshman at the least…

          • Lone star says:

            That is what Swimming World time converter says. It depends on which area of 2:06 he did.

          • Dudeman says:

            I’m not sure the time converter is very reliable, many people here already know that it is a tad, if not very optimistic when converting, especially from short course to long course.

  6. Observer says:

    Van Mathias for IU also. Should vault them up a few more ranks.

  7. Aquajosh says:

    Stokowski will be the pick of this class.

  8. wolfensf says:

    Florida did pick up Dillion Hillis a breaststroker.

  9. Swimfan1 says:

    Galen Penvenne is also committed to Cal

  10. Actually says:

    Van Mathias as well for Indiana! He’s another serious recruit I can’t believe was left out. He’s well rounded and has insane depth.

  11. tea rex says:

    Maybe there’s something about freakishly tall guys going on recruiting trips and realizing they can be not the only freak in a social setting. In the last few years, Texas has snagged three ~6’9″ swimmers: Clark Smith, Jeremy Nichols, Matthew Willenbring.

    Other Really Tall Swimmers:
    6’10” Ari-Pekka Liukkonen
    6’8″ Matt Grevers, Yannick Agnel, Amaury Leveaux, Arkady Vyatchanin, Reece Whitley

  12. Uberfan says:

    Did Cal spend all their money on this years class

    • Reid says:

      Doubtful. They graduate Hoppe, Lynch, and Josa (plus a handful of other guys who were part of their number one class but have topped out at NCAA qualifiers; not sure how much money they would get as instaters), and they only bring in Whitley and Jhong. They must have a few extra dollars lying around.

  13. Aquajosh says:

    I’m still wondering where FSU got all this money from. They recruited a ton of foreign women and men, and most of their American signees are not from Florida.

  14. crooked donald says:

    Not sure why Texas can’t get better breastrokers these days. It’s not like they haven’t had Hansen and Licon, or that Eddie can’t coach a breastroker to NCAA records and Olympic medals, because he has. Are they spooked by Eddie’s age and possible retirement during their college years, don’t like the style of breastroke he favors, or what? If you could be dialed in as legit threat to win NCAAs medley relay any given year starting with your freshman year, why wouldn’t you go there?

    • j pine says:

      My thoughts exactly. If Texas had a good breastroker come in this year, they would probably have been a shoo-in for the medley relays considering the strengths of their other three legs and the depth they have in Back, Fly and Free. Very unfortunate that this year either someone has to step up in the breastroke, Joe Schooling has to split an insane fly split or Shebat give them a huge lead (which probably isn’t going to happen to be honest), or they can forget about defending the medley relays

    • Eggnog says:

      What is Eddie’s style of breastroke out of curioustity?

    • Swimdawg says:

      Easy… Texas does the 200 free. Always has…always will. There have been many backstrokers and butterflyers who can rip a 200 or 100 free… but rarely does a straight breastroker keep up in the middle D lane… not saying it doesn’t happen. But for sure less often with breast guys over the other types.

    • (G)olden Bear says:

      Rumor has it that Texas may get a class of 2023 breaststroker who can also sprint free…

  15. M_FAN says:

    When Mike Bottom was hired, everyone thought that Michigan would change from a distance program to a sprint program. He initially recruited all events, sprint, distance and strokes and they finished Top 4 in 3 year at the NCAAs. But since then, they have lost a lot of sprinters and Powers is the last of the big sprint recruits (Borges was coming to Michigan regardless of who the coach was). Michigan has reverted back to being a distance program and that hurts them at NCAAs since only their 800 Free relay gets them points (and relays are double the individual points). Indiana is recruiting sprinters and are having success. I’m interested in knowing why Michigan is struggling to recruit sprinters. They need to be recruiting at least 2 sprinters a year to provide depth for the relays and success at NCAAs (along with their distance group).

    • Mikael Rosén says:

      Or they do like the 1990s, wins NCAA with 7 swimmers.

    • crooked donald says:

      It’s cold. Nothing says “I’m not feeling very sprinty” like cold weather. Unless you’re a Scandinavian woman, then you kick butt.

      • M_Fan says:

        Indiana is cold and finding sprinters is not an issue. Same with Michigan 4 years ago. So you’re saying Sprinters are soft? I don’t buy that excuse.

        • crooked donald says:

          50 free at 2017 and 2014 NCAAs: top 16, only one person north of Missouri. In 2015 and 2016, only two were north of Missouri. 90% are from warm weather climates. Sprinters aren’t soft, they’re smart.

        • dmswim says:

          Average highs in Bloomington are about 7 degrees warmer than Ann Arbor in the winter months. That’s a significant difference.

    • ArtVanDeLegh10 says:

      Are you suggesting that Michigan isn’t trying to recruit the top sprinters? I’m sure they are but just haven’t been able to get them.

      • M_FAN says:

        I said the following above: ” I’m interested in knowing why Michigan is struggling to recruit sprinters.”

        Struggling means they are trying to recruit sprinters but are unsuccessful.

        • Kathy says:

          Coley Stickles vs Josh White (who is a hell of a coach by the way)

          • M_Fan says:

            Stickles just joined Indiana, they’ve been recruiting good sprinters the past 4 years. He will continue that.

            But my question is about Michigan, Mike Bottom is one of the best in the business when it comes to sprinters yet he’s not able to recruit them lately.

            As long as Josh White is at Michigan, Michigan distance will always be at an elite level.

          • ArtVanDeLegh10 says:

            True, but when UM won NCAAs about 5 years ago, they had sprinters, mid D guys, and D guys.

      • nostradamus says:

        Maybe people just aren’t buying what Bottom is selling. On my trip to Michigan Bottom was only paying attention to one out of the seven recruits. Granted, this recruit was the top of the class, but ignoring six other guys (all top 100 recruits) isn’t good for business. Because what do the boys do on Monday when they go back home? They talk to the kids on their club, friends on other clubs, etc…

        Also, aside from Connor, and now Felix (both distance guys), what have the boys from those crazy Michigan teams 2010-2014 done? Even Whitaker, one of many NCAA champs of that time period, didn’t do much in the big pool. The Ortiz brothers were on the Spanish team for some events, but did they make it past the heats at any international meet…? Point being, in typical BIG10 sporting fashion, Michigan is pretty good every year, but great only once in a while.

  16. Coach Puff says:

    It’s not about the recruits you sign. It’s about how well you coach them. This list is fun to look at, overall meaningless. I would like to see a list of kids with great upside going to programs with the best coaches.

    • Midwesterner says:

      Like Mizzou – great at spotting talent and developing them!

    • Purdue Maker says:

      When I think of coach developing talent I think NCSU. The constantly whoop up on most of these teams with these “top recruiting classes”.

      • Reid says:

        NC State gets so many top recruits. Maybe not quite as many as Cal, Texas, or Florida, but Held, Ipsen, Bilis, Izzo, Schiellerup, Dahl, McLaughlin, Stuart, a bunch of transfers—all these guys were very very fast before they got to NC State. And the teams ahead of them all have numerous examples of developing swimmers—look at guys like Brad deBorde, Nolan Koon, or Trent Williams.

    • Swimmer1 says:

      Texas.

    • Jared Anderson says:

      As a former developmental prospect, my heart wants to agree with you. But looking at the NCAA landscape, it’s clear this list is far from meaningless. The teams that get multiple top-tier recruits are, almost without exception, the teams competing for top finishes at NCAAs. Look no further than the current Stanford women, Texas men or Cal men for proof that recruiting top-level high school talent is really the only way to compete for an NCAA title.

  17. HOYA13 says:

    FYI Mason Gonzalez goes to North Allegheny high school in PA, not “Allegheny North”

  18. Rick Allred says:

    Doesn’t the Alabama men’s team deserve an honorable mention?

  19. Right Dude Here says:

    Willembring is 6’11

    • Dudeman says:

      I think in the commentary from the 4×100 medley relay at world Juniors it was mentioned he was 6’11 and a half, which is insane

  20. Nick Saban says:

    Where’s Auburn? They picked up two Jr. Worlds finalists, one being the #13 recruit on College Swimming’s rankings.

  21. Jerimiah Knots says:

    After all said and done Texas mens swimming will stay on top…. with everything!! HOOK EM

  22. Swimnut says:

    Hard to believe that Harvard isn’t in the top 10. Gures, Lamar and Johnson are all going to make big impacts on the program and at NCAAs. And don’t forget Andrew Acosta who is a 6’7″ freestyler from Puerto Rico. Looks like Harvard will be a top 10 program in the next two years.

  23. NeedTechSuit says:

    Anyone know what size (XS,S,M) from the Mizuno tech suit size chart translates to a 25/26 in the US chart?

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About Karl Ortegon

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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