All-American Jack Lane has left the Stanford men’s swimming program prior to his junior season, head coach Ted Knapp confirmed Friday.
“[Lane is and] amazing young man,” Knapp said. “Has really embraced both the swimming and academic opportunities at Stanford. He is taking a year off to travel around the world.”
Lane is a four-time All-American, and really became a pivotal part of Stanford’s relay lineup during the 2012-2013, where he swam on three NCAA Championship relays (though two were disqualified.)
He also picked up a point individually at NCAA’s with a 16th-place finish in the 100 fly (47.16) after pushing through prelims 14th. He was also on the 200 free relay, and the butterfly leg of both Stanford medley relays which both failed to score by way of DQ.
A quick glance through the Stanford roster shows now that four names from their top-ranked class of 2011 are absent (they came to Palo Alto in the fall of 2011): Lane, Jon Edwards, Erich Peske, and Sebastian Wigstrom.
It remains a successful class, however, with NCAA Champions David Nolan and Kristian Ipsen, along with standouts Drew Cosgarea and Robbie Hommel.
The Stanford men finished 7th at last year’s NCAA Championship meet, and finished runner-up at the Pac 12 Championships to Cal, ending a 31-year streak.
Lane could not be reached for comment.