Iowa Verbal Commit Ziyad Saleem Swims PR 1:44.7 200 Back in Brown Deer

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 9

August 24th, 2020 Club, News


  • August 21-23, 2020
  • Brown Deer, WI
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Meet Mobile results: ‘Ozaukee Aquatics IMX/IMR Challenge’

The Ozaukee Aquatics-hosted club invite concluded yesterday, with a swim from Schroeder YMCA’s Ziyad Saleem headlining the day.

Saleem, who had verbally committed to the University of Iowa before the program was cut, won the 200 back by over ten seconds. He posted a 1:44.76, slicing 1.17 seconds off of his old best; his only other race this weekend was the 100 back, where he hit a lifetime best 48.27. With the Hawkeye program shuttering in 2021, Saleem is now one of the most valuable backstroke prospects in the high school class of 2021; in fact, he appears to now own the top 200 back time out of uncommitted high school rising seniors.

Only a few other events were contested on Sunday’s main session, including the 400 IM and the 12 & under 100 back.

Elmbrook Swim Club’s Reese Tiltmann, 15, won the 400 IM in a 4:24.59; that was a drop of over 2.5 seconds from her old best. Her older sister is Reilly Tiltmann, who hit a lifetime best 52.2 in the 100 back earlier in the weekend. Shroeder’s Jack Lustig, 17, dropped fifteen seconds to win the boys’ 400 IM with a 4:06.29.

The fastest 12 & under of any gender in the 100 back was 12-year-old Caroline Wanezek, the younger sister of high school standouts Abby and Maggie Wanezek. C. Wanezek posted a 1:01.84, slicing almost two full seconds off of her old best.

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6 months ago

People gonna be fighting for this guy

Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

Yup, feeling like he will land quite softly on his two feet. Perhaps like how backstroker Mitchell Whyte ended up at Louisville (IIRC, his original school of choice also cut swimming).

Reply to  SwimFan49
6 months ago

Thinking about guys like Whyte and Connor Oslin, I wonder: what stroke event is the latest to develop? Distance is probably the earliest, but I’d be interested to see some analysis of peak age and also of which events have lowest correlation between high school rank and final standing. I’d guess 100 breaststroke, fair amount of mid major success there. Or maybe 200 fly, since sub-1:44 high school swims are still comparatively rare.

Reply to  Reid
6 months ago

And I’d toss in the IMs, especially the 4IM.

No more hawkeyes
6 months ago

I predict Virginia is the landing spot

Reply to  No more hawkeyes
6 months ago

Ten bucks says it’s going to be Cal.

6 months ago

Florida has a pretty good track record with transfers from Iowa, and with the 200 backstroke…..

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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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