Distance freestyler and IM’er Jason Quinn of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Ohio has verbally committed to the Virginia Cavaliers.
Quinn will join his older brother Austin Quinn who is a very similar swimmer and UVA’s best middle-distance freestyler.
Jason Quinn’s best times in yards:
- 200 free – 1:42.53
- 500 free – 4:28.10
- 1650 free – 15:20.24
- 200 IM – 1:52.42
- 400 IM – 3:58.28
As compared to his older brother, who ranked 16th in the 200 free and 5th in the 500 free in the ACC last season, Jason Quinn currently favors more toward the mile than the 200. However, even with a U.S. Open cut in the event, Jason’s distance skills are a relatively new revelation. He only has three official results in the USA Swimming database, with his best time coming at Winter Junior Nationals in his only swim since 2012.
Improvement has been the name-of-the-game for Quinn as he made a leap onto the national recruiting radar as a junior. Aside from the improvements in his 1650, he dropped 13 seconds from his best time in the 500 across the season; 4.5 seconds from his best time in the 200 free; and 10 seconds in the 400 IM.
If his improvements continue at even close to that race, the Cavaliers likely have found another immediate ACC scorer in their 2016 men’s recruiting class. All points, even at the conference level, will be welcome for the Cavaliers after an 8th-place finish at last year’s ACC Championships – a precipitous drop after winning 7 straight conference titles coming into the year.