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“I committed to Seton Hall because I loved my experience there with the team and the coaches. I felt that I would fit into the team athletically and personality wise. I am very excited to be a pirate next year!”
With those words, accompanying a verbal commitment from Arnold, Maryland’s Josh Tosoni, Seton Hall University just may have found itself the diamond in the rough of recruiting season 2015-16. Tosoni has simply exploded over the last two seasons into a national-level breaststroker, and it looks like he has a lot left in the tank to continue improving.
Tosoni had only swum during the high school season at Broadneck Senior High School until the spring of his sophomore year, or about 18 months ago. At that time, the club swimmers on Broadneck’s team convinced him to join the Naval Academy Aquatic Club. He was a 1:05.00 100 breaststroker and had never even swum a 200 breast. Tosoni shared with SwimSwam, “My first club swimming experience was in the summer of 2014. I had never swum long course before so my first season was a bit rough. By the end of the long course season I went 1:16.93 in the 100m breast, 2:54.11 in the 200m breast, and 2:36.48 in the 200m IM. I missed the state cuts in each event by multiple seconds.”
The following short course season things began to fall into place for Tosoni, and he managed enormous drops in the 100/200 breast and 200 IM. He qualified for Junior Nationals and placed third in the 100 breast at states. This summer, in his first real long course season, Tosoni won States in the 100m and 200m breast. Here is his evolution:
|100 yard breast||58.67||59.66||1:05.00|
|200 yard breast||2:10.59||NS||NS|
|200 yard IM||2:02.50||2:19.04||NS|
|100 meter breast||1:06.38||1:16.93||NS|
|200 meter breast||2:27.59||2:54.11||NS|
|200 meter IM||2:16.78||2:36.48||NS|
“This short course season I hope to be under 55.99 in the 100 SCY breast, under 2:04.99 in the 200 breast, and under 1:55.99 in the 200 IM. Based on my first untapered, unrested meet of the season where I went 59.48 in the 100 breast, 2:11.99 in the 200 breast, and 2:00.37 (Best Time) in the 200 IM, I should be able to hit all of my goal times. One day I hope that everyone will see me compete at the NCAA division one championship and/or Olympic trials.”
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