Jr Pan Pacs Bronze Medalist #6 Ethan Heasley Verbally Commits to Texas

Texas has bolstered its class of 2024 with the addition of #6 (see our top 20 recruits from the class of 2020 hereEthan Heasley from the Hillsboro Swim Team in Oregon. This summer, Heasley won the bronze medal in the 400 free at the 2018 Jr Pan Pacs Championships.

“I am extraordinarily excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue both my academic and athletic career at the University of Texas! I chose Texas because of the phenomenal team atmosphere and reputation, the fantastic facilities, and the high level academics. I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for supporting me through this whole process. Hook ’em!”


  • 200y free – 1:38.18
  • 500y free – 4:19.82
  • 1650y free – 15:06.12
  • 200y back – 1:47.56
  • 200y breast – 2:02.82
  • 200y fly – 1:45.93
  • 200y IM – 1:47.86
  • 400y IM – 3:45.56

Heasley is a fantastic distance addition, already under 4:20 in the 500 free with a year and a half of high school left before he heads to college. His strengths don’t stop after the mile, though, as he’s very strong with the 200s of stroke and has great times in the IMs.

This summer, in addition to his bronze in the 400 free (3:53.81), he swam to lifetime bests of 4:19.81 in the 400 IM, 2:05.08 in the 200 IM, 2:04.61 in the 200 fly, and 1:51.52 in the 200 free at the 2018 Jr Pan Pac Champs.

Texas’s distance free depth is staggering right now– nine men have been under 4:20 already this year, not including Townley Haas, who hasn’t had a big moment yet despite being a sub-4:10 500 freestyler. They’ve only had three men swim the mile, but Chris Yeager and Jack Collins have already been under 15 minutes. Heasley will boost the roster across a number of events, but the mile and 400 IM are probably where he’ll have the most impact– his 400 IM PR would rank 2nd on their 2018-19 top times list as of now.

Heasley joins #1 Carson Foster in Texas’s class of 2024.

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4 years ago

Congratulations on joining a great family under the guidance of a legendary coach, all while getting an excellent education.

4 years ago

Congratulations on joining a great family with the opportunity to train under a legendary coach all while getting an excellent education.

Reply to  FormerLonghorn
4 years ago

Eddie will be gone by the time he arrives on campus.

Swim Papa
Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

Not sure why all the downvotes for Swimmer’s comment, this is pretty common knowledge. Eddie is an awesome coach, but he’s going to retire either after 2020 Olympics or soon after. It’s not coincidental that most of the UT Pros are finding new training teams/locations.

Reply to  Swim Papa
4 years ago

I was not being negative towards Eddie. Eddie is an amazing coach and recruiter. Eddie will be stepping down ver soon. It’s a fact of life.

Reply to  Swim Papa
4 years ago

I wouldn’t bet money on Eddie leaving in 2020. He’s not leaving until he wants to leave and he’s a long ways from wanting to leave.

Reply to  FormerLonghorn
4 years ago

I’d bet he retires from the college gig after 2021, when he’ll turn 80 and once his grandson Luke Bowman finishes his eligibility at Texas.

Eddie Reese can set up whatever life in swimming post-Texas he wants. If he wants to set up a pro group, or glom on to another, or just pick his favorite 3 or 4 swimmers and coach them, or get paid 6 figures+ to run a few camps in Colorado Springs throughout the years, or whatever he wants…stepping down at Texas doesn’t mean leaving coaching.

No inside info. That’s just my hunch.

Drama King
4 years ago

Versality at its best. Conger and Levant type.
Congratzzz Dude 😇

(G)olden Bear
4 years ago

Congrats, Ethan! Hook ‘em!

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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