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Japanese breaststroker Yamato Okadome has announced his intention to swim and study at the University of California, Berkeley, beginning in the 2024-25 school year. He wrote on social media:
“I’m very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at UC Berkeley!! I’m so thankful for this opportunity and for my parents, coaches, friends and mentors who have helped me along the way. Go bears 🐻🐻”
Okadome represented Japan at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Honolulu, where he won two silver medals and three bronze medals. In individual competition, he was runner-up in the 100 breast (1:01.35) and 200 breast (2:12.19), edging future Cal classmate Nick Mahabir of Singapore in both events. Okadome also participated in three relays, swimming legs on the boys’ 4×100 free (49.80) and 4×100 medley (1:01.31 breast) and the mixed 4×100 medley (59.99 breast).
The 2023 NCAA-champion Golden Bears are putting together a stellar class of 2028, with verbal commitment so far from South Africa’s Pieter Coetze, #5 Lucca Battaglini, #7 Carter Lancaster, August Vetsch, Nick Mahabir, Thackston McMullan, Edward Huang, Freddy Klein, and Matthew Elliott.
Best LCM times:
- 100 breast – 1:00.70 (52.88)
- 200 breast – 2:12.19 (1:55.48)
Often thought of as a backstroke mecca, Cal went 1-2-3-6-7 in the 100 breast with Reece Whitley, Matthew Jensen, Liam Bell, Luke Rodarte, and Jacob Soderlund at the 2023 Pac-12 Championships. Whitney, Jason Louser, and Soderlund were also A finalists in the 200 breast.
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