Justin Lynch, the second-highest ranked swimmer who remained a mystery headed into signing week, has verbally committed to the Cal Golden Bears.
With the addition of the senior from the Terrapins Swim Team, Cal, who got off to a bit of a slow recruiting start, makes a strong case for the number-one class in the country, even without landing Joseph Schooling or Caeleb Dressel.
In yards, Lynch’s bests are 47.27 and 1:45.18 in the 100 and 200, and also flat-starts 20.5/45.1/1:49.6 in the 50/100/200 yard freestyles.
As good as he is in yards, he’s even better in long course, where he’s a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team. He’s been 52.7 and 1:57.8 in the butterfly races in a 50 meter pool. That 100 meter fly over the summer broke Michael Phelps’ National Age Group Record for 15-16’s in the race. He also holds the mark for 13-14’s.
Lynch was ranked as the #9 commitment in our class of 2014, though if his yards swims were near the level of his meters swims, he’d be in the top 5 easily.
Caeleb Dressel is the only member of our top 20 who remains uncommitted; he’s expected to make a decision after visiting Florida this weekend.