Kentucky Breaststroker Michael Hampel Commits to Louisville

Michael Hampel of Owensboro, Kentucky has made a verbal commitment to swim for the University of Louisville beginning with the 2017-18 season.

The Owensboro Catholic High School senior was the 2016 Kentucky High School Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships runner-up in the 100 breast (56.41) and sixth-place finisher in the 200 IM (1:53.70). He also split a 24.18 breast on Owensboro Catholic’s 200 medley relay and anchored their 400 free relay in 46.88.

Hampel’s year-round team is the Owensboro Marlins, with whom he had a strong long-course season, culminating in a gold medal in the men’s 100 meter breaststroke at the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Atlanta at the beginning of August 2016. Hampel was runner-up in the 200 breast, just .45 away from victory, and was a C-finalist in the 200 IM; he achieved PBs in all three events. Two weeks earlier he won both the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes at the Kentucky 13-and-Over Long Course State Championships, and had earned new times in the 50/100/400/1500 freestyles. His top times include:

100 breast 56.30 1:04.07
200 breast 2:03.67 2:21.90
200 IM 1:53.70 2:10.69
50 free 21.92 24.89
100 free 47.94 54.16
200 free 1:45.35 1:57.78

Hampel will join fellow-commit Nick Albiero in the Louisville class of 2021. Albiero congratulated his friend with the following tweet:

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email to [email protected]

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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