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Louisville, Kentucky’s Jackson Mussler has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky Wildcats for the 2021-22 season and beyond.
“I’m extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Kentucky. I’d like to thank my coaches, family, and friends who have supported me throughout the process. I can’t wait to be a part of BBN. #catsby90”
A junior at Louisville’s St. Xavier High School, Mussler is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American who specializes in butterfly and backstroke. At the recent Kentucky High School Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships, he finished 3rd in the 100 fly (49.33) and 4th in the 100 back (50.86) and swam a leg (19.99) on the state-champion 200 free relay.
In club swimming, where he represents Lakeside Swim Team, Mussler is a Winter U.S. Open qualifier in the 200 back and 200 fly. After earning PBs in the 100 fly and 100 back in high school season, he picked up lifetime bests in the 50/200 free, 200 back and 200 fly at Southern Premier in March. He swam the 100/200 back and 100/200 fly at 2019 Winter Juniors East and finaled in the 200 fly (20th). Last summer he competed at Speedo Junior Nationals in the 100/200 back and 200 fly and came in 22nd in the 200 back. He went best times in the 200 back (2:04.85) and 200 fly (2:05.10).
Top SCY times:
- 200 back – 1:46.17
- 100 back – 50.06
- 50 back – 23.57
- 200 fly – 1:47.92
- 100 fly – 49.33
- 200 free – 1:41.28
- 100 free – 48.84
- 50 free – 21.49
Mussler’s best SCY times would have put him in the top-5 on the Wildcats’ squad in 2019-20 in the 200 back and 200 fly. He will overlap one year with Mason Wilby, Kentucky’s top flyer, and two with John-Michael Gordon and Tim Ellett, the fastest returning backstrokers.
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