Kimani Gregory Becomes 5th Member of our 2019 Top-20 List to Verbal to NC State

Kimani Gregory, who made Honorable Mention on our list of the top 20 high school recruits from the class of 2019, has verbally committed to swim for North Carolina State University in the class of 2023, where he will joing #5 Ross Dant, #12 Noah Bowers, #14 Noah Henderson, and HM Hunter Tapp.

Gregory is a junior at Pittsburgh’s Penn Hills High School. He does his club swimming with Racer X Aquatics under head coach Jim Skirboll. A NISCA All-American, he finished second in the 100 fly (48.03) and third in the 100 free (43.76) at the 2018 PIAA Boys 3A Swimming & Diving Championships. In addition to free and fly, Gregory excels in a broad range of events. He has been on a steady progression curve over the last four years, and now boasts national time standards in free, back, breast, and fly.

Since the start of his junior year, Gregory has achieved lifetime bests in the SCY 50/100/200/500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM, and the LCM 50/100/200 free, 50 breast, and 50/100 fly. His progressions in SCY include:

  2015 2016 2017 2018
50 free 21.56 21.36 20.82 20.45
100 free 47.4 46.97 44.57 43.76
100 back 54.42 54.89 53.55 49.86
100 breast 1:00.29 59.73 58.97 57.17
100 fly 51.33 51.22 50.17 48.03
200 fly 2:05.45 2:00.24 1:51.55
200 IM 1:58.71 1:57.10 2:01.29 1:53.31

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3 years ago

east coast best coast

3 years ago

east coast *beast coast

Any Mouse
3 years ago

Pretty impressive how good nc state has been without landing a single one of swim swam’s top 20 recruits until this 2019 class. (Though they clearly have brought in some good talent, just not to the caliber of other top 5 programs). It will be interesting to see what they are able to do with top tier recruits, and if this recruitment level continues.

3 years ago

Great pickup for State! They actually had 3 in 24 hours and then added another one within the last 24 hours. Curious to see who is next!!!

Reply to  FLwolfpack
3 years ago

It’s dean Farris!!!!

Reply to  Jimbo
3 years ago


3 years ago

At 20.4 and 43.7 for the freestyle, he’s either overdue for a drop in the 50 or he’s got a beastly 200 in him.

On the same note, looking at his 100 times, there’s no way he should be 1:53 in the IM. Let him swim it at a taper meet, coach!

Reply to  sven
3 years ago

I think it’s the opposite. He doesn’t seem to have middistance speed in him. 151 2fly is not anywhere in the realm of 48 1fly… I’m thinking he is a speed demon but hasn’t put together a good enough 50 yet.

Reply to  Swimclh
3 years ago

he’s dropped 1.11s in the 50 and 3.64 in the 100. Definitely has a lot of raw speed and is probably due for a sub 20 before he gets there

3 years ago


3 years ago

A great pick-up no doubt, but I find it weird to have a headline of “Kimani Gregory Becomes 5th Member of our 2019 Top-20 to Verbal to NC S” when he wasn’t in the top 20. So there are 25 swimmers in the top 20 these days- Grade inflation!! I know the article then mentions he was honorable mention.

2 Cents
3 years ago

Not to mention they are counting another HM in that group… so its 3 in top 20, but 5 in the top 25… which is still incredible… just dont over inflate.

3 years ago

Can’t wait to watch him swim for the Pack! Congrats Kimani!

Wolf fan
3 years ago


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