Kyle Gornay Verbally Commits to Cal

Kyle Gornay from the Redlands Swim Team in California has verbally committed to swim for Dave Durden’s Cal Bears beginning in the fall of 2014.

Aside from Caeleb Dressel, Gornay was the biggest name left on the board in the class, with fellow Californians Corey Okubo and Justin Lynch being the only other super-elite Americans left on the board.

Gornay can do a little bit of everything. His best times in yards are:

  • 50 free – 20.66
  • 100 free – 43.89
  • 200 free – 1:34.99
  • 100 back – 47.04
  • 200 back – 1:44.57
  • 100 fly – 46.83
  • 200 fly – 1:49.45
  • 200 IM – 1:47.49

Gornay has very much the feel of a Tom Shields type of swimmer. Great backstroker, better butterflier, and underrated, but still highly effective, as a freestyle relay swimmer. He’s another swimmer in the class that has every opportunity to step onto Cal’s 800 free relay, as a freshman (along with Kyle Coan), at least, as well as score individually at NCAA’s. The 100 fly and 100 back races are about to get a lot stiffer at NCAA’s in the next few years, but Gornay based on last years times would have been within half-a-second in finaling at NCAA’s in both races.

There’s been some questions about Cal’s recruiting class, and though it seems they’ll miss out on the big two from Bolles, it’s far from a disappointment. As the names really start to pile up, though, it’s clear how good this class really is.

  • Kyle Coan
  • Connor Green
  • Ryan Kao
  • Matt Whittle
  • Connor Hoppe
  • Nick Silverthorn
  • Zach Stevens
  • Kyle Gornay

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Typo: It should be 43.89 for the 100 Free and not 53.89.

When you say “though it seems they’ll miss out on the big two from Cal,” are you referring to Lynch and Okubo?

Southern California has not gotten a single verbal I don’t think… just seems odd.

Also, Arizona is not recruiting well for the type of talent they are losing this year. If they don’t do something soon, they won’t be in the top 5 in years to come.

That’s a heck of a recruiting class.


And every single one of those recruits are from California. I wonder how much scholarship money they actually gave out…

Michigan only has 1 top recruit in Nick Arakelian and if history repeats itself, he won’t be going to Michigan (see Clay Youngquist and Will Hamilton).


Close, almost all of them. Connor Green is from MA/Blue Fish… Good point though. Cal did well with in-state swimmers. Where do you think Arakelian is headed?


M_Fan- Don’t worry, trust your coach. He doesn’t seem to have any trouble finding and developing talent. You were right about Arakelian though.


this just made my day

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