Leo Kurucz (2023) Changes Commitment from Arizona State to Missouri

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A year after verbally committing to Arizona State University, Lee’s Summit West High School senior Leo Kurucz has changed his plans and will now stay in-state to swim and study at the University of Missouri.

“After lots of thought and consideration, I am proud to announce my commitment to the University of Missouri! I am very grateful for this opportunity and I’m confident that Mizzou is the best place for me to develop as a student and an athlete. M-I-Z!🐯”

Kurucz trains year-round with Tsunami Swim Team of K.C. and specializes mainly in freestyle. In the 15 months since his commitment to ASU, he has dropped just over 51 seconds in the SCY mile, 27.3 in the 1000, 6.5 in the 500, and 3.1 in the 200. Last summer, he improved his LCM 800 free by 24.1, his 400 by 11.7, and his 200 by 5 seconds. Most of his LCM bests came from the NCSA Summer Championship, where he finaled in the 100 free (24th), 200 free (11th), 400 free (24th), and 800 free (12th).

Best SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 15:36.12
  • 1000 free – 9:12.73
  • 500 free – 4:29.40
  • 200 free – 1:37.71
  • 100 free – 45.39

After placing second in the 100 free (45.77) and fourth in the 200 free (1:40.85) as a junior, Kurucz won the 200 free (1:37.71) and came in third in the 100 free (45.44) at the 2022 MSHSAA Class 2 Swimming and Diving State Championships his senior year. His 200 free time was the second-fastest in Missouri history.

Kurucz will suit up for the Tigers next fall with Alex Ochsenbein, Jaden Pospihil, John Watson, and Matthew Mortenson.

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1 year ago

Bro that is a L decommit😂

Reply to  Swimboy
1 year ago

😭 Hey dude

Reply to  Swimboy
1 year ago

Naw, smart move. That ASU roster is going to be stacked; way better to be with a program you can actually contribute too versus swimming exhibition.

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Gummy Shark
1 year ago

Staying close to home is beneficial for a lot of these young kids. Good luck to Leo!

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