Lewis Esterly Becomes First Public Swimming Commitment in the Class of 2025

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 10

September 08th, 2023 College

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The commitments for the high school class of 2025 have begun. Less than three months after coaches were allowed to first make formal contact with rising high school juniors, Lewis Esterly has kicked off the action with a verbal commitment announcement to the United States Military Academy at West Point, better known athletically as Army-West Point.

This is the second-straight year in which future Army-West Point cadets have kicked off the activity. Last year, it was a pair of female swimmers Haldey King and Campbell Payton.

Army-West Point commits are a bit unique in that the process from interest to enrollment is more complicated and often comes with more pitfalls and change-of-commitments than many programs.

None-the-less, Esterly has opened the gates for the class about 10 days earlier than last year’s was opened.

Esterly said in his announcement:

“I am grateful to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career at the United States Military Academy. Thank you to all the coaches and mentors who have helped me achieve this goal. It is an honor to uphold my family’s tradition of military service and to follow in my sister Erica’s footsteps at West Point. I look forward to being a part of the Long Gray Line.”

Esterly’s father Brian is a US Marine Corps veteran. His older sister Margaret is committed to begin training at Drexel this fall, while his older sister Erica is a rising senior on the swim team at Army who will graduate before Lewis arrives.

His mother Rose is the president of the West Point Parent Parents Club of Arizona.

Lewis Esterley is from Scottsdale, Arizona and trains with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club. Last fall, he finished 4th in the 100 fly (50.18) and 6th in the 50 free (21.22) at the Arizona High School Division I State Championship meet (big schools).

He is also a former Arizona age group champion in long course in the 400 free in 2019.

Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 21.02
  • 100 free – 46.41
  • 200 free – 1:42.38
  • 500 free – 4:46.25
  • 100 fly – 49.42
  • 200 fly – 1:50.61

The Army men had a breakthrough 2022-2023 season, beating their rivals Navy 189-111 in a dual meet, their first such win since 1990, and came within 10 points of disrupting the Midshipmens’ perfect 19-year streak at the Patriot League Championships.

The sprint freestyles were a strength of that Army effort and project to continue to be when Esterley arrives in two years’ time: sophomore Owen Harlow was 3rd at Patriots in 19.98 and freshman Ben Vorthmann was 4th in 20.14.

The team put forth less depth in the butterfly races, including just one scorer in the 200 fly: sophomore Jack Pogue (1:48.25), who placed 6th.

While three seasons before his first Patriot League Championship offers a long timeline for Esterly to develop, his best time in the 200 fly would have placed 11th at Patriots last season.

Esterly attends Pinnacle High School in Phoenix.

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Joey Morgan
14 days ago

Congrats Lewis!

14 days ago

Congrats it’s quite an honor to be accepted at any of the academies. Thank you for your service and enjoy your locks for a little longer.

14 days ago

Is there a specific reason it’s been the Army two years in a row or is it just by chance?

Go Army
Reply to  Shaddy419
14 days ago

Because it’s awesome

HOO love
Reply to  Shaddy419
14 days ago

I would guess he likely knew he wanted to go to West Point before recruiting even began.

I don’t think many people who go to the academies haven’t seriously considered it prior to recruitment whereas with a regular college, student athletes might look closer at a school they weren’t initially considering after the school reaches out and says they’re interested.

14 days ago

Congratulations Lewis! Love you bro you’re gonna do great man. Go Army Beat Navy!✌

14 days ago

They got two commits this week
Kicked it off with a double again

14 days ago

Shouldn’t it be “Go Army, beat Navy”

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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