Lleyton Plattel, Fastest 13-14 Miler Since Vassallo, Verbals to ASU

Lleyton Plattel of the Pleasanton Seahawks in California has verbally committed to Arizona State’s class of 2024. He is currently a high school junior.

Plattel is one of the best distance swimmers in age group history. In the summer of 2017, swimming at the US National Championships, he registered times of 8:09.74 in the 800m free and 15:35.36 in the 1500m free. That shot him to #2 in both races in 13-14 age group history, and he’s the fastest miler in the 13-14 age group since Jesse Vassallo, whose 15:31.03 from 1976 is still the 13-14 U.S. NAG record. Vassallo went on to break world records and was a 1984 Olympian.

Along with Vassallo, Andrew Abruzzo, and Michael Phelps, Plattel is one of just four people to have ever broken 15:40 in the long course mile in the 13-14 age group.

I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to Arizona State University. From the moment I set foot on ASU’s campus, I instantly felt at home. The swim team provides an incredible environment to excel in both academics and swimming. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to become part of the Sun Devil family! Go Sun Devils!


  • 500y free – 4:24.63
  • 1000y free – 9:15.81
  • 1650y free – 15:22.63
  • 200m free – 1:51.91
  • 400m free – 3:56.69
  • 800m free – 8:08.99
  • 1500m free – 15:29.71

Representing Amador Valley High School at the 2018 CIF State Championships, Plattel placed 4th in the 500 free. He is set to join Will Rose, an Ohio sprinter who committed to the Sun Devils in September of 2017 at the beginning of his sophomore year of high school, in ASU’s class of 2024.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best and a quote to [email protected].

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4 years ago

Might want to check the listed 100y free time, a confused snail could make that time.

Reply to  Fiveos
4 years ago

Thanks for changing that from 100y to 1000y

4 years ago

Wonder if he will transfer to IU lol

4 years ago

Pretty sure Jesse Vassallo didn’t train USRPT…

Reply to  Really
4 years ago

Pretty sure Lleyton Plattel doesn’t either

4 years ago

Phelps?? Swimming THE MILE??

Reply to  swimmerTX
4 years ago

Fun fact he held the American record in the 400 Free. Absolute distance monster.

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  jmanswimfan
4 years ago

Bowman once had him do a 10,000 for time in practice. He averaged about 9:20 per thousand.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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