Longhorns Pull in Verbal from In-state Breaststroker/IMer Braden Vines

Braden Vines from Midland, Texas, has announced via social media his verbal commitment to swim for the University of Texas beginning in the 2018-19 season.

“So excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim with some of the world’s best at the University of Texas!! Hook ’em!!???”

Vines swims for Midland High School and City Of Midland Swim Team. A versatile IMer, the West Texas swimmer has finished fifth or better in the 200 IM at the UIL 6A State Meet, in each of his three years of high school swimming. At the 2017 UIL 6A Swimming & Diving State Meet he took fifth in the 200 IM with 1:49.77 (he was fourth in both his freshman and sophomore years) and third in the 100 breast (56.32). Swimming for his club team two weeks later at the American Short Course Championships, Vines scored PBs in the 100/200 free, 200 breast, and 200/400 IM, landing in the A finals of the 200 breast and 200/400 IM.

This summer he had an outstanding long course season, garnering lifetime bests in the 400 free and 50 back at Austin Sectionals in July, and in the 100/200 breast and 200 IM at Summer Junior Nationals. He competed at Juniors in the 100/200 breast, 200 fly, and 200/400 IM, placing 4th in the 200 IM and 13th in the 400 IM.

Top SCY times:

  • 100 breast – 56.09
  • 200 breast – 2:00.65
  • 200 IM – 1:49.24
  • 400 IM – 3:53.10
  • 100 free – 46.70
  • 200 free – 1:40.83

Vines’ futures teammates from the University of Texas class of 2022 will be verbal commits Alex Zettle, Charlie Scheinfeld, Daniel Krueger, Drew Kibler, Jason Park, and Matthew Willenbring.

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Very nice skill set. Interesting that even though they don’t get absolute top-tier breaststroke recruits Texas still brings in developable breaststroke talent

Steve Swims

Eddie Reese will coach him up nicely. I bet he’ll be down to a 51.00 in the 100 BR after his first year. #Hook’em horns!


56 to 51 in one year, idk bout that!! Maybe a 54 low 53 though.

Steve Swims

54 low or even a 53 won’t score at NCAAs though. Braden is going to have to train hard and get down to at least a 51.9 by the end of this year if we want to see a Texas 4 peat, which I think we all want to see.

j pine

He’s not swimming for Texas in the 2017-2018 season…What does his times have to do with their 4-peat

Swimming Fan

Braden’s best event is the 400IM and next is the 200IM. However, he has really been developing his breaststroke over the last 2 years so we’ll see where Eddie can take it. He’s better at the 200BR than the 100BR so he may never be the medley relay link UT needs.


He already goes a 54.00

Speed Racer

Stop day drinking for one. And second this makes me think Daniel Roy is a NO.


Don’t be silly, Licon is a once in a lifetime talent


My guess is that Eddie was hoping he’d get Callan and when Callan announced that he’s going to Michigan that opened up money that went to Braden Vines and Aitor Fungairino. That’s a total guess, though.
Daniel Roy would be a huge pickup for the Longhorns and would likely thrive at Texas. Unfortunately, I think he’s leaning elsewhere, but I hope I’m wrong.

Go Bearcats

Random but Daniel Roy’s best 100 br is a 54.1 and took out his best 200 br (1:54) in 54.7? Insane!


I doubt that money reserved for Callan ended up going to Vines and Fungairino… based on the talent in their recruiting class and roster at large, those two guys probably aren’t on athletic scholarship or are getting small amounts.


Fungairino is a 1:50. LC freestyler so he’s in line for some money, I’d guess..


Yards speak louder than meters

A&M Swim Fan

Bet you’re right! Wouldn’t think there is much (if any) money left for these guys after looking at the verbal commitments before them.

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