Men’s NCAA Transfer Portal Roundup: NCAA D2 Champ Spencer Daily Heads To Cal

There have been a number of entries into the NCAA transfer portal of late, with the majority of swimmers and divers pursuing options for next season, though some are looking to change schools imminently.

The list of men’s swimmers includes 2022 ACC ‘A’ finalist Flynn Crisci, 2020 NCAA Division II champion Spencer Daily, 2022 Patriot League champion Evan Yoo and 2021 Pac-12 finalist Jack Kirby.

Flynn Crisci, Pitt

Crisci, a senior at Pitt, finished eighth in the men’s 100 breast at the 2022 ACC Championships, and swam a best time of 52.45 at the WVU Last Chance Invite last season, just 25 one-hundredths off the NCAA cutline.

Crisci’s Best Times:

  • 100 breast – 52.45
  • 200 breast – 1:58.39
  • 200 IM – 1:46.71
  • 50 free – 20.01
  • 100 free – 44.53

Crisci told SwimSwam that he’s pursuing his options for next season and will finish the year out with the Panthers. He plans on pursuing a Masters of Finance in grad school.

Spencer Daily, UC San Diego

Daily is set to join the Cal Bears for the second semester this season and will be enrolled in a graduate program.

Daily, who is from the Bay Area (Danville, Calif.), swam four years at UC San Diego and is looking forward to having the opportunity to qualify for the Division I NCAA Championships after he was unable to last year as the program was going through the one-year probation period as it moved up from D2 to D1.

“I was drawn to Cal because of the excellence of their program and their performance at NCAAs last year,” Daily said. “I want to be surrounded by talented and hard-working athletes who share the same goals and push each other to be the best team and individual they can be.

“I believe that my time there will elevate me to a level that I haven’t reached before as an athlete and individual.”

Daily was the NCAA Division II champion in 2020 in the men’s 50 free, swimming a personal best time of 19.58. That sits just three-tenths shy of last season’s D1 cutline (19.28).

He added that going to Cal “will give me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make it to NCAAs with an amazing team.”

Daily’s Best Times:

  • 50 free – 19.58
  • 100 free – 43.42
  • 100 fly – 46.75

At the 2022 MPSF Championships, Daily finished second in the 100 fly (47.13), third in the 50 free (20.02) and fifth in the 100 free (43.95).

Evan Yoo, Army West Point

Yoo, a sophomore this season at Army West Point, said that he’s finishing out this semester and then plans on transferring programs.

Yoo, who is currently studying economics, said that most importantly he just wants to “explore my options to find which program I can pursue my swimming career.”

As a freshman, Yoo won the 2022 Patriot League Championship title in the men’s 200 breaststroke (1:55.27), and also placed third in the 200 IM (1:46.20) and 400 IM (3:48.75).

Yoo’s Best Times:

  • 100 breast – 53.23
  • 200 breast – 1:54.98
  • 200 IM – 1:46.15
  • 400 IM – 3:48.75

After a pair of ‘A’ final appearances in the breaststroke events at the Wolfpack Invite in November, Yoo is coming off of setting best times in the 100 breast (53.23) and 200 breast (1:54.98) at Army’s dual meet against Navy on Dec. 2.

Jack Kirby, USC

Kirby swam the past three seasons with USC, and told SwimSwam he’s currently exploring options for next year. He is not listed on the Trojan roster this season.

A native of Barbados, Kirby has represented the country at the last two Long Course World Championships, and has recorded top-10 finishes at the Pac-12 Championships in each of the past three seasons. This past March, he finished 10th in the 200 back.

Kirby’s Best Times:

  • 100 back – 46.38
  • 200 back – 1:41.63
  • 50 free – 20.25
  • 100 free – 44.45

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2 months ago

Something going on at usc with all these transfers

2 months ago

Yoo is still very young. It’s interesting seeing someone from the service academies intending to transfer… what a steal

2 months ago

Dear potential transfer athletes,

You’ve heard it all about SMU and the sunny skies of Dallas.

But when is the last time LeBron came home to Dallas and brought them a championship?

Come home to the Land and join the Spartans of Case Western Reserve University.

Tea rex
2 months ago

Any word on River Wright? Retired?

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Tea rex
2 months ago

Thought he had started the season at Michigan did he not?

Reply to  Grant Drukker
2 months ago

He did not return to Michigan. I’ve seen him chillin at home with the fam

Popovici 1:39.99
2 months ago

I wonder why Kirby isn’t competing for USC this year. Times like those are right on the cusp of NCAA-invites and lord knows the Trojans’ failing men’s team could use the help. Their medley relay at Art Adamson had :47-leadoffs in both prelims and finals and the top 2back swimmer was 1:43-high. Given how big of a hit USC’s free relays took he could have probably offered a helping on the 4FR-R. Unrelated to the rest of this comment but I wonder what the protocol for military academy transfers is… we don’t see too many of those. Does Yoo have to pay for the 3 semesters he did at West Point?

Last edited 2 months ago by Popovici 1:39.99
Reply to  Popovici 1:39.99
2 months ago

Answer to your 2nd part – no, he does not have too

2 months ago

I forgot he was one of the few winners from 2020 at NCAA‘s that had the brief opportunity to race. In anyway congrats

Gummy Shark
2 months ago

That’s it. Cal just won the NCAA championship.

Reply to  Gummy Shark
2 months ago

I bet they do win but a 19.5/43.4 is far from a game changer at that level

James Beam
2 months ago

who’s rooting for Daily to be on a winning relay at NCAA’s for Cal?!! I’m thinking that would make him the first D2-D1 National Champ? Feel free to chime in if I am incorrect….

Reply to  James Beam
2 months ago

Would be cool, but he’ll likely have to make a decent size drop in a pretty short time to make the 200FR (400 is out of reach) and then they have to beat Florida and NC State (maybe even Tennessee?), which is possible but not exceedingly likely. His current best, if it equates to 19.0, isn’t going to cut it for the title and he’ll have to beat out guys like Bell, Hanson, and Rose for the spot.

James Beam
Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

ah man, you are right…but would be neat to see. Too bad he only has a semester…

Reply to  James Beam
2 months ago

I mean it’s not impossible; guys like Maxine Rooney, Alvin Jiang, and Scott Spain all saw big impacts from Texas training within a few months of moving there, and Cal’s had a decent amount success with transfers (though not always). But yeah one semester in his fifth year is a tall order.

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

Id argue Rooney was still caring over his Florida training when he had his big breakout at the US open. Because the years after he was never able to reclaim that training at texas.

Reply to  Grant Drukker
2 months ago

Also… Covid interrupted?

Jack Spitser
Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

He went 18.5 on a relay 2 or 3 times

Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

Can’t rule out ASU or Virginia either, this is an absolutely stacked event

Reply to  James Beam
2 months ago

Matt Josa transferred from Queens (D2) and then got 2nd on one of the relays with Cal.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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