Men’s Recruiting Season Opens – Top 10 in the Class

  106 Braden Keith | July 09th, 2012 | College, Featured, News

With the recruiting season opening on July 1st, we’re giving quick primers to the top 10 recruits on both the men’s and the women’s side of the class of 2013. We’ve already run-down the women, now it’s time to look at the men.

While working through the women’s class, we highlighted those swimmers who had qualified for the Olympic Trials. While this is an impressive feat for a female swimmer, earning a spot in Omaha, or even better a spot in a semi-final or final, for a high school swimmer is significantly rarer. That’s because male swimmers tend to develop later than females. That also means that there’s always much more uncertainty about which men’s recruits will pan out and which won’t.

But there’s two in this class, both of whom made Olympic Trials finals, that stand out miles above the rest: Jack Conger and Ryan Murphy. The buzz around the country is that college coaches view these two as “once-a-decade” type recruits, and that coaches are going to pull out all of the stops to not only land one of these, but possibly both of them. Every top-10 program in the country made sure they’d have two scholarships open this year.

Schools who could expect to make big moves in this class include Texas and Arizona, both of whom will have a ton of scholarship money to give out. After a 2012 class that overall was not as strong as the two that bookended it, these programs brought in small groups last year despite losing a lot to graduation. If one program can land the double, that team will automatically become a strong contender for the next four NCAA Championships.

This class could also see a continued shift of talent away from the Pac-12 and toward the SEC, ACC, and Big Ten that we saw start last season with Georgia’s huge recruiting class. Out of CollegeSwimming.com’s top 13 rated athletes in the class, just 4 come from the western US (specifically Colorado and California), with the resting being Midwest or East Coast swimmers – including Conger and Murphy. If they decide to stay east, it could forebear a small rebalancing in power on the men’s side of the sport.

Here’s the best recruits in the class.

Top 10 Men’s Recruits

1. Jack Conger, Good Counsel High/Rockville-Mongtomery, Maryland– It’s hard to discern between the top two on this list. They’re both tall kids; Conger has an inch or two on Murphy, but no major edge gained by either in build. They’re both phenomenal backstrokers. But the edge goes to Conger because of his versatility. Nobody else in this class (or the last few classes) has come out of high school with the same depth of events as Conger has. A 19.8 in the 50 free and a 4:17 in the 500. A 46.9 in the 100 back and a 47.1 in the 100 fly. Sure he’s only been a 1:53 in the 200 IM, but that was when he was 14. Conger is a convergence of being a superstar in his best events, with being able to fill almost any role that a team needs (outside of breaststroke, really). The Cal Bears have done very well with that type of swimmer in the past (Tom Shields, to some extent Mathias Gydesen).

  • 100 y back (46.98)
  • 200 y back (1:40.41)
  • 100 y fly (47.19)
  • 50 y free (19.85)
  • 100 y free (44.06)
  • 500 y free (4:17.51)
  • 200 y free (1:35.25)

2. Ryan Murphy, Bolles, Florida – Murphy’s exploits from this summer are well-told. He beat Ryan Lochte head-to-head in a 200 backstroke. He shattered Aaron Peirsol’s 100 back NAG Record at least a half-dozen times. Those who have watched him swim say that he’s the real-deal, not an age group flameout. He’s already got impressive musculature for a high schooler.In short, whoever signs Murphy is signing a swimmer who will likely leave a legacy at the program he goes to. He’s pretty good beyond the backstrokes (especially as an IM’er), but not quite to the extent that Conger is. We might see a bit more from those other events in his senior season, though, not that the Olympics have passed.

  • 100 y back (46.72)
  • 200 y back (1:40.90)
  • 200 y IM (1:45.77)
  • 50 y free (20.02)
  • 100 y free (44.15)
  • 200 y free (1:36.34)
  • 100 y fly (48.74)

3. Steven Stumph, Campolindo High/Orinda Aquatics, California – After a very good crop of breaststroke in the fall, this year’s class is a bit thinner than was the class of 2012 in that department. But Steven Stumph is a clear standout at the top of the class, with a 54.06 to win the North Coast Section Meet and set a new record. In that same meet, he swam a 1:47.52 in the 200 IM as well, which ranks him near the top of the class too. Stumph will be on the old end of this class – he had already hit his 18th birthday by the time he finished his junior season – but that’s much less of a concern for men than it is women. Expect a lot of coaches to make a stop in Campolindo this summer, with Stumph’s high school teammate Sven Campbell standing as a highly-rated spriter (20.23, 44.22).

  • 100 y breast (54.06)
  • 200 y breast (1:57.00)
  • 200 y IM (1:47.52)

4. Renny Richmond, Seabury Hall/Lahaina Swim Club, Hawaii – Never heard of Renny Richmond? Despite being the defending Junior National Champion in the 100 fly, he doesn’t come up much in conversation. The junior from Hawaii swam a 47.09 in that race in December, which at the time was an excrutiating .01 from the National High School Record (though it was in club, not high school, competition). This year, he could become only the 2nd swimmer to ever mark a 46 in high school competition if he has even a small improvement. He’s an above-average freestyler as well, which could make him a four-relay guy by his freshman or sophomore years, depending on where he ends up.

  • 100 y fly (47.09)
  • 50 y free (20.45)
  • 100 y free (45.12)
  • 200 y free (1:37.95)

5. Reed Malone, New Trier, Illinois – Malone had his National coming out party at this year’s NCSA Junior Nationals, where he won medals in a large handful of events. His best events, as a high schooler, have been the freestyles, where he can range from the 100 to the 1650 (and probably has a good 50, but didn’t swim it in his breakout junior season). His best race at this point appears to be the 500, where he was just two seconds behind Stanford-bound Danny Thompson at last year’s Illinois State Meet. But he seems to have a lot of untapped potential – he stepped up for a 48 in the 100 fly, and a 1:48 in the 200 IM as well. I think that when all is said-and-done, that Malone could be a bit of a gem in this class. He seems like he might be a fantastic fit for a Big Ten program like Michigan, though he hasn’t made any public indications of where he’s visiting. This program has also sent a lot of swimmers to small private colleges in the East, so don’t be surprised if he goes Ivy League either.

  • 500 y free (4:19.39)
  • 200 y free (1:37.72)
  • 100 y free (44.67)
  • 100 y fly (48.73)
  • 200 y IM (1:48.35)

Next Best 5.

Kyle Darmody, SwimMAC/Providence – This SwimMAC product is every bit as good as older brother Kip (Texas) was after his junior year, with sprint free bests of 20.22 and 44.19. He’s not quite as good of a backstroker, but has huge relay value as a freshman.

Matthew Josa, SwimMAC – Josa is home schooled, but Darmody’s SwimMAC teammate is an extremely raw talent. In the last y18 months that he’s spent training in Charlotte, he’s gone from just a sprint freestyler (20.68 in the 50 free) to a great all-around swimmer (48.10 in the 100 back, 48.5 in the 100 fly, 1:47.88 in the 200 IM). When he was 14, he was just a 1:57 in the 200 IM, which put him outside of the top 20 for his age group; now he’s ranked 2nd.

Erik Risolvato, Shawnee High – The Ohio product doesn’t have great size (5’11) for a sprinter, but with a 19.6 in the 50 and 44.0 in the 100 free already, he’s still got a lot of value to many college programs and is one of the fastest high school sprinters we’ve ever seen.

Clark Smith, Regis Jesuit/Denver Swim Academy – Smith is the head of a great Colorado boys class this year. He’s been 47.73 in the 100 fly, plus 20.5/44.8/1:37.4 in the short freestyles. He had his best yards meet of his junior year at the Winter Juniors, so he can surely get all of those times lower as a senior. He’s huge, and both of his parents (John Smith and the former Tori Trees) swam at Texas, so that’s a good bet for where he’ll end up.

Evan Pinion, Bearden High School/Pilot Aquatic Club – As a distance swimmer, Pinion doesn’t have the same limitless value as many of the others we’ve mentioned. Still, with many of his best yards free times coming during his sophomore year (4:18.88/15:02.07) he’s already All-American worthy. A 1:38.0 in the 200 free says that he can swim at least one relay, and is already a Junior World Champion. Those credentials can’t be ignored.

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  1. bobo gigi says:
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    When I see Jack Conger I see a little of Yannick Agnel a few years ago. No muscles, tall. He’s a great backstroker but he could have a big future on freestyle too. It’s just an impression. I think he isn’t a finished product and when he’ll have more strength he’ll swim much faster.
    For Ryan Murphy nothing to say. He’s the future king of backstroke. Next year he’ll probably qualify for the world championships and his reign will begin.

    • Bubbles says:
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      Bobo… Murphy will be worth much more than backstroke when he gets to college.

      • ZYNG43 says:
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        if Murphy and Conger train together, Ryan will likely improve in his other events. I bet he has focused mainly on backstroke this past year… lets see what he can do next spring in the yards pool

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Why do you want he becomes an all-around swimmer? It’s better to dominate in one stroke than to be only good in all strokes. And for me he’ll dominate backstroke during many years like Aaron Peirsol has made it.

    • Lauren N says:
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      Bobo gigi… what is your input on where the guys should go? I enjoy reading your input

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Thank you but I’m not a specialist of NCAA. I’m not american and I’m a little less interested on college swimming even if I appreciate it. I have more a long course view with predictions about world championships and olympic games. If you want an answer I’d say Ryan Murphy should go to Florida. And for Jack Conger I don’t know. It’s a little different for him because I’m sure he could become a fantastic freestyler. Look at him! He is tall and he has no muscles! One or two years in the weight room and I’m sure he can swim 1.45 in the 200 free. So you have to find him the better place to improve his freestyle.
        Just some questions of a swimming fan who isn’t american. Has a fast american young swimmer to go to college to continue his career and to continue to improve? Why doesn’t he continue in his club like in most of other countries? Are there just financial reasons? No because someone like Missy could earn many dollars if she turned pro. But you will answer me she is special and is one of the few swimmers who could make that. You will answer me the average swimmer will have no sponsors and will be happy to have the college scholarship. I understand that but it’s just a question. There are Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff, Kate Ziegler or Chloe Sutton who didn’t go to college. Here in France the best swimmers are pro and have sponsors. Ok it’s just a little number but they stay with their clubs. I think there’s a risk to quit his environment, his training methods and his coach. It doesn’t work for everybody when I see David Nolan, Nicholas Caldwell, Carlos Omana, Kyle Whitaker or Clay Youngquist. They were the best american juniors 2 or 3 years ago and now they swim slower or don’t improve very much. We talked about Ryan Murphy. He’s in a great club with a great coach. Nobody is sure he will continue to improve so quickly in another place.
        I have been long but it was just an interrogation.

        • bobo gigi says:
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          Excuse me. I’m a little less interested in college swimming even if I appreciate it. My english continues to improve. And I like writing while America sleeps.

        • Lauren N says:
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          Of course in pushing for Ryan to go go FL… But that’s cause that’s where I’m from. I think he will do well and hope he picks UF. Dwyer and Beisel chose NCAA eligibility over going pro and they have done pretty well. That was never a decision I had to make though so not really sure. Personally I think it’s more fun to be a part of the team and improve together instead of going pro and mainly focusing on yourself. It’s an experience I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. Ryan probably needs some of the resources and workouts (dryland, trainers, nutritionist etc) that a college team can provide. Plus he needs to graduate from the high school environment and train with people who will really push him in practice. It’s common for freshman to struggle a little and adapt. Next year could be completely different for them. I know I had a hard time my first year but learned so much that make me feel like these next years will be my best

          • DCD3 says:
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            If they go to college on a scholarship, that can be a value of around $250,000 over 4 years, and they can leave with a degree. If they go pro, perhaps they can make that much, but post-swimming they would still probably want to pursue a degree for a future career.

            Only for someone like Missy is she realistically costing herself money by keeping her eligibility. For swimmers like Caldwell, Nolan, etc, it is not only swimming based but a sound financial decision.

  2. don says:
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    I remember 2 years ago when Texas looked like it was going to get Younquist, Darmody and Nolan.They got the first two and they were top recruits.

    Berens and Walters, they were game changers and Texas got both of them.

    I think 4 of the above 5 had the same high profile status and 4 out of 5 went to Texas:)

    • BigShark says:
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      Nolan should have picked Texas….

      • Josh says:
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        I think if Nolan were willing to do the work, Florida is where he should have gone. Backstrokes and IMs are their bread and butter events, and Troy knows what it would take to get him to 2016, but he’d have to be willing to do the work.

        • Big Shark says:
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          Good point… They did win 5/6 medals on the podium at SECs in the IM… But you really have to be ready for the work. Maybe they could develop conger and Murphy’s IM

        • BigShark says:
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          I think maybe auburn would have been better even

  3. John Sampson says:
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    I dont think that a college will get ryan murphy and jack conger together, but if they did they would be clear canidates for a run at the NCAA title.

    I forsee ryan murphy staying out east, and going somewhere like florida or georgia. Especially florida. he litterally is the next ryan lochte, ok i shouldnt compare them its unfair but look at his times in his best events, awesome backstroker&IMer, and outstanding freestyler. it just makes total sense. and everyone says hes a really strong kid, well look at the strength programs the gators go through. Im just saying its almost his destiny to end up a gator.

    Jack conger im not to sure, i can see him fitting in a lot of places, florida and texas or georgia specifically. Florida because in past interviews he has said how his team does a lot of yardage, which is exactly what the gator program does, and they do it very well. Texas could do great things with him, but im hesitant for him to go there just because as of late it doesnt seem like the recruits are developing like they used too. Georgia would be a great fit if he wanted to focus on his mid distance freestyles, and his 200 back would improve there too. Also the bulldogs seem to be transitioning the success on the womens side towards the men which has got to look atractive to recruits, Im just not sure there is a full ride availible at georgia which conger definatly deserves.

    IF cal got either one (or both) of these men it would be game over for the rest of the teams. Cal is definatly my wildcard pick for the two boys.

    Steve Stumph will probably end up at USC or Cal, the trojans would make alot of sense and they could use a few more sprint breaststrokers on the mens side.

    Reed Malone is a darkhorse in this class, he is definatly a rising star. I agree that he will most likely end up in the big Ten. In my opinion, Wisconsin has got to be in the mix. He training mate max grodecki is headed there and Reed reminds me alot of Michael Weiss who has just EXPLODED under whitney hite. That would be great for the badger program and could possibly get them in the mix for a high place finish at big-10s.

    • Ole 99 says:
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      All you need to know about Malone is that he goes to New Trier High School. I would project Stanford as the favorite, even without knowing the replacement for Skip Kenney.

    • profilename says:
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      Is Grodecki going to to Wisco? Looks like he is listed as a Mizzou recruit on collegeswimming. Could be a mistake though.

      • John Sampson says:
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        Maybe your right– as far as i know he signed on at madison in the fall. But maybe like whitney weisz he didnt get into the school (its actually a very very difficult school to get into). Thanks for the correction!

    • BigShark says:
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      I think Murphy and Conger would be good for eachother… and I agree with Murphy going to Florida of course… being biased.

      I don’t think Georgia is a great fit for Conger. I see him at FL or Texas… MAYBE Arizona. With his high yardage history FL would be a good pick for him, but Arizona is really good in the sprint department and he has a great 50 and 100 free as well as 100 200 back…

      Maybe Malone would do well at Texas too…

      • ZYNG43 says:
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        Why malone at Texas? I feel like he would be much more likely to go to Florida. I don’t think he will choose an ivy league. He will probably want to be part of a team contending for NCAAs. Auburn could develop his 100s and 200s

      • John Sampson says:
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        I hope he doesn’t end up at arizona..personally I hate the midseason taper, just because only a few actually improve at the end of the season then. Florida would be a great spot for conger considering he workload background. If I had to put my money on a college to score BOTH Ryan and jack it would be 1) Cal or 2) Florida.

        • Braden Keith says:
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          BUT here’s a question – not an answer just a question – for someone who has a huge workload background, can they benefit even more, having that base, going to a lower yardage, more racing specific program? Or does that make more sense AFTER college, when there’s even more of a training base in, for a guy?

          • don says:
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            That is an interesting question and I think it depends on when you want to peak. I have seen a lot of kids come from a background of high yardage, go to college with lower, more race specific yardage and have a good freshman year but don’t get the big drop at conference/NCAA’s. It’s like taper after 10 years of swimming lots of yardage.
            Then they get used to the new training and it works for some and they start to drop time again.
            Some of those big club programs though, like curl and rmsc do a lot of yardage, more than most college programs,and dryland and weights so its tough to know how much is left.Murphy and Conger are so talented they could go anywhere but for some of the others it would be interesting to look at how program changes effect performance.
            I am curious as to how Nolan, and Younquist do this year. If i rember correctly, they had very different per-college traning.

    • Chris says:
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      I wouldn’t compare Murphy and Lochte just yet… Lochte actually started out with the 200 fly.

  4. duckduckgoose says:
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    No mention of South African Bradley Tandy (rising sophomore at Indian River JC)? 19.06 and 42.76 are smokin’

    • Braden Keith says:
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      duckduckgoose – this list is focusing on high school seniors. Tandy, being much older than these guys, wouldn’t be a fair comparison.

      • duckduckgoose says:
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        Thanks for the clarification, Braden. Lots of Cal ties to Campolindo: Matt Biondi and Kristen Cunnane’s alma mater, Campo girl’s water polo coach (Kim Everist) is married to Cal men’s polo coach, Kirk Everist, and Moraga/Orinda may be the highest per capita Cal stakeholder enclaves on the planet.

      • coach t says:
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        i think he’s going to auburn

    • Lneidigh says:
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      What’s a guy like that doing in Junior College?!

  5. Bullddoze says:
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    Santo Condorelli should be mentioned. 50.6 LCM 100 free, 54.2 LCM 100 fly, 23.2 LCM 50 free, plus a solid 2im and 2 free. This guy will be even better yards.

  6. Kirt says:
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    Max Williamson, Young Tae Seo, and Sven Campbell should also be up there.

  7. Francis says:
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    I think that Mr. Keith did not include Williamson and Young Tae Seo in the top 10 because their relay value is very small. They mainly swim long distance events, like the 200 breast, 400 IM, etc. and while they are the best in the class at those events, they would be very limited points at a conference or NCAA meet. That being said, they are amazing swimmers and deserve all the praise in the world. Obviously they are talented and have extremely bright futures.

    However, I do think Mr. Keith left out some times of swimmers that would make their value go much higher. Kyle Darmody’s backstroke is killer and has a pretty good fly as well. 1:43 in the 200 back, 48.8 in the 100 back, and 1:46 in the 200 fly are not joke swims. He is a 51. in the 100 fly but with a 1:46 in the 200 I am guessing he can go much faster.

    I also don’t see Malone at an Ivy League school or Wisconsin for that matter. His best events are probably the 500 and 200, judging by his long course time in the 200, and everyone knows Eddie Reese is the best 200 freestyle coach in the country, if not the world. Florida could also be an option, seeing as Connor Dwyer, who is from the same area as Malone, did so well there.

    • Kirt says:
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      If you’re going off of Collegeswimming, Darmody’s times are all wrong except for the sprint frees, I think. Somehow his brother’s HS times got in his name.

    • Kirt says:
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      The relay argument is valid, but between Richmond and Seo, Richmond is really good in one event and maybe a sprint freestyle contributor, if the team has a serious hole (unlikely for wherever he’s going), while Seo is equally good in the 400IM but also really good in several others.

    • BigShark says:
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      Seo is versatile, can fill many gaps, and I thought he’d be on the list.

  8. DDias says:
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    Well talking about high school seniors, it looks like Auburn always have a thing from Brazilian sprinters, Pinheiros (Brazil) has Leonardo Palma Alcover, he is 18(this year) and already 50.40 and 22.91 in LCM.

  9. coach t says:
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    after watching ryan m swim for the last 10 years, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the next coming of ryan l! at a time trial at bolles this afternoon, after swimming nothing but long course backstroke for the last 6 months, ryan swam the 50 free in 23.2 and the 100 free in 51.3……unshaven and after a 7,000 meters workout in the morning. he has the great ability to do it in both short course and long course and i would bet he will become the 1st swimmer from this group to win an ncaa title (200 back as a freshman), make the olympic team and win some metals for the usa. ps…he’s 11 months younger then jack conger.

    • joeb says:
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      i agree about murphy. i just thought he would have been alot faster at Trials in his 200 back. a lot faster!!

      • coach t says:
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        i agree, we all thought he would go faster in the finals. he was feeling quite confident after semis and felt he had more for the finals. i’m sure he gained valuable experience and will be better for it the next time.

      • BigShark says:
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        he has more in the tank and I bet he will continue to improve on that next long course season

    • bobo gigi says:
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      It looks like you know very well Ryan Murphy and Bolles School Sharks. Can you have some words about his training partner Caeleb Dressel? Do you think he can become the next great american sprinter? He had impressed me last summer at the junior national championships in the 50 free and in the 100 free.

      • coach t says:
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        caeleb has incredible natural ability and has the potential to be a great sprinter and all-round swimmer. i think he will be about average size (parents not too tall), but look at anthony ervin! he trains on the opposite side of the pool (from murphy, schooling, d’alessandro, jenkins) with a younger group of swimmers and hasn’t quite embraced the concept of “hard training” yet (typical sprinter mentality?!?). but watch out when he does!! ps…i’m not a bolles coach but an enthusiastic swim dad with a coaches license!

        • bobo gigi says:
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          Thank you for the answer.

        • Kirt says:
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          Are the Bolles swimmers open about where they’re looking at?

          • LNeidigh says:
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            Sounds like this guy is a parent of a swimmer here… I think they are pretty open. The coach are really helpful with them narrowing down what they want to look at so they dont miss much of high school season

      • Bubbles says:
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        Dressel swims fast in the 200 fr as well as the 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 back, and 100 br. He owns several NAGs. really impressive 100 breast but of course best in sprint free

      • Bubbles says:
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        although… Im sure he isn’t a senior yet

  10. BigShark says:
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    I think Pinion would do well at Florida with the distance training. He could train with Caldwell, Signorin, Taylor, Omana, Solaeche and others

    • Bubbles says:
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      He might do well there. I don’t know if Pinion is really good at anything other than the 500 and 1650

    • joeb says:
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      Name a good 1500 or 800 from Florida, man or woman, in the last decade. They do a lot of yards or meters but haven’t really developed any world class milers! Just saying. I felt the same way when Frayler signed there. Elite milers aren’t really their thing!

      • Bubbles says:
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        I still think that training will be best for him. We will see when Frayler competes at NCAAs. Let’s not forget SIgnorin had a great freshman season and swims similar to Pinion

      • joeb says:
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        Michigan had 5 of top 9 at Trials in the men’s mile or Georgia who has the defending champion and NCAA record holder and Gemmell who won Trials….but Florida hasn’t had anyone for a while.

        • Bubbles says:
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          Didn’t say Michigan would be a bad pick at all. Just said FL wouldn’t be bad either

          • hschler says:
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            I have seen Pinion swim many times and I think he could pick up the 2 free and 2 back as well with the right training

      • John Sampson says:
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        PVK conor Dwyer and Elizabeth beisel could all be excellent milers, they are distance superstars. The problem is not that Florida doesn’t have any elite, it’s that Florida has a very versitile group that COULD be great world class milers, but they all are good in different events. Frayler will do great there. And Ryan Murphy belongs at Florida because he fits in with the versatility that Florida is so good with managing.

        • Kirt says:
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          That’s a little unfair to other schools to say that he “belongs” at Florida. Florida fans here seem to be implying that only Florida is good at training versatility and that any hard-working swimmer should go there because they will not be pushed in practice anywhere else. Murphy is good in 200 events, but he is also a very good sprinter, and you can’t argue that Florida is a top sprinting school.

          • John Sampson says:
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            I wasn’t implying that other schools can’t handle versatility, I guess I’m just a little biased seeing as I’m a huge gator fan. There are lots of schools (USC, Cal, Texas, virgina, etc etc) that do great with multiple-stroke swimmers. But the way I look at it, Ryan resembles Ryan lochte so much that I think it would be a perfect fit.

      • Nostradamus says:
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        jan wolfgarten?

  11. Bubbles says:
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    probably could have put Seo on the list instead of Pinion

  12. BigShark says:
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    Also I hear that Ryan Murphy is looking at Notre Dame. He really likes the school. but would the swimming be a risk? Also I think he is looking at Cal and Auburn. I think he would be more likely to pick Auburn because it is closer to home.

    • Kirt says:
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      They hadn’t done anything at the NCAA level until last year, so yes Notre Dame would be a risk. Cal and Auburn are clearly heading in to opposite directions. Yes, Auburn is still solid in backstroke and great at sprinting, but they have dropped out of the top tier. Also isn’t Murphy supposed to be really good friends with Jacob Pebley?

    • swimfan says:
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      Don’t forget Florida! It would be a great place for him and talk about right in your backyard!
      His brother swims at ND and I am sure they would throw in the kitchen sink to have him but he needs a program that will develop him at the International level also. Florida, Cal, maybe a USC and Auburn can all do that.

      • Bigshark says:
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        Not counting out Florida. It would be a great place for him. And being with Lochte could benefit him. Auburn also has pretty good backstrokers. Murphy has had several teammates who have gone to Florida from Bolles. Maybe that will be a factor too?

    • coach t says:
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      i’m trying to talk him into princeton!!

  13. BigShark says:
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    I don’t really know anthing about his friendship with Pebley. I wouldn’t be suprised though. I don’t think that will really be a factor. I would assume he would make the choice best for him reguardless of where his friends choose… as with the other athletes as well

    • Kirt says:
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      Well of course a lot of top level juniors are friends from national teams and whatnot, so your right that it can’t be too important, but I feel like at some point one of them said in an interview that it was a factor.

  14. ZYNG43 says:
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    With a 19.6 and a 44.0 Risolvato seems bound to go to Auburn

  15. cynthia curran says:
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    Well, most of the west outside of some states is smaller in population than the east. The west has changed more radically in demographics like Nevada and California and Texas if you include the southwest. Also, in California a lot of tall kids also go into sports like Volleyball its different than about 30 years ago the same might have went out for a sport like swimming. And Michael Phelps has also contributed to East Coast and Midwest kids wanting to put up with practicing in indoor pools in the winter time since he is the best and is from the East Coast so they think they can beat swimmers out west.

  16. pvk says:
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    I think conger will be a bigger target for big swimming schools like Cal ,Texas, or Arizona because of his awesome variety. Murphy will rule the backstroke but conger will be more versitial.

  17. pvk says:
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    I Have a feeling were going to see many battles between them in the future.

  18. LNeidigh says:
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    Pebley too… Nolan if he swims well

    • Sid says:
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      Yes, all the preliminary discussion involving Conger and Murphy is merited. But there is a lot of growth and maturity to come with Pebley. Coming from Oregon, he has not had the level of competition to train or race as much as the forementioned swimmers. It will be interesting to see how all three develop beyond just backstroke as well.

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