Michigan Pulls in Verbal Commitment from OT Qualifier Ansel Froass

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Cincinnati, Ohio’s Ansel Froass has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Michigan for 2020-21. He’ll join the class of 2024 with verbal commits Alexander Capizzo, Bence Szabados (#15), Jake Mitchell (#8), James LeBuke, Wyatt Davis (#12), and Yugo Tsukikawa. Froass is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American from Sycamore High School. He swam butterfly (22.27) on the record-breaking 200 medley relay at the 2019 Ohio Division 1 State Meet, joining forces with Carson Foster, Jake Foster, and Elliott Carl. He also contributed to the winning 400 free relay (46.06 leadoff) with the Foster brothers and Noah Patterson. Individually, Froass was runner-up in the 200 IM (1:48.27) and placed 4th in the 100 free (45.22), both of which were lifetime bests.

Froass swims year-round with the Mason Manta Rays. He swam at 2018 Winter Juniors East, coming in 12th in the 200 IM and 20th in the 200 breast and improving his times in the 200 free and 200 breast. This summer, he punched his ticket to 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Speedo Junior Nationals with a 1:02.08 in the 100m breast and a 2:03.84 in the 200m IM. He finished 3rd in the 200 IM, 9th in the 100 breast, 18th in the 200 breast, and 20th in the 100 free and notched PBs in the 50/100 free, 100/200 breast, and 200 IM.

Michigan’s freshmen had a strong showing in the breaststroke events at 2019 B1G Championships. William Chan (52.36) was 6th in the 100, Mason Hunter was 13th (53.07), and AJ Bornstein was 21st (54.75). Hunter was 11th in the 200 (1:55.27), Chan was 16th (1:56.63 in prelims), and Bornstein finished 22nd (1:58.00 in prelims). All five Michigan’s scorers in the 200 IM (3 in the A final and one each in the B and C) were juniors last year, but Ricardo Vargas and William Roberts, who were sophomores, were A-finalists in the 400 IM (which was won by junior Charlie Swanson). Then-freshman Bora Unalmis made the B final but was disqualified. Froass, in any event, will have a strong breast/IM training group when he shows up in Ann Arbor.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 IM – 1:48.27
  • 400 IM – 3:54.71
  • 100 breast – 56.06
  • 200 breast – 2:01.87
  • 50 free – 20.98
  • 100 free – 45.22


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3 years ago

Wow this is shaping up to be one if not the top class in the country

Reply to  Qwerty
3 years ago

Tap the brakes on that prediction

Almond Milk
Reply to  Doconc
3 years ago

Wyatt Davis: 21.4 46.6 1:43 Back 1:45 200 IM
Jake Mitchell: Freestyles: 44.0 1:34.2 4:16 15:09
Bence Szabados: 19.9 44.3 free 47.3 1:44 Fly
James LeBuke: 22.8 50.4 LCM free

All four were at World Juniors, had big LCM summer drops, and probable relay swimmers off the bat… id say they are shaping to be one of the best in the country. Now with Ansel who went 1:02.0 and 2:03 in the summer… big SCY drops coming. Probably more big names will be added in this class with the huge senior class graduating with Felix and all of them.

The Man Himself
Reply to  Almond Milk
3 years ago

I’d definitely say that it’s fair to say that Michigan will have one of the top classes, but not the best one. As of now, I’d definitely take UT with Carozza, Heasley, and Foster over them. Cal has a very strong class as well. Even UGA with Urlando and Magahey (not much depth behind them though) will be pretty good.

Reply to  The Man Himself
3 years ago


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