Missouri HS Record-Holder Daniel Worth Commits to Virginia

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Empire KC Swim Club’s Daniel Worth has verbally committed to the University of Virginia for 2021. He will join their class of 2025 next fall.

Beyond proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic journey at the University of Virginia. Huge thank you to coach Faulkenberry and coach Menges along with all of my friends and family who helped me get to this point. Proud to be a Cavalier!#hoosyourdaddy


  • 50y breast – 25.23 (24.20 relay split)
  • 100y breast – 53.53
  • 200y breast – 1:59.21
  • 50y fly – 22.36
  • 100y fly – 50.12
  • 200y IM – 1:49.39
  • 200y IM – 3:54.93

At the 2019 Missouri Class 2 State Championships, Worth defended his 2018 state titles in the 200 IM and 100 breast. He was 1:49.39 in the 200 IM, setting the Class 2 record, while he set the overall Missouri high school record in the 100 breast with a 53.53. He was 53.81 in the 100 breast prelims, which was his first time under 54 seconds, and he first went under 55 at the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West just under a year ago. On Lee’s Summit North High School’s 200 medley relay, he split a 24.20 on the breast leg, and he led off their state record-breaking 200 free relay in 21.29.

One of the best sprint breaststrokers uncommitted until now, Worth will be a valuable asset to the ‘Hoos. He’s about a second off of their 100 breast school record (Yannick Kaeser’s 52.47), and he would’ve been their second-best 100 breaststroker last year behind Keefer Barnum‘s 52.60. Barnum is a senior next season, so Worth will arrive after he’s just finished his eligibility, and he’ll get three seasons to train with UVA’s top 2024 breaststroker, Noah Nichols (54.6/2:00.4).

Worth would’ve made the 100 breast B final and the 200 breast C final at the 2019 ACC Championships. He joins the UVA class of 2025 alongside #14 Connor Boyle, #18 Jack AikinsMatthew StyczenMax Iida, Tyler Sicignano, and Colin Bitz. Among them, Iida is a 55.5/2:00.4 breaststroker.

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1 year ago

Great pick-up for the Hoos – with Barnum graduating next year, sprint breastroke was looking thin. Not anymore! Big congrats to Daniel!

DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

BOOM!! Welcome to the Party Dan! Lets Rage!

Cream of the crop flocking to Hooville! Again!

They call it The DeSorbo Effect! #hoosyourdaddy

Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

Full stops. They’ll never catch on.

1 year ago

Welcome, Daniel. Congrats on Missouri State titles and records. This is shaping up as a stellar recruiting class.

Karl: One more 2021 oral commit you forgot in your article – Connor Boyle.

1 year ago

Nice chains

Pack Mack
Reply to  Blaize
1 year ago

Great pickup. Congratulations to Daniel and the Worth family.

1 year ago

UVA has 14 underclassmen currently on their roster, 7 recruits committed 2020 and 7 additional recruits already for 2021. With only 20 making a roster it seems like there is a log jam coming.

Reply to  MakoMaster
1 year ago

Where did you get the sense that only 20 “make a roster”? They currently have 27 on their roster…?

Reply to  MakoMaster
1 year ago

Are you talking about making the scoring team for the championship meet? This is quite common for teams to have more than the bare minimum than what they can take to the meet. Go look at the rosters of any team and you will most likely find more than 18. I just picked a random team (IU) and they have 36 men on their roster and they already have a somewhat large 2021 class. I believe it is expected that some people won’t contribute at the championship level.

Reply to  DravenOP
1 year ago

Yes I am talking about the scoring conference team. These are all top recruits and to not be able to go to the big conference meet and represent your team can be difficult emotionally and not great for development. That happened to me in college and it was hard to recover from personally. As long as these national level kids realize this possibility then kudos to such a great class.

Reply to  MakoMaster
1 year ago

Which is why you should always choose the school first, swimming second! Getting a great education from UVA beats not going to the championship meets any day!

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Reply to  MakoMaster
1 year ago

All the top teams have years where they leave NCAA qualifiers at home… like Texas men… it just comes with the territory of being at the top. Not a bad problem to have though, and it sure doesn’t seem to be hurting Texas when it comes to recruiting.

Reply to  DravenOP
1 year ago

IU does carry a big roster which is fine if that is their culture but they also have a lot of swimmers transfer out which could in part be related to that large roster.

1 year ago

Welcome to the UVA family. Wahoowa!

2 Cents
1 year ago

If he had a faster IM or a 200 Breast, he should end up being in the new top 20 rankings by the end of the year I would figure. 53.5 is FAST!

Lauren LeBlanc
1 year ago

u swim like a shark😍😍

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

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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