Michael Thomas of Horsham, Pennsylvania has given a verbal commitment to Coach Dave Durden and the California Golden Bears.
Thomas is the current national age group record holder in the boys 15-16 100y backstroke. The previous owner of that mark is none other than two-time NCAA backstroke champion Ryan Murphy, currently a sophomore at Cal.
A senior at Hatboro-Horsham High School, Thomas broke Murphy’s NAG at last year’s Pennsylvania High School state meet with a 46.65. His top times are:
|50y back: 22.47|
|100y back: 46.65||100m back: 58.08|
|200y back: 1:43.82||200m back: 2:05.44|
|200y IM: 1:46.18||200m IM: 2:07.49|
|400y IM: 3:52.31||400m IM: 4:31.22|
|100y fly: 48.75||100m fly: 55.33|
|200y fly: 1:45.83||200m fly: 1:59.11|
Thomas swims with Upper Dublin Aquatic Club and is a member of their national age group record boys 15-16 400 free relay, along with Wyatt Amdor, Jake Sannem, and Michael Jensen. He had an outstanding short course season with UDAC, culminating in the Middle Atlantic Senior Championships in March where he won the men’s 50 free, 200 back, 100 fly, and 200 fly, was on their first-place 800 free relay, and led off their winning 400 medley relay and 400 free relays (the latter of which was the NAG record-breaker).
In long course season, Thomas was runner-up in the 200 fly at 2014 Summer Juniors with a 1:59.11; that swim now ranks seventh on the all-time list for 15-16 year-old boys. He also made the LCM list in the 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM.
The multi-talented Thomas will only be 17 next summer when he heads off to college. There are several directions he could take with his swimming. In short course season he dropped 1 second in his 100 back and 2.5 in the 200, but improved by 3.5 in his 100 fly and by more than 7 seconds in his 200 fly. Similarly, this summer he dropped over 6 seconds in the 100 fly and 11 seconds in his 200.
At Cal, he will be joining arguably the top backstroke/butterfly training group in the country, both areas where he shows tremendous promise. With the best backstroker in the NCAA in front of him for at least the first two years of his college career, Thomas will have his best chance at a relay contribution swimming butterfly, but individually he and Murphy will make the country’s best backstroke tandem in 2016.