National Age Group Record Holder Drew Kibler Commits to Texas

Carmel Swim Club’s Drew Kibler, a multi-NAG Record holder, has given his verbal commitment to swim for the University of Texas. Kibler is one of the top recruits in the class of 2018, and will begin his NCAA swimming career in the fall of 2018.

At last weekend’s Indiana High School State Championships, Kibler represented Carmel High School, winning 2 individual state titles. He broke the National Public High School Record in the 200 free, posting a 1:33.30 to take down SEC champion Maxime Rooney‘s former record of 1:33.70. He also narrowly missed his best time in the 100 free, winning the title in a State Record time of 43.20 before breaking it again with his 43.02 leadoff on the 400 free relay.

Kibler’s Top Times:

  • 50 yard free- 19.66
  • 100 yard free- 42.99
  • 200 yard free- 1:33.36
  • 500 yard free- 4:15.36
  • 100 yard back- 48.57
  • 200 yard back- 1:45.95

In December, Kibler made headlines with his performances at the 2016 U.S. Winter Junior Championships (East). At that meet, he took down the 15-16 National Age Group Records with golds in the 200 free and 500 free. He also won titles in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

At Texas, Kibler will train with American Record holder Townley Haas, who became a 2-time NCAA champion in his freshman season. He’ll also train alongside freestyle standous Tate Jackson and Jeff Newkirk. Kibler will start his NCAA career right after the Longhorns graduate Joseph Schooling, Brett Ringgold, and Jonathan Roberts. That’ll likely help the Longhorns fill one of the relay spots left open by Ringgold and Schooling, and he’ll fill the void in the 500 free left by Roberts.

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E Gamble
6 years ago

This kid is definitely going to Texas. He looks like a typical Longhorn….happy. ?

6 years ago

Seems only fitting that he should head to UT – the guy that held the state record for 11 years that he broke was also a Longhorn.

Hook \'Em
6 years ago

No reason to speculate on a replacement for Eddie just yet. And any number of years with Eddie are better than no years with Eddie. And if you were him, would YOU retire and hand over THIS team!?!

Reply to  Hook \'Em
6 years ago

Eddie still says to this day that he will coach until they have to carry him off of the pool deck. I’m pretty sure he would not keep telling recruits and parents that unless he mean it.

6 years ago

Texas never gets high level recruits. They develop their talent. Yea right. It’s great to be Texas.

ACC fan
6 years ago

You can always change your mind and go to NC STATE, if you really want to get faster!

A non E mouse
Reply to  ACC fan
6 years ago

This is annoying

Reply to  ACC fan
6 years ago

yep lots of 200 freestylers in the top 8 at Trials from state?!

6 years ago

So very proud of my nephew!

6 years ago

Hook Em!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Wow! I wanted to see him at Texas or Florida, 2 great places for 200 free swimmers. Very good choice.
He will have wonderful training partners there to go to the next level and make the 2020 olympic team.

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