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.

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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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NotDanielRoy
4 years ago

How about dem longhorns!

Skills Champ
4 years ago

Best place in the country to go for 200 free. Fast track to the olympic team

bobthebuilderrocks
4 years ago

YEAHHHHHH BOI!!!!!!!!!

Uberfan
4 years ago

Really good they still need a couple more high level swimmers to compete with Cal. Remember Cal is getting a freshmen who will probably place second in the 50 and 100 free

E Gamble
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Hoffer ☺

Embarah
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Cal’s used to getting second.

Uberfan
Reply to  Embarah
4 years ago

They will dominate NCAA’s next year

First Loser
Reply to  Embarah
4 years ago

Ha ha ha ha!

Iceage Swimmer
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Texas is also getting the speedy (5th in OT 200 back) backstroker Austin Katz from Sarasota Florida. Proud he’s from my town!

HARAMBE
4 years ago

This is where 200 freestylers’ careers go to do die, terrible choice. Risking such a promising career to an unestablished coach and a program that has shown no major success at a national or international level is a huge mistake. Name just one successful 200 freestyler to come out of this program for each letter of the alphabet, see you can’t. Texas is all hype and no substance

Pau Hana
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

daX Hill, 2012 200 free champion. 🙂

Back2Back
Reply to  HARAMBE
4 years ago

There is definitely something “in the water” at the Texas Swim Center…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  HARAMBE
4 years ago

u certainly didn’t watch any Olympics( and especially Rio with Townley Hass and Jack Conger ) in a long time dude . Tine to refresh your mechanics . LOL

Harambe
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

What if I told you I knew a Texas 200 Freestyler? What if I told you I was being sarcastic? What if I were a dog? Sadly, none of these are true. I am the ghost of a Cincinnati gorilla with hot takes on NCAA swimming, and my knowledge of “the doge” and his teammates cannot be rivaled

Dan
4 years ago

Does this kid not slow down? Over any distance? That’s amazing to have such a fast fifty and five hundred.

DWY
Reply to  Dan
4 years ago

Cristian Quintero was similar. Could give you a sub 19 relay split and a 14:20 1650.

korn
Reply to  DWY
4 years ago

maybe not quite 14:20,,,,maybe slightly exaggerated.

Uberfan
Reply to  korn
4 years ago

Only by 25 seconds

Speed Racer
4 years ago

Texas needed to land a big fish in this class. If you get one it helps makes the very solid in-state class fall in line. I am sure it gets harder and harder to convince families Eddie will be there for 4more years. With Eddie’s legacy there it is tough to imagine the program without him. Great get for the Horns.

Paul J
4 years ago

At some point soon Eddie will retire. As great as the program is, i just cant see Eddie staying on more than another year or two at most.

The question is who will be Eddie’s successor? My guess is Durden, Bowman, Marsh, and maybe Looze on short list.

PKWater
Reply to  Paul J
4 years ago

Durden is pretty set in stone at Cal. Bowman just started (and is being paid $$$) and will stay at ASU for a while. Marsh might become the national team director. Idk about Looze but only because I don’t know enough about the guy.

Winnie Pearl
Reply to  Paul J
4 years ago

I could see Yuri or honestly Eddie might be grooming Wyatt Collins to take over for him in a few years time.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Winnie Pearl
4 years ago

After watching Eddie this weekend, this might be his last year. If he promised Conger to be there for him for 4 years, he kept his promise. He does not owe anything to Schooling after guiding him to the Olympic Gold. Don’t know anything about Wyatt Collins and he might be next great coach at Texas (he was definitely running the show past weekend), but I want Denver coach and ex-Longhorn to be the next Texas coach.

completelyconquered
Reply to  PsychoDad
4 years ago

I want Holloway. The question is, if Texas did get Holloway, how would he get the Athletic Department to approve all the assistant coaches.

Admin
Reply to  completelyconquered
4 years ago

I always wonder if coaches how coaches who are successful at a co-ed program feel about going to a single-gender program. If it were me, that wouldn’t be my first choice – once I’d shown I could do it with both genders, I’d hate to pigeon-hole myself back into one gender.

Know It All
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

There are other motives than career. Capitani switched to Texas for the Head Coach role and to work alongside Eddie, however I wonder if she proves herself with the women that they would give her the helm of coach of both teams. I see this as being more viable than Wyatt Collins taking over. She has way more experience than him, and D1 experience on top of it.

I don’t think Wyatt is in the mix as much as Capitani. But hey, I could be completely wrong.

Hook \'Em
Reply to  Know It All
4 years ago

Let’s just say those who KNOW Wyatt know his value. Eddie knew what he was doing when he chose him. Taking nothing away from Capitani,she’s in beast mode.

SwimDad
Reply to  Hook \'Em
4 years ago

I do know Wyatt. But he is also maybe 25 years old. I doubt the powers that be at Texas will hand over that high level a program to someone that young. My money is on the guy at Denver. And my guess on the time frame is probably in one or two years from now.

I’m guessing that Eddie made Wyatt an assistant knowing that it would accelerate his coaching career somewhere else once Eddie eventually retires. Eddie has always thought highly of Wyatt’s dad (long time swim coach).

Hook \'Em
Reply to  SwimDad
4 years ago

Agree that Wyatt may not take the helm but I believe he will stay on. Eddie is not going to leave in one or two years by choice. Will stay at least until 20/20.

Speed Racer
Reply to  PsychoDad
4 years ago

Heard he doesn’t promise he will be there but just always say “do I look like I am going to retire soon?” Not really an answer to a family but I guess some time with Eddie is worth it for some. The heir apparent is not clear with Kris gone. Will be interesting to see how many Texas studs head to Austin out of that class. They might have a better sense of when the end is coming and look elsewhere. Great school, great program and in-state tuition but if they head elsewhere the clock is for sure ticking down then.

swimfan
Reply to  Paul J
4 years ago

What about Holloway? He built NC State from Scratch

Scott
Reply to  Paul J
4 years ago

Maybe Holloway. I don’t believe NC State has a long course pool and he may want to take over where he has one. Sergio is always a possibility too

Swimgeekgirl
Reply to  Scott
4 years ago

NC State has a long course pool. I swam in it before.

E Gamble
Reply to  Scott
4 years ago

Where does Held train LCM?

Swimnerd
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

….the NC state pool

Workhorse
Reply to  Paul J
4 years ago

Sergio!!!!!

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