NCAA Champions Texas Pick Up Preston Varozza For 2016-2017 Season

Top-end recruiting is one of the many perks of winning a NCAA Championship title, and the Texas Longhorns have gained their first post-title commit from in-state local, Preston Varozza.

Currently swimming unattached, Varozza’s freestyle and backstroke events will bring depth to the Longhorns in the coming years as they continue to chase national titles. He is a decorated high school swimmer, winning the 200 medley relay, 100 free, and 100 back for Westwood High School at the Texas 6A Region IV Championships. Varozza raced again during the month of February at the Texas 6A State Championships and scored a second place finish in the 100 back (48.95) and a third place finish in the 100 free (44.94).

50 free 21.37 24.9
100 free 44.94 53.66
50 back 22.89  N/A
100 back 48.95 59.36
200 back 1:48.95 2:11.61

Varozza’s personal best in the 100 back ranks him 7th on Texas’ top times from this season, just .01 behind Brett Ringgold. His 200 back is a welcomed addition to the roster because as it stands, his 1:48.95 would be 8th on the season bests list. The only backstroke representatives for the Longhorns at NCAAs were freshmen Ryan Harty and John Shebat, and sophomore Jonathan Roberts. Varozza’s times need a bit of work before they’re competitive at that level, but with an influx of young backstroke talent such as Varozza, Texas’ future title prospects are encouraging.



In This Story

Leave a Reply

4 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted



Congrats Preston! ……good genes from the “ol man” as he was pretty good back in his era!


Preston is def one to watch, he started late in swimming & is a late bloomer, he has a very compelling time progression, his dad Mike swam for A&M & was a NCAA finalist in fly and a fast freestyle sprinter, his grand father on his mothers side was on UTs 1963 National Championship football team & Preston a great young man from a nice family. Hook Em!

About Stephen Parsons

Stephen Parsons

Stephen's swimming journey has taken him all across the Southeastern United States. Starting out at the Flowood, MS based Sunkist Swim Team, he made the transition to Auburn, AL where he competed the remainder of his high school years with Auburn Aquatics. His college career began at Daytona State College under the …

Read More »

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!