Sam Perry from New Zealand has made the decision to come to the United States to swim, and has verbally committed to the Stanford Cardinal.
He is primarily a freestyler and butterfly, with short course meters bests of:
50 fr: 22.39
100 fr: 49.26
200 fr: 1:47.46
400 fr: 3:49.65
100 fly: 53.99
200 fly: 1:59.22
That 100 fly time made him the national champion, and his 50 placed him 3rd overall.
Converted to yards, that 50 is around a 20.1, that 100 free is around a 44.1, and that 100 fly would be around a 48.6.
Perhaps his most impressive swim of the whole meet, though, was a 21.8 relay off of a relay start at Nationals, which converts to a 19-mid.
Perry’s improvements don’t seem close to being done, either. Between the 2012 Short Course nationals and the 2013 Short Course Nationals, he had big drops, especially in the longer events. Specifically:
50 fr: 0.96s
100 fr: 1.69s
200 fr: 3.53s
400 fr: 8.99s
100 fly: 1.80s
200 fly: 14.50s
Stanford is making a case for the number one class in the country this year (though of course Caeleb Dressel‘s decision could change that in a hurry), with Perry joining names like Curtis Ogren, Andrew Liang, Brock Turner, Wes Olmsted, and Liam Egan in this deep and well-rounded class.