Nick Silverthorn has verbally committed to the Cal Golden Bears, marking the biggest addition to Dave Durden’s class of 2014.
Silverthorn, who holds three 11-12 National Age Group Records, was primarily a middle-distance freestyler when he was younger, but has really matured and become a spectacular IM’er and breaststroker in the last year.
In yards, his best times are:
- 50 free – 21.85
- 100 free – 44.65
- 200 free – 1:36.95
- 500 free – 4:26.15
- 1650 free – 15:46.43
- 100 breast – 53.61
- 200 breast – 1:56.56
- 200 IM – 1:48.79
As noted, his breaststrokes have become really good. He was a part of that race last year where three guys broke the National High School Record, and he has a shot at being the first high schooler ever under 53 this year.
The book on Silverthorn from one coach we spoke with is that worst case, Cal gets a solid conference scorer and a great “team guy.” Best case, they get an All-American breaststroker who can contribute on all 5 relays, due to his good size (he’s 6’3″ and very strong).
Cal’s class so far is small-ish, but it’s full of stars. That includes Connor Green, Kyle Coan, Ryan Kao, and more recently Connor Hoppe. They also brought in another breaststroker, Matt Whittle, who goes 55.2 and 1:59.0.
Between Coan and Silverthorn, Cal has the foundation to have one of the country’s best freestyle groups, and between Hoppe, Whittle, and Silverthorn, their presently-unstable breaststroke group looks suddenly very good.
Silverthorn swims for Granada High School and the Pleasanton Seahawks.