Nick Silverthorn Verbally Commits to Cal

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 GreenKyle 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.

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Great get for the Golden Bears in a prior area of need. Congrats to Nick, Dave, and Yuri. Cal allegedly also has a commit from a fourth breaststroker, Zach Stevens, from the Central Coast (San Luis Obispo). Durden and McKeever should push the NCAA to get rid of distance and diving events in favor of stroke relays.


That sounds like an awful idea


Was just kidding, alluding to Cal’s misadventures in diving and distance. The Golden Bears are the US Navy in stroke and the Somali Pirates in distance.


Where did the other two breastrokers in that epic high school race last season, Steven Stumph and Charlie Wiser, end up going? That had to be one of the best races in high school swimming history. I think Silverthorn went a 53.6 and still got only third!


Stumph to University of Spoil Childrens and Wiser has joined University of Furds


Steven Stumph is at USC (Swimming) and Wiser is at Stanford (Swimming and Water Polo)

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