Notre Dame Picks Up Winter Juniors Finalist Bryce Ortanes for 2021

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Aquawolves Swim Team’s Bryce Ortanes has verbally committed to Notre Dame’s class of 2025. The sprinter is a senior at Cherry Creek High School in Colorado.

I am beyond humbled to announce my verbal commitment to swim as a Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame. I’d like to thank my parents, my coaches, and the amazing support from everyone around me. Go Irish!☘️☘️


  • 50 free – 20.38
  • 100 free – 45.96
  • 50 back – 22.51
  • 100 back – 48.76
  • 200 back – 1:47.96
  • 100 fly – 49.23

Ortanes’s best stroke is backstroke, though he shows promise in sprint free and butterfly, too.

At the 2019 Colorado 5A HS Championships, Ortanes placed fourth in the 50 free (21.11) and eighth in the 100 back (51.15/50.98 in prelims). He was also 20.41 anchoring Cherry Creek’s state title-earning 200 medley relay and split a 46.00 on their victorious 400 free relay.

Over the summer and fall, Ortanes made serious gains, resulting in a slew of best times at the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West. There, he finished 12th in the 50 free (20.42/20.38 in prelims) and 13th in the 100 back (48.93/48.76 in prelims), while adding new bests in the 200 back (1:47.96) and 100 fly (49.23).

Last year, Ortanes would’ve been ND’s #3 50 freestyler and #6 100 backstroker. The Irish just graduated top backstroker Jack Montesi (45.8/1:40.1 last year), though they have the #11 class in the nation incoming this year, including backstrokers Kaden Smesko (48.0/1:47.8) and Joe Hunt (49.2).

Ortanes joins a large class already for next fall, including #17 Chris GuilianoMax MyersOwen GrimaldiAndrew Guziec, Nick Tommasone and Parker Macy.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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