Oberlin College Picks Up Breaststroke and Freestyle Specialist Dylan Bechtold

Dylan Bechtold has announced his commitment to swim at Oberlin College as a member of the class of 2025. 

“Very excited to announce that I will be swimming and studying at Oberlin College.  I can not thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates enough for their endless support.  Go YEOS!!”

Bechtold is a native of Sarasota, Florida and recently graduated from Venice Senior High School. At the club level, he represents the South County Family YMCA in Venice, where he specializes in the breaststroke and freestyle events. At the Florida Senior Championships in late July, Bechtold was a finalist in the 200m breaststroke, where he placed 9th in a time of 2:37.23. 

Best Times SCY: 

  • 50 freestyle – 22.29
  • 100 freestyle – 49.63
  • 200 freestyle – 1:45.87
  • 500 freestyle – 4:48.29
  • 100 breaststroke – 1:02.63
  • 200 breaststroke – 2:14.63

Bechtold is a huge pick-up for the Division III Oberlin men. His best times in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and 500 freestyle would have been the fastest on the roster during the 2019-2020 season and his 100 freestyle would have ranked him 2nd on the roster. (Oberlin did not compete in any championship meets during the 2020-2021 season due to the pandemic). Bechtold will also add some much-needed depth for Oberlin in the breaststroke events, where they only had 3 swimmers compete throughout the entire 2019-2020 season. 

At the 2020 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, Oberlin finished 8th out of 10 teams. Bechtold’s best time in the 200 breaststroke would have scored in the B-final at those championships, where Oberlin only had Kristoph Naggert and Jonathan Hupfeld final. Bechtold would have also qualified for the C-final in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and 100 breaststroke at that meet. 

With his commitment, Bechtold joins Nicholas Imig and Myles Felt in Oberlin’s class of 2025. 

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1 year ago

Dig the headband. Wonder what his fellow ginger Age group coach would think about that look though. Best of luck to Dylan

Scotty P
1 year ago

Didn’t Oberlin have another pick that was on the upswing for them earlier? Props to the upward mobility for them.

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