Olympic Trials Qualifier Caleb Maldari (2023) Makes Verbal Pledge to Florida

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High school junior Caleb Maldari has announced his intention to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Florida beginning in the fall of 2023.

“I’m psyched to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Florida. I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, teammates, and especially the entire UF coaching staff for helping me get to this point. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Gator legacy, and I can’t wait to rep the orange and blue in the pool. GO GATORS!!! 🐊🐊🐊”

Maldari currently lives in Cornelius, North Carolina and is a junior at Laurel Springs School. Previously, he attended Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts for 9th and 10th grades and swam at Bluefish Swim Club. When his coach Chuck Batchelor was named head coach at SwimMAC Carolina this summer, Maldari moved south to continue their collaboration.

Maldari is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a member of the USA Junior National Team that competed at the FINA World Cup legs in Berlin and Budapest in October. He specializes in 200 back and swam that event at Olympic Trials Wave I, where he was the only 16-year-old in the A final. He posted a field-leading time in prelims (a PB of 2:01.17) before placing 5th in finals (2:01.27).

Best SCY times:

  • 200 back – 1:44.65
  • 100 back – 48.74
  • 200 IM – 1:49.29
  • 400 IM – 3:54.85
  • 200 free – 1:40.16

Maldari will join #4 Scotty Buff, #7 Andrew Taylor, and Lithuanian breaststroker Aleksas Savickas in the Florida class of 2027. His best SCY times would already score at SECs in the 200 back (B final) but it took 48.04 in the 100 back, 1:46.71/3:52.88 in the IMs, and 1:36.63 in the 200 free to get a second swim at the 2021 conference meets.

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Olympian
1 year ago

There’s only one Ca(e)leb!!

How dare you steal the name of a God??? BLASPHEMY!!!

Dan
1 year ago

Congratulations.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Tightest 200 free-200 back differential I’ve ever seen.

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Murphy ended college with a 1:35 back, 1:35 free, and 1:32 free relay split. His 100 was 43 back, 42 free, 41 free relay too 😂

Hswimmer
1 year ago

Blockin the haters out like

wolfensf
1 year ago

Unless someone else develops he is already their top 200 back guy when he gets on campus.

Swim fan
1 year ago

Moves 800miles to follow his club coach…

HJones
Reply to  Swim fan
1 year ago

Tbh, NE Swimming isn’t exactly full of elite age-group coaches, at least based on their resume. Batchelor has had by far the most pedigree, and while there are some really good programs with Gator (his old team), Crimson, SOLO, and PHX, it must’ve made sense for him to continue with what’s working right now and what has most likely the cause for his improvement. Best of luck to Caleb, and I’m looking forward to seeing the great thing he’s bound to do at UF in a few years.

RI Swim
Reply to  Swim fan
1 year ago

In fairness, his former club is not in great shape right now. They sold it to the head coach of their western mass site and some parent investors. Their Attleboro site doesn’t have a head coach and is losing members to other teams in the area. Word is that they’re also embroiled in a lawsuit with a former employee that isn’t going away any time soon.

Anonymous
Reply to  RI Swim
1 year ago

Do you swim for the team?

Anonymous
Reply to  RI Swim
1 year ago

So inaccurate. Think before you post. Rip Bozo

Anonymous
Reply to  RI Swim
1 year ago

L + ratio

Anonymous
Reply to  RI Swim
1 year ago

Not great shape? Bluefish remains one of the most competitive teams in the nation with an elite coaching staff. And Bluefish is losing swimmers?? Nah this just sounds like can behavior to me. Rip Bozo

RI Swim
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

The team is being sued by 2 different people and Coach Nick’s wife left him. Who’s the Bozo now?

Anonymous
Reply to  Swim fan
1 year ago

His club coach of only 2 years. He only just joined Bluefish, but given the lack of practice pool space in New England, I can’t blame him for moving to the Charlotte area with a plethora of opportunities.

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