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Cameron Luarde, a high school junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, has verbally committed to the University of Michigan.
Luarde finished 7th in both the 200 IM (1:50.39) and 100 breast (57.10) at the 2020 Indiana High School State Championship meet.
Luarde also excels in the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM, which are not high school events, and can swim all five 200 yard races at a high level. He was the Indiana Senior State Long Course runner-up in both the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM, and is a 2020 Olympic Trials qualifier with a 2:17.79 in the 200 breast in long course.
Best Times in Yards:
- 200 free – 1:44.64 (early-season, non-taper meet)
- 500 free – 4:37.81
- 100 back – 52.40
- 200 back – 1:51.95
- 100 breast – 56.00
- 200 breast – 2:01.36
- 100 fly – 52.61
- 200 fly – 1:55.29
- 200 IM – 1:47.82
- 400 IM – 3:53.40
Michigan has frequently reached across the border into Indiana for recruiting, and have recruited Fort Wayne especially well recently. Two current Michigan freshmen, Jack McCurdy and Noah Yarian, are both from Fort Wayne. Michigan also has the two best recruits from Indiana in the class of 2020, Jake Mitchell and Wyatt Davis, coming to Ann Arbor.
Reaching further back into the program’s history, National High School Record breaker Kyle Whitaker, who had a very similar skillset to Luarde, and his younger brother Aaron both matriculated to Michigan for their collegiate swimming.
Luarde’s best events fit right into Michigan’s recent wheelhouse. His top swims in the 400 IM are already Big Ten scoring quality (C-Final). At this year’s Big Ten Championships, Michigan went 1-2-3-6-8 in the 400 IM and 1-4-7 in the 200 breast, with swimmers like Tommy Cope and Charlie Swanson holding a very similar event lineup to Luarde.
Luarde is also a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. He attends Homestead High School and trains with Summit City Aquatics.
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