Olympic Trials Qualifier Trey Hesser Commits to Cal for 2024-25

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Trey Hesser from Phoenix, Arizona, has announced his intention to swim and study at the University of California, Berkeley, beginning in the fall of 2024.

“I’m extremely blessed and excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the university of California-Berkeley!I want to thank God and of course my parents, friends, and coaches for all their help and support throughout the years. I wouldn’t be here without them. Also, a big thanks to coach Durden for giving me this amazing opportunity. GO BEARS!!!”

Hesser graduated from high school in June 2023. He was homeschooled and swam for Chandler High School, winning the 500 free (4:31.31) and placing 2nd in the 200 free (1:40.07) his senior year at the AIA Division 1 State Championships. He elected to take a gap year in 2023-24 “to train for Olympic Trials and prepare for college.”

Hesser swims with Gold Medal Swim Club in Phoenix. He had some big LCM performances this summer, beginning with numerous best times at Des Moines Sectionals and culminating with a pair of Olympic Trials cuts at Summer Juniors. In Des Moines, he improved his PBs in the 50 free (24.59), 100 free (52.39), 200 free (1:53.43), 400 free (3:58.74), 1500 free (16:01.74), and 100 back (1:01.88). He won the 400 free, was runner-up in the 800, and placed 3rd in the 1500, 8th in the 100 free, and 9th in the 200 free.

From there, he went on to Junior National Championships in Irvine, where he further improved his times in the 200 free (1:51.93), 400 free (3:54.58), 800 free (8:08.07), and 1500 free (15:43.12), qualifying for Trials in the 400/800.

All told, he dropped .2 in the 50 free, .8 in the 100 free, 1.5 seconds in the 200 free, 4.8 in the 400 free, 10.6 in the 800, and 1:04 in the 1500.

Hesser will join the Golden Bears’ class of 2028 with fellow verbal commits #6 Lucca Battaglini, Edward Huang, Thackston McMullan, Carter Lancaster, Nick Mahabir, August Vetsch, Freddy Klein, Matthew Elliott, and Yamato Okadome.

Best SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 15:26.12
  • 1000 free – 9:13.71
  • 500 free – 4:23.53
  • 200 free – 1:38.85
  • 100 free – 45.34

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Andrew
7 months ago

i’ve seen homeschooled kids take tons of heat in comment sections saying they wouldn’t last a second with a college lifestyle and it begs the question, why do Cal swimmers and commits get off so easily?

Cal is a phenomenal school but Berkeley is one of the worst places to live and adapt to in the US

NoFastTwitch
Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

I’ve lived in Berkeley for 20 years and wouldn’t move anywhere else. I assume, Andrew, that you don’t live here – if you did, you’d realize how wrong you are.

Swim Alchemist
7 months ago

He was homeschooled and swam for Chandler High School”.

I’m just curious how someone can be homeschooled but swim for a specific high school? I know sometimes there are homeschool teams that compete, but didn’t know a homeschool kid can compete for a specific school?

Sun Devil Mom
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
7 months ago

In Arizona, homeschooled students can compete on the public school team in their boundary.

96Swim
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
7 months ago

Some states allow this. I’m in Florida and the laws allow kids that are homeschooled to compete for a local high school. The most famous example here was Tim Tebow, who was home schooled but led Nease HS to glory before going to UF and becoming an internet sensation. I don’t know whether they can pick which school they play for.

James
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
7 months ago

As one of the other comments say. I was also a Florida homeschooler. Florida allows homeschoolers to go to their local high school to compete for that team. In my case I was in a triangle basically. So I got to pick which of the 3 local schools I competed for. Different for everyone but same principle

Former Cal Student
7 months ago

Congratulations and welcome to Cal! Go Bears!

James Beam
7 months ago

Can’t wait for Andrew to poke holes at this pickup.

Trey, congrats, and please ignore Andrew! You will do great things at Cal.

Tyson Huynh
7 months ago

Andrew gonna cry his brains out🥹🥹🥹😂😂🤣🤣

Kabes
Reply to  Tyson Huynh
7 months ago

He on a roll fr

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
7 months ago

Since the title is broken, can we submit our own titles? “Hesser says yessir to Cal”

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