Arizona State junior Cameron Craig is no longer a part of the Arizona State men’s swim team, the school confirmed to SwimSwam Thursday.
We originally reported that he was sitting out the fall semester for undisclosed personal reasons, and ASU declined further comment this time around “out of respect for [Craig’s] privacy.”
Update: Craig may return to swimming this summer and is leaving the possibility of an NCAA return open. He gave SwimSwam the following statement:
“I love Arizona State and the staff of the team was amazing and supported me through out my time there. Whether I return to the NCAA is up in the air, I haven’t had any conversations with any school yet, but I do plan to return this summer possibly.”
Craig skipped the entire summer season and has not logged a race since the 2018 NCAA Championships, where he placed 13th overall in the 200 free, scratched his individual 100 free, and was 19.67 in prelims of the 50 free. He was the 2017 Pac-12 champion in the 100 and 200 free and was named team MVP that year. He snagged a 2018 title in the 200 (he was third in the 100).
The team took 6th and 4th place overall in the conference in Craig’s first and second seasons, respectively — head coach Bob Bowman’s second and third.
The Sun Devils have some mid-sprint free depth to fill Craig’s absence. Sophomore Grant House and a freshman contingent including Cody Bybee and Noah Henry lead the way with sub-1:33/1:34 200 free and sub-43/44 100 free potential, but Craig’s freshman year Pac-12 record of 1:31.71 in the 200 and PR of 41.95 in the 100 leave big shoes to fill. House’s season-best of 1:33.34 currently ranks third in the Pac-12, with Bybee and Liam Bresette (who hit best times in the fall) sitting 11th and 12th.
Craig also owns lifetime bests of 19.50 in the 50 free and 1:42.75 in the 200 IM.
News of Craig’s departure comes a week after fellow mid-distance freestyler and former Pac-12 champion Grant Shoults, of Stanford, announced he underwent shoulder surgery, leaving room for new faces atop the Pac-12 middle-distance podium.