Penn State Picks Up Bolles Sprinter Wiley Watson

Wiley Watson of the Bolles School Sharks has given his verbal commitment to the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Watson’s Top Times

  • 50y free – 21.08
  • 100y free – 46.65
  • 50m free – 24.03

He’s seen lots of improvement from 2014 to 2015, notably a .7 drop in the 50 yard free and a 1.2 second drop in the 50 meter free. His 24.03 in LCM was done this past summer, and it earned him his first Winter Juniors cut.

Watson’s not ready to score individually at the B1G Champs, where it took a 45 low in the 100 and a 20 low in the 50 to make it back in C finals. He worked through shoulder surgery prior to his junior year, yet returned to the pool and managed to pop out best times in the 50 and 100 free. His improvement curve is only further legitimized by the fact that last summer was his first time seriously training and competing in long course, and he’ll get a full additional year now to train post-surgery.

The Nittany Lions are working to build back up their sprint group after losing their top two guys, Shane Ryan and Nate Savoy. Ryan is training in Ireland in his attempt to make the Rio Olympics under the Irish flag, though he said he’d return to finish his final year of eligibility next fall. Regardless, Penn State is lacking in sprint depth this season, and Watson will add some bulk to that part of their roster, especially if he continues to improve as he has over the last couple seasons.

I committed to Penn State because I instantly fell in love with the school, campus. location, and of course the team. The team had a sense of brotherhood and loyalty. They were all one big family. Very similar to how I am with my teammates at Bolles.

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5 years ago

Go Bolles!

Mike Kuzma
5 years ago

Congrats Wiley! It has been great to work with you over the last year. Go Bolles!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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