Preston Niayesh Stays In State with Verbal to Cal

Preston Niayesh of the Tule Nation Tritons has verbally committed to Cal’s class of 2023. Niayesh is currently a senior at El Diamante High School.

“I am so thankful and blessed to have verbally committed to the Cal Men’s Swimming Team! This is a childhood dream for me, and I cannot thank my family, coaches, and friends enough for encouraging me every step of the way to chase my dreams. I am so excited to join the Berkeley family, and I cannot wait to see what I can do as a Golden Bear. #GOBEARS!!!”


  • 100y breast – 56.92
  • 200y breast – 2:06.99
  • 100m breast – 1:05.25
  • 200m breast – 2:22.89

Niayesh is a breaststroker, with his best event being the 100 breast. He took two seconds off of his 100 breast from 2016 to 2017, going from 59.59 to 57.49, then dropped it down to a 56.92 this spring at the CIF State Championships, where he just missed making finals with an 18th place finish.

Niayesh joins #13 Jason Louser, #18 Michael PetridesAddie LaurencelleCalvin David, and Will Pelton in Cal’s incoming freshman class. He will get three seasons of overlap with Cal’s star freshman breaststroker, Reece Whitley.

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3 years ago

I respect him for picking a great school like Cal, and keeping at his swimming. Sure he could have chosen UCSB, Cal Poly, UCSD, etc and been more at the top of the food chain right out of the gate. But the fact is he had the academics and is making strides in the right direction to compete at Cal

Cal Superfan
3 years ago

Kid seems like a stud. Outside of the pool. Huge GPA guy right there. Really would like to see him bulk up so he can make a big impact in the pool as well.

3 years ago

Can we remember that Cal is one of the best public schools in the country and an in state education there is highly valuable? Even the vast majority of athletes who will become “pro swimmers” will make barely enough money to feed themselves after graduation, much less make good living. This is about good kids going to good schools to learn how to be great leaders in the world. Slow your roll if you think this is about swimming. It’s about what swimming teaches you. Even the vast majority of DI football players will never make a living as professional athletes. Let’s remember that this should be about academics and the long term skills swimming provides that will make you… Read more »

Reply to  Gaucho
3 years ago

Folks were just making a point that he ain’t getting any scholarship money with those times. Calm down everyone.

3 years ago

Gonna need some more big drops to be remotely competitive at Cal

Reply to  Lpman
3 years ago

Doesn’t mean he still can’t add to the team and be an important part to the program or a great training partner for other members

Reply to  Michael
3 years ago

Or raise the team GPA

Chilly Chad
Reply to  Reid
3 years ago

Woah woah woah calm down there

Jay ryan
Reply to  Lpman
3 years ago

And let’s remember that Nolan Koon was a 56.2/2:10 breaststroker in HS and yet he won the Pac10 in the 200 as a freshman in 1:54.22. The kid is going to the right place as a diamond in the rough.

Reply to  Lpman
3 years ago

This kid seems like he’s headed on the right path, both in academics and swimming. The teams GPA definitely will boost with him as an addition. Plus, with Cal’s training, he has a vast amount of room to improve.

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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