Princeton Gains Verbal from Arizona HS Champion Finn Dowdall (2021)

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Phoenix Swim Club’s Finn Dowdall has verbally committed to the admissions process* at Princeton for fall 2021. Dowdall is a senior at Brophy Prep in Arizona.

Princeton got rid of early admissions for the class of ’25 due to COVID-19, meaning commits won’t be accepted until the coming spring.

I’m thrilled to announce my commitment to the admissions process at Princeton University! I want to give a big thanks to my family, coaches, friends, and teammates for supporting me all this way. Go Tigers!


  • 50 free – 20.50
  • 100 free – 44.72
  • 200 free – 1:40.70
  • 100 fly – 48.76

In November 2019, Dowdall won the 50 free title at the 2019 Arizona HS D1 Championships. At the meet, he was also runner-up in the 100 fly, hitting lifetime bests in both events, and he helped Brophy to state titles in both free relays.  Dowdall was unable to compete at the 2020 Arizona HS D1 Championships, however, because Brophy Prep pulled its full roster from the meet after several athletes tested positive for COVID-19. In withdrawing from the meet, they ended their 32-year streak as Arizona D1 team champions.

In long course meters, Dowdall has lifetime bests of 23.57 in the 50 and 52.13, not far off of the Olympic Trials cut in the 50 (23.19).

At the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West, Dowdall scored in the 50 free and 100 free, taking 19th in both and reaching a lifetime best in the 100 free (44.72).

The Princeton men finished runners-up at the 2020 Ivy League Championships behind Harvard. The sprint free was a weaker discipline for the Tigers there, with just two B-finalists in the 100 free and two C-finalists in the 50 free. With his times from his junior HS season, Dowdall is already at C-final level scoring in both events.

Meanwhile, Dowdall’s 100 fly best would’ve gotten him into the 100 fly B-final at the meet. He joins twin divers Taso and George CallananBrett Feyerick and Tyler Hong in Princeton’s class of 2025.

*Note: A verbal commitment between an Ivy League coach and a prospective student-athlete is not an offer of admission, as only the Admission Office has that authority. The coach can only commit his or her support in the admission process. Ivy League Admission Offices do not issue “Likely Letters” before October 1 of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year of high school. The Likely Letter, while issued after an initial read of the student’s application, is not an offer of admission to the university.

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6 months ago

Great seeing the Tigers land such a great sprinter! Looks like he hasn’t had tapered swims since last December, hopeful this means he has more time to drop soon!

6 months ago

The Sprint Group gains another! Great pickup for the tigers.

6 months ago

Looks like another really solid commitment with big upside for the tigers. Awesome how good (and deep) the Ivy League is year after year.

6 months ago

Finn sounds like a great addition to the program. Congrats to him and to Princeton. Go Tigers!

6 months ago

Hooray quick twitch fibers!

Jim Tuchler
6 months ago

Hey Finn, Welcome to being a Tiger! Gonna be a great 4 years!

Josh Glantz
6 months ago

Looking forward to seeing Finn race in black and orange!!!!

6 months ago

Watch this kid go 19 point mid freshman year once Matt starts training him. Those times are from over a year ago. Great win for Princeton.

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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