While SwimSwam has yet to officially unveil its rankings for the high school class of 2017, superstar sprinter Ryan Hoffer will undoubtedly be our number 1-ranked swimmer. Ahead of that officially being declared, however, he has already made his decision and has verbally committed to Cal on Thursday.
Excited to announce that I have verbally committed to swim for University of California Berkeley!#gobears pic.twitter.com/1SNnbSYdeN
— Ryan Hoffer (@hoffer_ryan) April 21, 2016
That will fill a hole in Cal’s lineup that cost them a run at Texas and the NCAA team title last year, where they ultimately finished 2nd. While Cal was loaded with talent, including CSCAA Co-Swimmer of the Year Ryan Murphy, they lacked a sprint freestyle hammer to carry the team through.
Hoffer will bring that in spades, as he’s the second-fastest sprint freestyler to ever come out of high school after American and NCAA Record holder, and current Florida junior, Caeleb Dressel.
Hoffer’s best times in yards, along with where they would’ve placed at NCAAs last year, where relevant:
- 50 free – 19.06 (6th)
- 100 free – 41.23 (3rd)
- 200 free – 1:37.00
- 100 back – 45.58 (6th)
- 100 fly – 45.46 (5th)
While it’s not entirely uncommon for female swimmers to come out of high school with A-final worthy times, for male swimmers, this is a very rare phenomenon. Hoffer, had he swum his best times at NCAAs last year, would’ve scored a monstrous 43 individual points. He could fill either the backstroke or butterfly spots on Cal’s medley relay, remembering that there’s a full year season to go before he arrives on campus and the aforementioned Murphy will be graduated.
That 100 free time, done at last year’s West 2015 Speedo Junior National Championships meet, lit the world on fire with his astonishing underwaters. The swim ranked him as the 6th-fastest 100 yard freestyle in history at any age, and he did it while only 17 years old. He would rank 2nd only to defending Olympic 100 free champion Nathan Adrian on Cal’s all-time rankings with that swim.
In long course, Hoffer is a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team. His long course bests are 22.80 in the 50 free, 49.73 in the 100 free, 56.68 in the 100 back, and 52.89 in the 100 fly. He swam at the 2015 World Junior Championships, and led-off Team USA’s silver-medal winning 400 free relay in Singapore.
Last season, he would’ve been Cal’s fastest flat-start 50 freestyler by over three-tenths of a second, fastest flat-start 100 freestyler by 1.5 seconds, and their fastest flat-start 100 butterflier by .04 seconds.
There are only a handful of male swimmers in history who can join a team that has placed in the top 2 at NCAAs for the last 7 consecutive years and immediately become one of their two-or-three most significant contributors, but that’s the kind of talent that Hoffer is.
Hoffer currently attends Chaparral High School and swims for the Scottsdale Aquatic Club in Arizona. His uncle Brian Hoffer was the head coach at the University of Missouri for 18 years until resigning in 2010.