David Tao of the Alamo Area Aquatic Association and O’Connor High School in San Antonio, Texas has committed to the United States Air Force Academy.
Tao, a breaststroker, finished 4th at last year’s Texas High School 6A State Championship meet (big schools), where he swam a 56.48. That also makes him the top returning breaststroker in the state, and the only non-senior that finished in the top 6 at the state meet last season.
Excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the United States Air Force Academy! #GoFalcons pic.twitter.com/vcOfNSxhfR
— David (@dayvdd) January 4, 2019
His best times in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke are both Winter Juniors cuts, and he’s good enough in all 4 strokes to expect future development in the 200 IM as well. He swam the 6 fastest 100 breaststroke times of his life in the 2018 calendar year,
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 21.58
- 100 free – 46.89
- 50 breast – 26.45
- 100 breast – 56.23
- 200 breast – 2:03.49
- 100 fly – 50.49
- 100 back – 52.91
- 200 IM – 1:53.32
Tao’s best time in the 200 breaststroke would rank him 2nd on Air Force’s team this season, behind only Zachary Nelson (1:58.22). His 100 breaststroke would put him 3rd behind juniors Nelson (54.68) and Andrew Weiss (55.57). It took a 56.5, which Tao is already faster than, to qualify for the B-Final at last year’s WAC Championship in the 100 breaststroke. His 2:03.49 also would have been good enough for a B-Final.
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