After Sean Grieshop Verbal, Cal Has Commitments from #1-2-11-16

The number 2 recruit on our list of top 20 boys from the high school class of 2017, Sean Grieshop of Cedar Park, Texas, has made a verbal commitment to swim at the University of California, Berkeley next year. A senior at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School, Grieshop swims for Nitro Swimming in Austin and specializes in distance free and IM.

Already within scoring distance in the 500/1650 free and not far off in the 400 IM, Grieshop will be an immediate impact player for the Golden Bears. He is the Junior World Record-holder in the 400m IM, having taken down Brandonn Almeida’s (a recent verbal commit to South Carolina) world mark in prelims at U.S. Olympic Trials with 4:14.00. Grieshop now stands at #4 all-time among 17-18s in the event.

A member of the U.S. National Junior Team, Grieshop has represented Team USA at numerous international meets, including most recently at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup this past week. He also wore the stars and stripes at Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships this past summer, and at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore where he upset Almeida to win the 400m IM. He was also part of the American 4x200m free relay that broke the Junior World Record at that meet.

Grieshop won the 200/500/1000/1650y free and 400y IM at 2015 Speedo Winter Juniors West and was runner-up in the 200y breast and 200y IM; he put up lifetime SCY bests in the 200/500/1000 free, 200 breast, and 200/400 IM.

Best times:

  • 1650 free – 14:45.40
  • 500 free – 4:15.53
  • 400 IM – 3:44.30
  • 200 IM – 1:46.58
  • 200 free – 1:36.52
  • 200 breast – 1:58.85

The University of California, Berkeley class of 2021 is beginning to look particularly solid. So far, it consists of verbal commits Bryce Mefford, Daniel Carr, Jackson Gabler, James Daugherty, Jarod Hatch, and Ryan Hoffer, in addition to Grieshop.

So proud to announce my verbal commitment to the University of California at Berkeley. Go Bears!

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I literally just predicted this!! Congrats!




Wow, I thought for sure he would go Texas or Georgia. Maybe Florida, but seemed unlikely. I honestly did not think for a second he would choose Cal. Not that it’s a bad decision, or that he hasn’t thought about it a great a deal, I just really did not think he would choose Cal. In terms of swimming only, I’m sure that Cal Olympic group has a good deal to do with it (specifically Prenot), along with the stellar class they brought in this year and the slew of commitments that came in 2016. But with Haas, Licon, and Smith (people who fit his event set) at Texas and the huge IM group at Georgia I am just utterly… Read more »


He’s a bright kid who will fit in well at CAL.


Sean must march to his own drummer and be a very bright kid to leave home and swim for Cal. I understand the Texas support for their distance group, but I actually think Stanford is the “now” destination for pure distance swimmers. Sean will have both Seliskar and Prenot as IM partners at Cal which is a very high level group. Nick Norman, Ryan Kao and Shane Forker are in the distance group at Cal. Not at the level of Stanford or Texas, but not chopped liver and he will have Yuri on the pool deck.

Congratulations Sean and good luck at Berkeley. I look forward to seeing you swim in the Bay Area.


Cal has to be just about the most attractive place to go to at the moment after their Olympics.


I think that has to be his lineup. Could A final in those races freshman year. Huge pickup for Cal whose biggest (relative) weakness was distance free. Hoffer and Grieshop seemed to clearly be the two best recruits in the class (though Hoffer having the ability to be the second fastest 100 freestyler in is a whole other kind of valuable), and Cal is gonna have a smooth transition into life post-Murphy.

Will be excited to see if Grieshop tapers for the Juniors meet in December – he has had great meets there the last two years.

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Grieshop is now on the National Team for the 400IM. I wouldn’t expect him to swim JNATs anymore, but National and international meets representing the USA National team. Pretty incredible for a high school senior.


C’mon you remember high school. Didn’t you consider that maybe he just wanted to see a new part of the country and get out of Austin for a few years?


Congrats to Sean and the Grishop family!!! Can’t wait to cheer on the Bears with you!!! Allison Hoffer

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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