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.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected]


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Jonny Newsom
6 years ago

Welcome to the Golden Bear family and congrats on a great decision. #bearfam

6 years ago


6 years ago

Great choice if you want to be on a winning NCAA team! Great choice if you want great academics! Great choice!

6 years ago

Betrayal of the worst kind.

Swim mom
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
6 years ago

Bob, you must be a Texan.

6 years ago

Wow, Cal is stacked for next year! Looks like Texas might actually go down. I thought he’d go to Texas, but Cal is a great choice as well.

6 years ago

Yeah Texas will totally win next year

pine tree
6 years ago

ATB Sean!!!

6 years ago

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 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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