Second Team All-MAC Swimmer Oliver Patrouch will transfer from Buffalo to Indiana this fall, and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
In his rookie season at Buffalo, Patrouch swam best times in both the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyles, including huge drops from where he was coming out of high school. Patrouch also proved himself as an outstanding relay swimmer, with relay swims that far exceeded his flat-start times.
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While a year ago, Indiana’s biggest need would’ve been Patrouch’s freestyle sprints, they’ve developed that side of their team very well in a very short time, leaving the medleys now as their biggest relay weakness. That’s where Patrouch’s biggest value could be – his 46.87 is just two-tenths slower than what Max Irwin did at Big Ten’s on the 400 medley relay a few weeks ago.
At the least, Patrouch will be able to push Irwin in that group. He’s got potential to take the spot in the 200 medley relay as well, though he didn’t swim that leg for the Bulls, so there’s not a great data point for how fast he’d be there.
As for his old team, Buffalo, while this loss does hurt their depth (especially in the long-term), Antonio Lanzi returns for his senior season next year after having tied for 2nd in the MAC in the 100 free.