Sprinter Ben Kutufaris (2023) Makes Verbal Commitment to Alabama

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Ben Kutufaris from Springfield, Pennsylvania has announced his verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Alabama beginning in the fall of 2023.

“I am honored to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at The University of Alabama! I’d like to thank my family, coaches, teammates, and future coaching staff for all their support. Roll Tide!! I chose Alabama because of their top notch facilities, great team, and amazing coaching staff. I believe that we will contend for conference and national titles each year and I am so excited for what the future holds!”

Kutufaris is a junior at Malvern Preparatory School where he swims and plays water polo. He grew up playing football and basketball, running track, and swimming, and only just dedicated himself full-time to the latter during his sophomore year of high school. And yet, the multi-faceted athlete (he is a varsity letter winner in Water Polo and Track & Field at Malvern Prep) has been named to the NISCA All-American Team in both of his high school seasons. As a sophomore, he had top-ten finishes at the 2021 Eastern Interscholastic (Virtual) Championships in the 50, 100 and 200 free and was tabbed First Team All Mainline and First team DLN.

Swimming for his club team, Ridley Area YMCA Stingrays, Kutufaris finished 6th in the 200 free, 8th in the 100 free, and 9th in the 50 free at the 2021 YMCA National Festival Meet. He won the 50/100 free and placed third in the 200 free at the 2021 Inter-Ac Championships.

Kutufaris is a USA Swimming Futures qualifier in the 50/100/200 free, and making great strides in other events, too. He will join the Alabama class of 2027 with Connor Carlile.

Best SCY times:

  • 50 free – 21.40
  • 100 free – 46.26
  • 200 free – 1:41.64
  • 500 free – 4:44.51
  • 100 breast – 59.88
  • 200 breast – 2:14.67
  • 100 fly – 54.39

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Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

Alabama is dogwater! Bad choice!

Swimm
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

Still mad they took some of IU’s best women a few years ago?

Chas E
Reply to  Swimm
1 month ago

Those swimmers came to Bama for a different coach. And Bama will be solid until those women leave/graduate/transfer/quit.

Gus
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

Hoosier- that’s some tough talk. Bet your a panty-waisted wimp behind the name…
Be happy for the kid.

Michelle
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

Boy, “Hoosier Daddy”…. you are a ray of sunshine when kids announce their commitment. A real pleasure to read. Eyeroll.

H. Updyke
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

To Hoosier Daddy – How big of a giant POS can you be to rain on this kid’s parade? It’s already pretty gutless to troll around and spread your negativity but you’ve taken it to a new level. Strong program, weak program, DI or NAIA any student athlete furthering their career in college should be applauded. Anyone who was actually a swimmer knows that.

Gus
Reply to  H. Updyke
1 month ago

Well said.

Tommy
1 month ago

He’s next up, just watch

drew b
Reply to  Tommy
1 month ago

with times like this?

John
1 month ago

kids a pimp

AJ
1 month ago

He’s gonna have a GREAT time at bama. #wherethezetasat

coachymccoachface
1 month ago

Why would this kid commit this early with these times? I gets he’s an athlete and new to swimming but like what? Is anyone else just confused

Bri
Reply to  coachymccoachface
1 month ago

He is a 6’4 freak athlete who just started full time swimming. I think he’ll be ok.

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Bri
1 month ago

Recruiting is pretty much done on what you have done though. Like those times are eye popping. This is like a mid major recruit at best.

HJones
Reply to  coachymccoachface
1 month ago

I don’t even think most of the Ivy’s would give support in admissions to someone with these times. Realistically, in 2021 these are the types of times that high academic D3’s (like MIT, UChicago, WashU, JHU) are looking to recruit.

drew b
Reply to  Bri
1 month ago

freaky eyebrows you mean

PhillyMark
Reply to  coachymccoachface
1 month ago

Probably because DelCo

connor
1 month ago

the girlfriends are proud

NCAA>ISL
1 month ago

I hope he has a lot more room to improve with more training.

Last edited 1 month ago by NCAA>ISL

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