Stanford Men Sign 5 to Official Letters of Intent in the Early Signing Period

Editor’s note: Per NCAA rules, colleges are only allowed to announce swimmers who signed Letters of Intent after the early signing period, which means swimmers who will be on scholarship. There may be other members of the class who did not sign in the early period or who signed only ceremonially. 

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford’s Goldman Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp recently announced the signing of five student-athletes who will continue their academic and athletic careers on The Farm.

The quintet, originating from coast to coast, includes Jack Walsh (Ann Arbor, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central), Ryan Dudzinski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), Brad Zdroik (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Abrahm DeVine (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) and Matt Anderson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Aracadia).

“Our recruiting plan is fairly simple and has been consistent from year to year — recruit the nation’s very best swimming student-athletes. This helps us create the best environment and culture for our current and future success,” said Knapp. “This year, we put a little extra focus on those that not only will be NCAA scorers in individual events, but will be significant contributors on as many relays as possible.”


Jack Walsh • 5-11 • 165 • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Detroit Catholic Central • Plymouth-Canton Cruisers

Top Times: 100 back (48.05), 200 back (1:46.82), 200 IM (1:48.54), 400 IM (3:52.10), 100 fly (49.58), 200 fly (1:48.14)

Knapp on Walsh: “Jack will contribute immediately in the backstroke events (individual and relay) and will add quality depth to our 200 and 400 IM group. He’s a great underwater talent.”

The Walsh File
• 2014 Junior Nationals seven-time finalist … 2014 state champion in 100 back … 2014 state runner-up in 200 IM … Six-time age group state record holder (13-14: 100 and 200 back, 15-16: 100 and 200 back, 200 fly, 400 IM) … School record holder in three events … National Honor Society … Two-time Scholastic All-America.


Ryan Dudzinski • 6-0 • 175 • Pittsburgh, Pa. • Upper St. Clair • Upper St. Clair Swim Club

Top Times: 50 free (20.02), 100 free (44.16), 200 free (1:40.26), 100 back (46.76), 200 back (1:45.94), 100 fly (47.44)

Knapp on Dudzinski: “Ryan has the talent to be an NCAA scorer his freshman year and could help on at least three relays. He has tremendous leadership abilities.”

The Dudzinski File
• 12-time All-American … 2014 state champion and record holder in 100 fly … 2014 state champion in 400 free relay … Ranks nationally as one of the top three sprint back and fly specialists … Two siblings, Kyle and Brittany, both swim in college … National Honor Society … ETHICS president.


Brad Zdroik • 6-3 • 175 • Hillsborough, N.J. • Hillsborough • Somerset Valley YMCA

Top Times: 50 free (20.32), 100 free (44.74), 200 free (1:38.50), 100 back (48.88), 100 fly (49.99), 200 IM (1:51.91)

Knapp on Zdroik: “Brad has tremendous sprint ability, mostly in the 50 and 100 free, but could be a sleeper in the sprint back and fly. He will contribute immediately his freshman year.”

The Zdroik File
• Third at 2014 YMCA Short Course National Championships in 50 free (fastest non-senior) … Third at 2014 YMCA Long Course National Championships in 50 free (fastest non-senior) … Second in 50 free at 2014 state meet.


Abrahm DeVine • 6-2 • 160 • Seattle, Wash. • Lakeside • Cascade Swim Club

Top Times: 500 free (4:26.85), 1,650 free (15:31.15), 200 fly (1:46.28), 200 IM (1:47.60), 400 IM (3:45.46)

Knapp on DeVine: “Abrahm impressed me this summer with his feel for the water and stroke mechanics. He joins a great IM group and will have tremendous college success.”

The DeVine File
• 2015 United States National Junior Team … 2014 FINA 18-under World Cup Team … Second at 2014 Summer Junior Nationals in 400 IM and 200 IM … 2014 All-America … 2013 All-America … State record holder in 200 IM … Three-time state champion … Club record holder in multiple events and age groups.


Matt Anderson • 6-5 • 185 • Scottsdale, Ariz. • Aracadia • Phoenix Swim Club

Top Times: 50 free (20.90), 100 breast (54.27), 200 breast (1:57.40), 200 IM (1:50.13), 400 IM (3:56.98)

Knapp on Anderson: “Matt is a talented and focused young swimmer. Along with his obvious breaststroke success, we might be able to get some sprint-free out of him.”

The Anderson File
• 2014 Olympic Trials qualifier … 2014 Junior National runner-up in 200 breast … Six-time Arizona state champion … State record holder in 100 breast … School record holder in 100 breast, 200 IM and 200 medley relay … 2014 Scholastic All-America … Three-time team MVP … National Honor Society.

Above is a press release from Stanford Athletics.

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Joel Lin
6 years ago

Congrats to these young men.

Going on close to a quarter century ago when Stanford had John Moffet, Pablo Morales and Jeff Kostoff in the same recruiting class. Has there ever been a trio like that before or since?

Joel Lin
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

Braden, It would make a fascinating read to see which classes scored the most NCAA points in four years, the All-Time highest duo’s or threes in the same class. I believe Morales is one of very few who went 12 for 12 in NCAA individual events making him a 240 individual point man over his NCAA career, and he was on all Stanford relays which scored monster points to add up. Morales is my all time #1 NCAA male swimmer. Not sure if Ryk Neethling and Roland Schoeman were same year at Zona. Hansen, Crocker at UT Barrett and Leamy at UCLA, Spitz and another at IU. Knowing nothing going in, I would bet on Morales, Moffet and Kostoff as… Read more »

Joel Lin
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Self correction: Pablo went 11 for 12 in individual NCAA events.

Also, Pablo won all of these titles and medals at two Olympiads wearing no goggles. Nerd trivia alert, I think he and Steve Lundquist are the only NCAA or international meet champions to be goggle-less post 1980. Phelps has zero Olympic medals with no goggles and zero Olympic medals with a mustache. Bulletin board THAT for the comeback baby!

More history
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

The 200 free and medley relays were added after Pablo and Jeff (maybe 1988?) and the scoring went from 12 to 16 too, so the points changed for wins I believe. Freshman couldn’t swim at NCAA’s in the early 70’s I think, but I beleive John Naber may have gone a perfect 9 for 9 in his 3 years of eligibility.

Wahooswimfan
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Its hard to recall who was in each class, but Counsilman’s Indiana team classes of the 60s, era of Hickox, Spitz, Hall, Kinsella and others probably have several years that could top that

Card Historian
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

I believe John was in the class of 1986 while Pablo and Jeff were in the class of 1987. Points-wise, the 1994 Stanford class (Retterer, Mayfield, Weatherford, Zedlitz, Schell) scored more than anyone at the time. Not sure if another class has put up points to pass them yet.

vppolo
6 years ago

Time flies. More than a quarter century, as they graduated HS in 1983.

As for comparisons, let’s see how Manuel, Hu, Howe and Weitzell, McLaughlin, Baker, and Bilquist turn out.

Andrew
6 years ago

I think Grevers and Alexandrov were in the same class……

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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