Sub-20 Relay Split Sprinter Grant Bochenski Commits to Missouri

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Illinois (club) State Champion Grant Bochenski has verbally committed to the University of Missouri. The rising high school senior is scheduled to arrive in the fall of 2021.

Bochenski joins a growing class of 2021 for the Tigers, which with 3 announced swimmers so far already almost matches the class of 2020 in size.

As a junior, at the Illinois Swimming Senior State Championships, Bochenski won both the 100 back (48.72) and 100 free (45.33) for the Maverick Swim Club. At the Illinois High School State Championship meet a week earlier, he finished 3rd in the 100 free and 7th in the 100 back for Naperville North High School. His time in the final of the 100 back was the fastest during the finals round, but the meet was in a 6-lane pool, so 7th place is winning the B final.

Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 20.74 (19.91 relay split)
  • 100 free – 44.51
  • 200 free – 1:39.42
  • 50 back – 22.79
  • 100 back – 48.72
  • 200 back – 1:50.22
  • 200 IM – 1:54.35

Bochenski’s backstroke times, especially in the 100, fits in well with Missouri’s historic strength in that event. The 100 and 200 yard backstrokes were 2 of the team’s 3 highest scoring events at the 2020 SEC Championships, and their best backstroker in the class of 2020, Mikolaj Malec, prefers the 200. Cade Oliver, a 48.5/1:45.2 backstroke, is also in the Tigers’ class of 2021.

He also adds some badly-needed depth to the Missouri sprint group. At last season’s SEC Championships, the Tigers’ 400 free relay finished 7th out of 10 teams, while the men’s relay finished 8th out of 10 teams.

The Tigers will bring in Oklahoma High School Record holder Daniel Wilson (20.09/43.42) and Iowa sprint State Champion Charlie Bunn (20.18/44.41) in the class of 2020 to address that problem as well.

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Swim mom
4 years ago

7th in the IHSA State Finals, with the fastest time in the field in the finals. Stupid 6 lane pools!

Reply to  Swim mom
4 years ago

It’s not fair to compare a swim where he had a body length lead on the field to the real final that had 3 swimmers who were 48s in prelims

Swim Mom
Reply to  John
4 years ago

A time is a time. Same pool. Same day. Fact – he was 7th. Fact: he swam in a 6 lane pool. Fact: he swam fast! Not taking anything away from anyone else: just stating some facts. Facts – everyone in the A final had the same opportunity to swim just has fast. Fact: my kid missed the finals and has awful swims at State.
Real final? Sounds like some sour grapes. Congrats to your swimmer.

JP input is too short
4 years ago

Some good pickups for the Tigers. Tough to reload after losing their two best backstrokers (Hein/Alexander), two best flyers (Slaton/Hein), and best breaststroker (Hicks) but these next two classes are a good start to filling those holes.

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