Tennessee Adds Second Big International Sprinter for Fall of 2013

Polish Olympian Kacper Majchrzak has committed to be a Tennessee Volunteer, making him the second huge sprint signing for the Tennessee class of 2013.

Majchrzak will join Australian Luke Percy to rocket Tennessee up the national recruiting class rankings with a very late-charging class.

“I wanted to join a great team with the possibility to compete every day and every workout to be the best that I can be,” Majchrzak said. “I know that at Tennessee, my dream can come true. I will have a great opportunity to join studying and swimming on a high level. I know that with this team I can prepare and win a gold medal at the Olympic Games as well.”

The sprinter has flat-start bests of 22.49 in the 50 free and 49.45 in the 100 free to go with a 56.99 in the 100 fly. In addition to an individual swim in the 50 free, Majchrzak swam the anchor leg of Poland’s 16th-place medley relay in London, where he split a 49.7.

The paperwork is expected to be completed this weekend to officially make Majchrzak a member of the Volunteers’ future.

He is a bit older than Percy – Majchrzak turns 21 in the fall – but both swimmers are expected to get four years of eligibility, which means bright things for the future of Tennessee. In recent memory, Percy’s 22.2 and Majchrzak’s 22.4 make these two of the best three 50 freestylers to ever enter the NCAA (considering long course times). The third would be Vlad Morozov, who was also a 22.4 on his way in to USC.

What really makes the signing exciting is that the Volunteers now enter the fall with five swimmers for four spots on their 400 free relay (Tristan Slater, Dam Rairden, Jacob Thulin, plus the two incoming freshmen) and a similar situation in the 200 free relay. That competitiveness could lead to some fireworks in practice, and is a luxury that the Volunteers haven’t seen much of the last few years.

Add to these two sprinters a pair of top distance recruits in Evan Pinon and David Heron, and the Volunteers have put together a small, but very impressive, incoming freshman class.

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Matty T.
7 years ago

Kacper is looking at more so 2 years with the vols not 4 like the article suggest.

CraigH
7 years ago

I thought the NCAA Div. 1 clock starts at 19 with a 5 year window to complete 4 years no matter what, unless there are very unusual circumstances, such as church missions, mandatory military service, etc. As long as he is still 20 years old on the first day of classes, I guess that means he would be fine. He just won’t have any wiggle room for injury years or transfers.

Reid
Reply to  CraigH
7 years ago

There must be some other exceptions, since Columbia’s Dominik Koll is 28, and there have definitely been other NCAA swimmers in there late 20s.

duckduckgoose
Reply to  CraigH
7 years ago

Chris Weinke played minor league baseball for 7 years and was 25 when he entered Florida State. He was the oldest Heisman Trophy winner at 28. Think the 5 year clock starts with enrollment as a full time student and don’t see why it would be different for for various sports covered by the NCAA.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  duckduckgoose
7 years ago

I don’t know if the rules are different depending on the sport, but for D 1 Swimming, you have 5 years/10 semesters to complete your 4 years of eligibility starting after you graduate HS. Their are other circumstances with serving military time, but I doubt we’re dealing with that here. If you take a year off to train for the Olympics, that just counts as your “1 year off” so it doesn’t hurt you as long as it’s the only time you weren’t enrolled. Look at when he graduated HS. He has 1 year to do whatever he wants (work for a year, train at home, travel, whatever), then regardless if he’s enrolled in a University or not, after that,… Read more »

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
7 years ago

I didn’t read the last comment before I posted. Looked like he served military time, so there are other rules for that. Unfortunately since I haven’t dealt with that, I do not know them. Maybe he will have the full 4 years. Yes, there have been swimmers, I remember a flyer from South Carolina in the mid 2000s named Zsolt Gasper, or something like that, who was 26, put up some great times at their mid year meet, and was ruled permanently ineligible shortly after. I’m not sure why, but I remember later on, there was a rule put in place so in D 1, you wouldn’t be seeing these really old swimmers competing. D 2 is a different story… Read more »

Billy
7 years ago

With scholarship money being tight for D-1 men’s swimming programs, I always wonder where student/athletes from former eastern block countries and other countries around the globe get the dough to attend school in the US.

A four year college education can get very pricey for regular folks. Are their national swimming federations financing their educations? Can anyone shed any light on this topic?

I’m just curious……

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