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.