Texas A&M Mines a Gem in the Class of 2020: Latecomer to Swimming Kraig Bray

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High school senior Kraig Bray of Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas has verbally committed to the Texas A&M Aggies. Bray was one

Bray was a late-comer to the sport: he didn’t start swimming competitively, at any level, until the 8th grade. “I always liked being in the pool and they had the swim team here, so I figured I might as well give it a try,” said Bray as he recalled his start as a competitive swimmer to the Corpus Christi Caller in January. “I kind of just stuck with it.

Bray caught up in a hurry. In February, Bray was the Texas 5A (smaller schools) State Champion in the 50 free (20.51) and the runner-up in the 100 free (44.81). His best time came at the regional meet in 20.28.

One of the top remaining uncommitted swimmers in the class of 2020, Bray is a diamond last-minute addition to the Aggies’ class of 2024.

He doesn’t have the same deep event breadth as most swimmers of his caliber – the USA Swimming times database only has times for him in 5 events. He’s never swum a race attached to a USA Swimming club, and his long course times so far lag well behind his short course times (25.00 in the 50 free, 55.03 in the 100 free).

Top Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 20.28
  • 100 free – 44.81
  • 100 back – 51.04
  • 100 fly – 49.54

Time Progression:

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
50 free 24.4 21.94 21.06 20.28
100 free 53.61 44.81
100 back 1:00.24 53.32 52.55

The Aggies have had success mining talent out of South Texas before: a region that doesn’t produce a great depth of top-level swimmers, but does produce the occasional star. Shaine Casas, a U.S. National Teamer and Texas A&M’s biggest star, is from McAllen, Texas, which is about 100 miles down Texas’ Gulf Coast.

Bray’s progression mirrors that of the Aggie men. In 2017, the Aggies finished 16th at NCAAs and 7th at the SEC Championships. In 2020, the team was 2nd at the SEC Championships, and seeded for a 6th-place finish (swimming only) at the NCAA Championships before that meet was canceled over coronavirus fears.

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Ooof

Woah there, slow down with that comparison, but great addition to class of 2024.

Here Comes Lezak

Go crush it Kraig and don’t listen to the comment section!

OOOF

Not trying to be negative towards Kraig whatsoever, but I’m entitled to my opinion and that is not a good comparison to make.

PsychoDad

Good to see tallent stays in Texas this year. 7 to TAMU and 4 to Longhorns among Top 25.

Texas A&M Swim Fan

It continues to only get “better & better”!! Congrats Kraig & welcome to our Aggie Family! We will continue to gig em forever👍👍

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