NCAA Champion Diver Jordan Windle Will Return to Texas for 5th Year at Texas

On the same day as head swimming & diving coach Eddie Reece announced his retirement, the Texas Longhorns got a boost when one other key member of their 2021 NCAA title-winning team announced he would return next season.

University of Texas national champion diver Jordan Windle plans to return to Austin for a 5th season with the varsity program. That makes Windle the highest-profile swimmer or diver so far to announce that he would take advantage of a special rule enacted by the NCAA this season where any athlete who competes in the winter 2020-2021 sports season, which includes swimming & diving, will have the opportunity to extend their eligibility by 1 year because of the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Because Windle is staying at the University of Texas, and not transferring, for that 5th season of eligibility, his scholarship will be exempt from the limit of 9.9 scholarship equivalents per season afforded to NCAA Division I programs.

Windle won the 1-meter title at the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, soaring 20 points ahead of his freshman teammate Noah Duperre. He also finished 2nd on 3-meter and 4th on platform.

His 52 individual points made him the 4th highest-performing athlete of the whole competition, behind only swimmers Shaine Casas, Ryan Hoffer, and Bobby Finke. For his efforts, Windle was named the CSCAA Diver of the Year.

Windle was part of a big Texas effort on the boards where, along with Duperre, sophomore Andrew Harness, and freshman Brendan McCourt, the Longhorns scored 83 diving points as part of a 27-point margin of victory over the runner-up Cal Bears.

Depending on who returns from a powerful Cal senior class, and a substantial gap between those two programs to the rest of the country, Windle’s decision to return makes the Longhorns heavy favorites to reapeat their championship next season, albeit with a new head coach in charge.

Windle was also the 2019 NCAA Champion on platform.

Windle represented the United States at the 2015 World Championships, where he finished in 9th place on mixed synchronized 3-meter with Abby Johnston, and at the 2017 World Championships, where he finished in 26th place on platform. A native of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Windle was adopted from Cambodia at 18 months old. He and his dad Jerry Windle co-authored a children’s book called “An Orphan No More…the True Story of a Boy” about their experiences with adoption.

In general, there has not been a rush of seniors flooding to take advantage of the opportunity. For those elite seniors, like Windle, who do, this would restore them to 4 NCAA Championship opportunities after the 2020 championships were canceled.

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Horninco
5 months ago

Texas has a couple more good divers (hopefully) coming in

Really curious to see if Hoffer pursues the money it the ISL or if he comes back for one more shot. Same for a few of the other Cal seniors.

Not sure if Staka/Jiang and Grieshop/Carr etc would give it more go

Gonna be interesting

tea rex
Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

I wonder for someone like Trenton Julian, if finishing 2nd individually plays into their decision. I know he wanted that 200 fly.

Side question: don’t expect he will, but could Dean Farris potentially come back and swim 2 more seasons at Harvard with the ruling?

Swimmer
Reply to  tea rex
5 months ago

I just wonder if Harvard makes their swimmers graduate in 4 years, because I know at least at Princeton you have to graduate in 4

TAK
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

Can swimmers compete as grad students in the Ivy league?

SIRHC
Reply to  TAK
5 months ago

Typically the answer is no, but this year’s seniors (class of 21) are allowed to compete as grad students.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  tea rex
5 months ago

Dean being a 7th year ‘senior’ would be awesome

wethorn
Reply to  tea rex
5 months ago

Dean – come get your MBA at Texas! You know you love ATX.

Horninco
Reply to  wethorn
5 months ago

Farris to Texas= people on SS lose their sanity

swimmerTX
Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

https://www.usaswimming.org/news/2021/01/11/sean-grieshop-adapts-improves-during-pandemic-year

Looks like Grieshop is interested in medical school and graduating in the fall. Don’t know any of the Bears’ specific circumstances, but I have a feeling they may be ready to move on from the collegiate scene. Regardless of what happens, proud of these guys and all of their contributions.

Aquajosh
Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

Hoffer in particular would be nuts not to strike while the iron is hot and join the ISL. He had a dream NCAA meet individually, and with those underwaters, he could make a ton of money on the ISL and World Cup circuits a la Tom Shields.

Bay City Tex
5 months ago

Jordan’s decision just made the Horns’ recruiting class that much better!

Whoa
5 months ago

Cal fans find this to be unfair….

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