Texas Longhorns hook commitment from Virginia state record-holder John Shebat

Nation’s Capital senior John Shebat has signed on to join the Texas Longhorns for next season, giving a fast-rising team another fast-rising youngster to be excited about.

Shebat has some impressive lifetime-bests, including Virginia state records in the 100 back and 200 IM. Even more impressive is that he only began swimming full-time after his sophomore year of high school, and before that was the quarterback of Oakton High’s football team.

Shebat’s Top Times

  • 50 free: 20.67
  • 100 free: 45.95
  • 50 back: 22.27
  • 100 back: 48.10
  • 200 back: 1:45.37
  • 200 IM: 1:50.23

He’ll bring a lot of versatility to a Texas lineup already built around several versatile young stars like Jack Conger and Joseph Schooling. Those backstroke times are probably most intriguing, though, and with the Longhorns graduating top backstroker Kip Darmody after this season, Shebat will be a welcome addition to the roster.

“I chose to go to Texas because I really felt a strong connection with the team and coaches,” Shebat said. “Not only is it a premier swim team but also one of the best schools academically in the nation. Hook’em Horns!”

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OHSCougar

KABOOM went the dynamite! Eddie and the Longhorn Nation have a great new addition to their wonderful family. Congratulation John!

mcmflyguy

hook em!

floppy

A fine choice, and I expect Shebat will do well at Texas and beyond. But “also one of the best schools academically in the nation”? Is there a certain program he’s planning on, or just being really generous?

Hillbilly Deluxe

you’re kidding me right?!!??!! “Generous” you obviously don’t know anything about the school! It is one of THE best there is

TheTroubleWithX

Guess it depends on how you want to define “one of the best.” US News has it ranked #52 out of national universities and #17 out of public schools, and it has an admissions rate of 40%. It’s not an Ivy League school, or a Cal, or UVA, but I don’t think it’s too big of a leap to say that out of roughly 2500 four-year colleges/universities in the US, it could be in the top 10-20% academically.

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