Texas Men Reel in Verbal Commit from 6A 200 Free Record-Holder Alex Zettle

The University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team keeps charging ahead building its class of 2022. After hearing from Charlie Scheinfeld, Daniel Krueger, and Drew Kibler earlier this spring, the Longhorns have now received a verbal commitment from in-state standout Alex Zettle. He said on Instagram:

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Texas to continue my academic and swimming career. It’s an honor to join the longhorn family. Hook’em!”

Zettle is a junior at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is the double-defending Texas 6A champion in the 200 free, and he set the Texas state and 6A record in the event at the UIL Swimming and Diving State Meet this past February with 1:36.27. He won the 200/500 free double as a sophomore, and was runner-up in the 500 as a junior.

Zettle does his year-round swimming with Lakeside Aquatic Club. He won the 100/400/800m freestyles and was runner-up in the 200m free at the Austin Futures last summer, and an A-finalist in the 200/500y freestyles at Winter Juniors. His best SCY times include:

  • 200 free – 1:36.22
  • 500 free – 4:19.73
  • 1000 free – 9:12.47
  • 1650 free – 15:20.36
  • 400 IM – 3:57.83

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Matthew willenbring also committed to UT today


What makes you say Matthew Willenbring has committed to Texas? I can’t find anything that shows that.


When was the last time a 200 freestyler did anything at Texas?


And I am still shocked that NC State broke UT 800 free relay National Records by more than 1 sec




I’ll have you know, swimgeek, alex is a fine young man and a great swimmer too. He’ll be sure to do great things for the Texas men. I sense an Aggie fan perhaps? Sad!

Torpsquad – SwimGeek is not an Aggie fan, but he is one of the longest-tenured swimming historians on earth. Most of our commenters know that, and so got his joke – Texas had 3 swimmers on the 800 free relay in Rio, and has had 200 freestylers on every Olympic team since…I dunno, for a long time. This might be useful to you going forward – there’s not much rivalry between the Texas and Texas A&M men in swimming. The A&M men are improving, but even if they ever get on Texas’ level, they weren’t really on that level when the two were in the same conference, and now that A&M is in the SEC, it’s lost a lot of… Read more »


As a former Texas A & M Swimmer I take great offense to this! Our women’s team BEAT Texas this year! And our Men are a top 20 program!

TEXAGG – the comment very clearly says “men’s swimming.” There is no true rivalry in men’s swimming. I believe the last time A&M beat Texas was in the late 1950s. That’s no rivalry. Even if A&M returned to being a top 10 program, until they’re battling Texas for national championships, they won’t ever be rivals – and here’s the key – because they’re no longer in the same conference. It’s hard to develop rivalries in different conferences. In swimming, we’ve seen it occasionally (Auburn vs. Texas, Texas vs. Cal), but it’s only when there’s sustained periods of both teams competing for NCAA titles. A&M’s most heated rivals in men’s swimming, from my perspective, has been SMU for years. They’re also… Read more »


Take all the offense you want but keep it to yourself


Anyone else thing he looks like Townley??

bobo gigi

That’s exactly what I thought.


Fact, I’m glad someone said something

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