Texas Two-For: Jonathan Roberts Also Commits to Longhorns

The Texas men waited a while to ramp up their recruiting class in 2014, but in one fell swoop they’ve gotten verbal commitments from the state’s two best recruits, and North Texas Nadadores teammates. The first came earlier tonight from Brett Ringgold, and shortly after Jonathan Roberts made his intentions clear as well.

Though both have range, they sit at totally opposite ends of the freestyle spectrum. Roberts is primarily a distance freestyler: he’s been 1:36.3, 4:20.0, 8:56.6, and 15:12.0 in the 200-1650 yard freestyles.

He’s also been 1:44.4 in the 200 yard back, 1:49.1 in the 200 yard fly, and 1:50.4/3:48.4 in the 200/400 yard IM’s.

Roberts is a member of the Junior National Team and swam at the Junior World Championships. There, he took 12th in the 400 free, 13th in the 800 free, and 10th in the 1500 free. He earned his way onto the team in part thanks to an explosive Junior National Championship in the 1500 free with a 15:24. That was a 20 second drop off of his best time coming into that meet.

With a 3:53.5 in the 500 free, he’s a very bright distance prospect for the United States looking toward the 2016 or 2020 Olympics.

Last year, the top two recruits in the state went to Wisconsin (Cannon Clifton and Brett Pinfold), but this year, the Longhorns have kept them in-state.

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Excellent news! About time to see some good swimmers from Dallas area coming down to Austin. I am sure singing Will Licon, from Texas, and Jack Conger this year helped in recruiting. Speaking of Dallas teams, Nitro is taking about 140 best swimmers this Saturday to Dallas area for a one day dual meet against the best team in Dallas, Lakeside Aquatics.

It seems you have a typo.
You mistyped that LAC is the best team in Dallas, where in any functioning, cognitive reality, it’d be a stretch to say they’re in the top three.

1. NTN
2. Dallas Mustangs
3. Open for debate, but Frisco would be my pick.

Back in like 2009, it would have been Plano by a country mile…


Agreed. LAC is a good team, but NTN is definitely the best team in Dallas. Too much weight is given to TAGS in the state of Texas. 14&U swimming is like the minor leagues of our sport. You don’t judge the strength of MLB team by how good their AAA & AA teams are, so why do we judge swimming in our state so much based on the younger age groups.
But Hayden you’ve got to be kidding about Frisco, they are very similar to LAC about 5 years ago. Good team with some nice momentum, but they don’t even belong in the discussion.

I thought long and hard about that third place opinion of mine. I decided on Frisco because they are a program on the rise that’s putting out some great swimmers, like Brayden Seal.
Some other programs I thought about were Rockwall and Metro. They too are programs that will be getting better not worse.


When at TAGS it is like being at the National Age Group Championsip which US Swimming better run soon.


And now Coach Steve Mateer from COPS is coaching for LAC. LAC will be taking over soon enough.

bobo gigi

Great day for the university of Texas!
Brett Ringgold, a sprinter
Jonathan Roberts, a distance freestyler and also a potential great 400 IMer
Huge picks!



You probably mean the 400 free


somehow I lost this piece –
With a 3:53.5 in the 500 free

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