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.