The First 159 Verbal Commitments from the High School Class of 2019

Once upon a time, July 1st was the starting block for the college recruiting season. Last year at this time we remarked that 82 rising high school seniors from the class of 2018, including 13 of our top 20 boys and 10 of our top 20 girls, had committed to collegiate programs. We contrasted that to July 1st, 2016, when the total number of verbal commitments was 28.

This year we’re off to an even quicker start: 14 boys and 17 girls from our top-20 lists (boys are here; girls are here) from the class of 2019, with 159 swimmers and divers overall (and many more names on the list, waiting for their articles to be published), have announced their intention to compete at the collegiate level in the fall of 2019. Here are the colleges that have received early pledges:

Team M&W Combined 2019 Commits
Alabama 1
Arizona State 11
Auburn 7
Cal 10
Duke 3
Duquesne 1
Florida 7
Florida State 4
Georgia 5
Georgia Tech 1
Indiana 8
Kentucky 6
Louisville 3
Miami (OH) 2
Michigan 7
Minnesota 3
Missouri 4
NC State 10
Nebraska 1
North Carolina 4
Notre Dame 5
Ohio State 5
Penn State 1
Purdue 1
Queens (NC) 1
South Carolina 2
Stanford 1
Tennessee 5
Texas 10
Texas A&M 1
Vanderbilt 1
Virginia 17
Virginia Tech 2
Grand Total 159

Our SwimSwam Commitment Databases give a snapshot of where the collegiate swimmers are coming from and for whom they have committed to swim. As always, you can sort by club team, college, conference, home state, school, LSC, etc. We are updating the database constantly, so remember to refresh it regularly.

High School Class of 2019 Verbal Commitments

As a reminder, here is our list of commitments from the class of 2018:

High School Class of 2018 Verbal Commitments


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Swimmers Ear
3 years ago

Not all the precincts have been reported. (I.e. Stanford, TAM, etc) But the stats so far are interesting. And the follow-up articles are even more interesting. Thanks Swimswam. Keep it coming.

3 years ago

NC State men, Cal women, Texas M/W, Virginia M/W. Wow. Big-time for these programs.

3 years ago

According to, Andrew Gray (Edina (MN) H.S. and Edina Swim Club) has also verbally committed to Arizona St.

S. Kloss
3 years ago

Virginia with 17 commits!!….what’s happening at Virginia may end up in tears when some of those $$$ promises won’t be kept. There is only so much money to go around.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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