Chris Yeager, our #10 recruit on the list of top 20 boys in the high school class of 2017, has given his verbal commitment to the University of Texas. Yeager won’t travel far when he heads off to college, as he swims for Nitro in Austin.
“I chose to swim at the University of Texas because of its incredible team atmosphere and legendary coaching. The academics at the University also fit exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to start my time as a Longhorn!”
Yeager is no stranger to the Longhorns’ swimming and diving program; his sister, Erin Yeager, was a four-year member of the women’s team from 2012-2016. The younger brother is one of the country’s rising distance stars. He has the 26th-fastest 1650y time in history for 17-18 boys, and the 35th 1000 free. In long-course meters, he is ranked #71 in the 400 free and #47 in the 1500. And he still has another year to improve his positions. He finished 19th in the 1500m free and 24th in the 400m free at 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and was runner-up in both the 1650y free and 1000y free and fourth in the 500y free at 2015 Winter Juniors West last December.
His top times are:
Yeager is 2.5 seconds away from the 16th-place time at the 2016 NCAA Division I Championships. While he will arrive just after Clark Smith’s graduation, he will have one of the top distance training groups in the country with Townley Haas, Jeff Newkirk, Jonathan Roberts, and Thomas Colket.
Yeager will join Luke Bowman in the Texas class of 2021.
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