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Fort Collins, Colorado’s Jack Ballard has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota for the 2022-23 school year.
“I committed to The University of Minnesota for it’s [sic] incredible academics, amazing coaching staff, and amazing team culture (as well as a sick mascot). Go Golden Gophers!!”
Ballard is a junior at Fort Collins High School where, as a freshman, he placed 4th in the 500 free (4:40.25/ 4:35.25 altitude-adjusted) and 8th in the 200 free (1:44.25/ 1:43.05 altitude-adjusted) at the 2019 Colorado High School 5A Boys State Championships. His sophomore season was canceled last spring due to COVID.
Ballard swims year-round with the Fort Collins Area Swim Team. He has been on a rampage since the post-pandemic reopening of the pools last summer, improving his lifetime bests in the LCM 200 free and the SCY 50/100/200 free, 100/200 back, 50/100 breast, 50/100 fly, and 100/200/400 IM.
In December, he competed at FAST’s Winter Showcase and updated his PBs in the 200 free and 400 IM. Two weeks later he swam at the CSC-Lakeside Winter Dual and notched PBs in the 50/100 free and 200 IM as well as the 200m free (1:57.86).
Best SCY times:
- 400 IM – 3:57.01
- 200 free – 1:39.35
- 500 free – 4:33.60
- 200 breast – 2:04.89
- 100 breast – 58.08
Ballard will suit up for the Golden Gophers in the class of 2026 with Alec Enyeart, who also announced his commitment today.
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