West Point Commits Hadley King, Campbell Payton on Being First Verbals for 2024

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Army West Point Commits Hadley King and Campbell Payton, the first two athletes to make their verbal commitments from the high school class of 2024. Both girls tell us why West Point was the school for them and what they hope to gain in and out of the pool. They chose West Point for different reasons but had a similar timeline for their recruitment process. Each athlete gives perspective on what they took away from their experience and what they would tell others that are still going through college recruitment.

Music: Otis McDonald

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Steve Nolan
1 year ago

Huh, surprised this post didn’t get as much flamin’ as the Alabama decommit Marine.

Wonder if that’s b/c these two’ll still swim?? We’ll never know

Dressel GOAT
1 year ago

@Coleman, are we gonna have a Swimswam Breakdown today?

Last edited 1 year ago by Dressel GOAT
John Hueth
1 year ago

Two HUGE pick ups for West Point. Whatever that coach is doing over there, he’s doing it right.

1 year ago

Forgive me if they answer this is the interview, I don’t have the attention span for most of these. But how did they commit so early? From what I’ve heard the military academies have super intense application processes which usually makes them some of the last commitments. How can the school give their word they’ll get in before all of that?

Reply to  Klorn8d
1 year ago

If you prefer, they’re all available on all of the usual podcast audio sites too so you can listen while driving or doing other things.

It’s a question for all athletes, but an even bigger one for the academies and Ivies. In the last few years, the perspective seems to have changed – kids and coaches are more willing to make the announcements early and then just live with the consequences of the change of commitment if they don’t get in. Up until maybe 5 years ago, that was tabu.

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