Zach Apple, the best incoming freshman who has been disenfranchised by Western Kentucky University’s decision to suspend their swimming program for 5 years, has re-committed to Auburn.
The 6’6″ product from the Greater Miami Valley YMCA in Ohio has only been swimming seriously for two years, but already has put in impressive sprint freestyle times. Apple’s best times in yards:
- 50 free – 20.36
- 100 free – 44.59
- 200 free – 1:38.31
Apple’s relative newness to full-blown competitive swimming has resulted in a relatively narrow lineup of events (he has no official breaststroke races on his record, for example), but his potential is mouth-watering.
Even as a senior (since the fall signing period alone) his best time in the 100 free improved by over two seconds. He swam 46.7 as a junior, and has no records in the SWIMS database prior to November of 2013, when he went just 50.38.
Auburn returns their top four 100 yard freestylers from last season (all of whom were in the top seven in the SEC) and every member of their 200, 400, and 800 freestyle relays from the NCAA Championships, so they are set in their relays, but do get a little thinner after that top group.
Earlier on Monday, Asia Quentin, another signed recruit in Western Kentucky’s class of 2016, announced that she was going to Arkansas.