Will Modglin, #1 in 2023, Makes Verbal Pledge to Texas

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Zionsville, Indiana native Will Modglin has announced his intention to swim and study at the University of Texas beginning in the fall of 2023. He will be the third Modglin brother to swim in college; Sanders is a senior on the Saginaw Valley State team, while Coleman is a sophomore at Purdue.

“I am extremely excited and proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Texas at Austin. First, I want to thank God for this opportunity. Also, Coach Reese and Coach Collins for the incredible opportunity to be a part of this incredible program. I’d also like to give another special thanks to my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who have supported me along this journey and built me into the person I am today. HOOK’EM!!🤘🤘”

Modglin ranks #1 on our Way Too Early list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2023. He is the only sub-44 100 freestyler and he owns the top 100 back and 200 IM times, as well. He was named to the 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team.

A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Modglin won both the 200 IM (1:45.14) and 100 back (46.60) last year as a Zionsville Community High School sophomore at the 2021 Indiana High School Boys Swimming and Diving Championships. He also led off the runner-up 200 medley relay (21.44, the fastest backstroke by over half a second) and contributed a leg (43.59) to the runner-up 400 free relay.

Modglin does his year-round swimming with Zionsville Swim Club. He swam the 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM at Olympic Trials Wave II this summer. His big LCM meet came in March, though, when he punched his ticket to the faster Trials wave at Indy Sectionals. There, he notched PBs of 23.66 in the 50 free, 51.00 in the 100 free, 55.04 in the 100 back, 2:02.28 in the 200 back, and 2:03.16 in the 200 IM. He won the 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM, was runner-up in the 200 back, and finished 4th and 7th in the 100 free and 50 free.

Two weeks earlier, he pulled similar punches at the Indiana Senior Short Course State Championships, going lifetime bests in the 50/100/200 free, 100/200 breast, and 100 fly.

Best SCY Times:

  • 200 IM – 1:45.14
  • 100 back – 46.60
  • 200 back – 1:45.24
  • 100 fly – 47.56
  • 50 free – 20.13
  • 100 free – 43.82
  • 200 free – 1:37.54

Modglin’s best times, as a 16-year-old, are within shooting distance of what it took to be invited to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships. It took 42.88 in the 100 free, 46.37 in the 100 back, 46.29 in the 100 fly, and 1:44.15 in the 200 IM.

Texas men’s team has so far lined up the #1, #3, and #20 recruits from 2023 in Modglin, Nate Germonprez, and Will Scholtz. The last time Texas reeled in our top recruit was in the high school class of 2020, when Carson Foster made his way from Ohio to Austin.

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Old Swim Coach
1 month ago

Way to go Will! Proud of you. HOOK’EM!!

enchantedrock
Reply to  Old Swim Coach
1 month ago

Wow. Pretty damn hateful responses for something that’s supposed to be a point of pride for 16 year old. Sounds like some school is butt hurt.

Horninco
Reply to  enchantedrock
1 month ago

Texas hate is a real thing. Never mind if the kid is happy….

LAMA
Reply to  Old Swim Coach
29 days ago

congrats Will Down-voters get a life, you can like or dislike Texas but leave this young man out of your foolishness

modgelover69
Reply to  Old Swim Coach
29 days ago

i love will

Chas E
1 month ago

I find it odd that someone would commit to a school where they have no clue who the coach will be in a year or two.

Guy
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

It’s Texas bro…

yardfan
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

Eddie and Wyatt. A great partnership.

Swimmer
Reply to  yardfan
1 month ago

Wyatt was demoted a year ago. I would not bet on him being the next head coach.

harambe
Reply to  yardfan
1 month ago

Wyatt isn’t the second Kris, he’s a damn good first Wyatt

TexasLonghornAlum
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

I think most people, including the athletic director, know who the next coach will be and the team culture that exists today and is so much of the reason for Texas’ success will continue well into the future. Besides, Eddie will probably be still involved well after he officially steps down.

Horninco
Reply to  TexasLonghornAlum
1 month ago

I mean, obviously Desorbo and Holloway are going to be co head coaches but just needed a year or two to get their buyouts down….

TJ
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

Why be a hater? Way to go Will!

enchantedrock
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

Granted, nothing lasts forever. We don’t know for sure the sun is going to come up in the morning. But based on results, in two years time, Texas would be about as good a place as any for a promising swimmer to end up.

Swimgeek
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

Given the 2023 class incoming, this view is not shared.

harambe
Reply to  Chas E
1 month ago

People have been saying that since 2005

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Chas E
29 days ago

Kid is wants to go toTexas. Sure Texas have trouble on the coaching front

modge fan
1 month ago

mr modge is a beast

Tomek
1 month ago

As we say down here bless your heart Mr. Modglin and welcome to Texas!

Horninco
1 month ago

It’s good to be king

ScruffyKat
1 month ago

This was entirely an academic decision!

Bruh
Reply to  ScruffyKat
1 month ago

If your smart enough to get into Texas than go if not go to Nc state

worm
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

do you go to nc state then?

Swimfish87
1 month ago

I am going to just go on and through this out there. By next year 1:42 low 2IM if not 41 high.

Im taking bets!

Virtus
1 month ago

How have I not heard of this guy

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