Wisconsin Nets In-State HS Backstroke Champ Justin Temprano

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Winter Nationals qualifier Justin Temprano of Badger Aquatic Club and Madison Memorial HS has opted to stay local and has given his verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin.

Temprano’s Top Times

  • 100y back – 49.88
  • 200y back – 1:47.81
  • 200y IM – 1:51.58
  • 100m back – 58.41

After his sophomore season, Temprano had bests of 51.13 and 1:50.37, but has taken significant time off of both of those and garnered Winter Nationals cuts in both the 100 and 200 yard back as well as the 100m back.

In his junior season at Madison Memorial, Temprano won the 100 backstroke (the only swimmer to pop a sub-50 swim in that event) at the Wisconsin Div. I HS Champs and finished 2nd in the 200 IM. He was a part of the title-earning 200 medley relay which broke a Div. I state record and also anchored their 400 free relay which finished 2nd overall. Temprano led off Madison Memorial’s 400 free relay in 2013 which still holds a state record, and he was just over half a second off of the 100 back state record– something to watch for this upcoming season.

While Wisconsin graduated elite backstroker Drew teDuits this past season, they’ll have the very capable senior Austin Byrd leading the backstroke corps for this year. Freshman Jacob Lamparella is a solid backstroker at 49.71/1:48.05, nearly identical to Temprano’s current bests, and fellow incoming freshman Cooper Hodge boasts backstroke bests of 49.28/1:47.27. While teDuits’ and soon Byrd’s departure will hurt the Badgers significantly, there is certainly time for their next backstroke leader to develop under head coach Whitney Hite.

Joining Temprano and the aforementioned Hodge in Wisconsin’s class of 2020 will be Olympic Trials qualifiers Eric Geunes and Michael Milinovich.

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Shoutout to Justin. He’ll do amazing things @ Wisconsin

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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