Youth Olympic Games Swimmer Patrick Mulcare Verbally Commits to USC

Last year’s USC men’s recruiting class was a late-breaker: most of their big additions didn’t come until after the NCAA Championships.

This year, they’ve begun to roll much earlier, including their latest verbal commitment from Oregonian Patrick Mulcare, according to

Mulcare reported that his top three were USC, Auburn, amd Michigan, but that USC “seemed like the perfect fit.”

The versatile Tualatin Hills Swim Club swimmer was a member of the American delegation for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, where he swam best times in the 50 (26.86), 100 (55.86), and 200 (1:59.65) long course meter backstrokes, plus the 100 (51.54) and 200 (1:50.57) meter freestyles. He was also the runner-up at the Junior National Championships in the 200 backstroke.

Mulcare is fantastic in a 50 meter pool, but fans of college swimming will be most interested in his yards results, which live up to his long course standards.

His best times:

  • 100 yard free: 44.72
  • 200 yard free: 1:36.64
  • 100 yard back: 47.69
  • 200 yard back: 1:42.99
  • 200 yard breaststroke: 2:02.79
  • 100 yard fly: 49.96
  • 200 yard IM: 1:46.51
  • 400 yard IM: 3:48.48

Individually, Mulcare has NCAA scoring potential in at least three events (200 free, 200 back, 200 IM) as a freshman, with several more in play for later in his career (100 free, 100 back, 400 IM).

For USC’s relays, this is a very significant addition as well. For starters, they’re the defending NCAA Champions in the 800 free relay, have a good chance of repeating in 2015, but will then need to reload.

In the 400 medley relay, he’ll be able to take Luca Spinazzola’s spot on the medley relays. Spinazzola, a senior, will graduate after this year.

This means that in the 2015-2016 season, between Mulcare and incoming freshman Ralf Tribuntsov, USC will have plenty of backstroke options. This will allow them to push sophomore Dylan Carter to the anchor leg, and leave USC with at least two more seasons of outstanding medley relays.

The other piece to that long-term medley puzzle is, of course, Mulcare’s fellow Junior National Teamer Carsten Vissering. Vissering is one of the two best breaststrokers in the class of 2014, along with Billy Monjay.

Not only has USC now landed two of the top 6 recruits in the country, USC head coach Dave Salo and his staff have also hit their two biggest needs for the fall. They could use another freestyler or two and a long-term butterflier to really feel confident about their future going forward, but at this point, USC is free to go after the “best available” swimmers, regardless of specialty.

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Nice addition to the recruiting class.


Moderate decision by Mulcare, although he would have done better at either of the two other schools he was looking at. It seems as though most of the work done at USC is freestyle based, with a few minor exceptions, so his freestyle will become great though it is already strong. Hopefully his IMs and strong backstrokes don’t falter although this is a strong chance of this. Wish the best to the young talented Mulcare.


FYI, USC is ranked higher academically (by US News and World Report) than the others, #25. U of Michigan is comparable of course at #29, and some might say a better value with regard to cost, and Auburn is an excellent institution, but if he is on an athletic scholarship and cost isn’t an issue, academic reputation might be a factor. Also, USC might be a better school for studying whatever subject he hopes to make his major focus. Just a reminder, swimming is only ONE factor in this decision! 😉


While this isn’t relevant for Patrick Mulcare, I would argue that USC isn’t just a freestyle program looking at the top quality breaststrokers they have produced.


Thought Mulcare was from Dayton Raiders?
Tualatin Hills gets a ton high level club swimmers from other teams.


Patrick moved from Dayton last year in 2013 to come to T-Hills. Oregon definitely picked up 2 amazing recruits from Ohio that are in the top 10 (Brewer and Mulcare), that are now both committed. Congrats to Patrick for his commitment.

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