2024 Men's Swimming Recruiting

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swan
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Update, Nans will be part of the 2024 class.
coachdeke
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swan said:

solobear said:




I am guessing that Nans is joining the incoming Fall 2023 class. He appears to be a 50/100 free specialist with best times that are very similar to another 2023 recruit, Nikolas Antoniou an Olympian from Cypress. Welcome to Berkeley Nans.

Welcome to CAL!!!
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swimmer19
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solobear said:

Any news on Kaii Winkler and Daniel Diehl?
If they both come to Cal, winning NC championship is very much secured for the coming years.
Recent interview with Kaii Winkler seems to indicate that he'll pick either ASU, NC State, or Texas. He has also visited Florida. He hasn't visited Cal (yet), but is open to the idea. His brother has verbaled to Texas for this fall.

swan
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Diehl to NC State.

https://swimswam.com/daniel-diehl-nag-record-holder-and-1-recruit-in-class-of-2024-commits-to-nc-state/
solobear
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Swimswam's recruiting class ranking for the last four years.

2019
#1: Texas, #2: NC State, #4: Cal, #7: Arizona State, Florida(Honorable mentions)
2020
#1: Texas, #3: NC State, #4: Cal, #12: Florida
2021
#1: NC State, #2: Texas, #3: Cal, #8: Arizona State, #16: Florida
2022
#1: Florida, #2: NC State, #5: Arizona State, #8: Texas, #16: Cal
swimmer19
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Per social media, Yamato Okadome from Japan has announced his commitment to the Bears' 2024 recruit class. Jr. Pan Pac runner-up in both breaststroke events, finishing ahead of fellow 2024 commit Nick Mahabir.

Best times of 1:00.7/2:12.1 in the breaststrokes, also split a 49.6 on Japan's 400 free relay.

"I'm very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at UC Berkeley!! I'm so thankful for this opportunity and for my parents, coaches, friends and mentors who have helped me along the way. Go bears"
76BearsFly
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Looks like the team has positioned itself for continued success!! Kudos to Coach Durden and staff. Thanks to all who posted above, very informative.
swan
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swimmer19 said:

solobear said:

Any news on Kaii Winkler and Daniel Diehl?
If they both come to Cal, winning NC championship is very much secured for the coming years.
Recent interview with Kaii Winkler seems to indicate that he'll pick either ASU, NC State, or Texas. He has also visited Florida. He hasn't visited Cal (yet), but is open to the idea. His brother has verbaled to Texas for this fall.


Winkler joining Diehl in NC State's 2024 class. The Wolfpack have been recruiting at a very high level for the past 5/6 years and look to be serious contenders for an NCAA championship as soon as Diehl and Winkler are added to their roster.

https://swimswam.com/kaii-winkler-the-3-recruit-in-the-class-of-2024-commits-to-nc-state/

The Bear's also have strong classes coming in 2023 and 2024 and will be contenders for years. A three-peat is certainly possible, especially if seniors Liam Bell, Jason Louser and Colby Mefford decide to return.
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swan said:


Wow. This is potentially a major addition to the team. I use the term "potentially" because Pieter is taking a gap year to stay and train in South Africa until fall 2024, and stuff can happen in two years. But if he stays the Cal course, Coetze projects to be a major point earner at NCAAs with his backstroke range and free sprint speed. His times as converted by SwimSwam place him near or at the top in the 100/200 back, and 50 free for the classes of 2023 and 2024. His converted time in the 100 free, is a nice card to hold as well for relay flexibility.


Looks like Pieter has decided to remain in South Africa and will go Pro...


https://swimswam.com/commonwealth-games-champion-pieter-coetze-changes-mind-about-cal/

swan
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Very disappointing news, but verbal commits years before matriculation always feature some risk. Coetze was expected to be the next great backstroker for the Bears but I am confident that Durden and his staff will continue to find great young talent to add to the roster.
coachdeke
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swan said:

solobear said:




I am guessing that Nans is joining the incoming Fall 2023 class. He appears to be a 50/100 free specialist with best times that are very similar to another 2023 recruit, Nikolas Antoniou an Olympian from Cypress. Welcome to Berkeley Nans.


WELCOME TO CAL!!!
Polodad
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Trey Hesser, distance freestyler reported committed to Bears by SwImSwam.
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Polodad said:

Trey Hesser, distance freestyler reported committed to Bears by SwImSwam.
He was a 2023 recruit but took a gap year. Ranked in 2023 by swimcloud #53.
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Looks like Cal has recruited another french person for the 2024 season. The french national record-holder in the 200 back Mewen Tomac. Based on his sc times from he would had been A finalist in the 100/200 back at the 2023 NCAA championships. He has 2 years eligibility left. He is currently rated #6 on swimcloud. He was actually born on Sept 11, 2001!




article https://swimswam.com/french-national-record-holder-and-tokyo-olympian-mewen-tomac-commits-to-cal-for-2024-25/
swan
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

Looks like Cal has recruited another french person for the 2024 season. The french national record-holder in the 200 back Mewen Tomac. Based on his sc times from he would had been A finalist in the 100/200 back at the 2023 NCAA championships. He has 2 years eligibility left. He is currently rated #6 on swimcloud. He was actually born on Sept 11, 2001!




article https://swimswam.com/french-national-record-holder-and-tokyo-olympian-mewen-tomac-commits-to-cal-for-2024-25/

A much needed recruit to compensate for Pieter Coetzee's decommitment. Mucho moaning from SwimSwam readers re a 23 year enrolling with possibly two years of eligibility.
OBear073akaSMFan
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Cal has a 5th year grad traffic coming in, Frank Applebaum from a D3 college. He is a butterfly & IM specialist.

https://swimswam.com/d-iii-champion-frank-applebaum-transferring-from-claremont-mudd-scripps-to-cal-for-5th-year/

Last couple of years Cal has had many of the seniors stay for a 5th yr. What is the chance this yrs class stay a 5th yr..especially Lasco? Article mentioned will add depth to the fly group including Dare Rose. Does that mean sr Rose will return?
Polodad
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Now that the Covid year has expired, student athletes only get a 5th year if they took a redshirt year. I don't think any of our seniors took a redshirt year.
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My understanding was that anyone who competed in 2020-2021 gets an extra year, so next year would actually be the last one for Lasco, Seeliger, Rose, Jensen, Kopp, and Hawk, as well as Brooks Curry if he opts back in to NCAA swimming.

If every scorer who can return does, we only lose 39 points going into next year. If Marchand quits like he's said he will and Schlicht isn't able to con his way to a 7th year of eligibility, ASU should be losing 145.5, meaning the Bears would be favored on returning points with a (seemingly) much stronger incoming class. It's unlikely that they all return, and it's also unlikely that all the recruits show up in the fall, so it looks like next year should be a close one.
swan
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BRBear said:

My understanding was that anyone who competed in 2020-2021 gets an extra year, so next year would actually be the last one for Lasco, Seeliger, Rose, Jensen, Kopp, and Hawk, as well as Brooks Curry if he opts back in to NCAA swimming.

If every scorer who can return does, we only lose 39 points going into next year. If Marchand quits like he's said he will and Schlicht isn't able to con his way to a 7th year of eligibility, ASU should be losing 145.5, meaning the Bears would be favored on returning points with a (seemingly) much stronger incoming class. It's unlikely that they all return, and it's also unlikely that all the recruits show up in the fall, so it looks like next year should be a close one.
It's my understanding as well that the 2020-2021 class is the last class to have an optional 5th year of competitin and as noted, we have a number of seniors who can elect to compete next year. Durden has a good track record of retaining swimmers so I expect a majority of the current year seniors to come back next year to see if they can dethrone ASU. The key loss will be Liam Bell.

The Bears, on paper, have a strong recruiting class showing up this coming fall, including athletes from France, Japan and Singapore, and they expect the return of Aaron Shackell who left the team last December to train at home for Paris.
I also believe Brooks Curry considered competing for the Bears this season, but ultimately decided to stay focused on his Olympic preparation. He might still use his last year of eligibility, but I cannot predict what will happen with either Shackell or Curry.

ASU assembled a swimming juggernaut, headed by Leon Marchand, but also featuring a large number of 5th year swimmers. Four 5th year swimmers made NCAA scoring contributions, and that does not include Aussie David Schlicht who has scored at 2 NCAAs with Arizona and 3 NCAAs with ASU, but is listed as a "senior" in the NCAA psych and results sheets, as well as the ASU posted roster.

If Leon decides to stay home after the Paris Olympics to take full advantage of his celebrity endorsement opportunities, and the NCAA figures out that Schlicht has used up his eligibility, both Cal and Florida have a serious shot at winning a national championship at Federal Way in 2025.
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Last year there was mentioned that Andrei Minakov of Stanford was considering transferring out to possibly Cal but decided to remain at Stanford. With his the past underachieving season maybe he woukd consider leaving again though with the summer Olympic this year there would be no reason for him leaving at this time.
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Bowman takes over from Eddie at Texas. This really changes the outlook for 2024-2025.

Can't imagine Marchand staying at ASU or transfering to Texas. Now even more likely to turn pro, unless Texas NIL boosters come up with $5 mollion plus.

Strong possibility that the Hungarians, Kharun and a couple of sprinters follow Bowman.

Cal, Florida and Texas become early favorites for 2024-2025 NCAAs.

I don't believe Minakov seriously considered Cal last year and no reason to think he has reconsidered.
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I think since their primary sprint coach Herbie Behm is taking over as head coach that group is least likely to leave; of course at this point their list of true sprinters is down to just Kulow.

If all of Kos, Sarkany, Kharun, and McDonald go to Texas and join up with Hobson, Modglin, and Germonprez that probably makes them the favorites, albeit with a couple fairly weak relays for a championship team.
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Another international recruit added to our roster, Estonian Lars Antoniak a breaststroker.

https://swimswam.com/european-juniors-finalist-lars-antoniak-commits-to-cal-for-2024/

swan
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BRBear said:

I think since their primary sprint coach Herbie Behm is taking over as head coach that group is least likely to leave; of course at this point their list of true sprinters is down to just Kulow.

If all of Kos, Sarkany, Kharun, and McDonald go to Texas and join up with Hobson, Modglin, and Germonprez that probably makes them the favorites, albeit with a couple fairly weak relays for a championship team.

If the Hungarians, Kharun and McDonald bolt, Texas looks very tough, but let's see which Bear seniors decide to return and if all of the verbal commits for 2024 actually enroll. It appears that Tomac, Mazellier and Battaglini could make our NCAA roster as freshmen. The Bears need to find a stud breaststroker for our relays. Matt Jensen could return as a 5th year grad or Jacob Soderland, but both need to see a PB drop in times.
Mahabir looked like a possible successor, but his health problems have clouded the picture.

With Liam Bell using up his eligibility and Marchand likely to turn pro, both Cal and Texas need to find a relay breaststroker.
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swan said:



I don't believe Minakov seriously considered Cal last year and no reason to think he has reconsidered.
Maybe just wishful thinking from the peanut gallery too. He was in the portal last year.

https://swimswam.com/ncaa-champion-andrei-minakov-enters-the-ncaa-transfer-portal/
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Yikes redshirt Aaron Shackell has entered the transfer portal. Aaron sat put 2023 but was thought to returning in 2024. Still could come back but there is speculating might go to Texas as his training partner in Indiana was Drew killer who will be training in Texas. Aaron's sister in 2025 is a top verbal to Cal. Hope this doesn't cause her to change her mind too !!

https://swimswam.com/cals-aaron-shackell-enters-transfer-portal-6-ranked-recruit-in-class-of-2023/
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