2020 Men's Swim Recruits

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Alright, so this will be the discussion thread for 2020 recruits going into junior year (11th grade).

We're losing some key talent in Pawel Sendyk, Michael Jensen, Shane Forker, David Puczkowski, Ethan Young, Jack Xie, Andy Song, Ivan Grigorishin, along with diver Connor Callahan.

Jensen and Pawel should be the hardest to replace, both being big-time individual and relay contributors to all of Cal's successes over their past two years.

Some local talent that we've discussed include the following:
Gianluca Urlando, DART (from Whittle/Chenoa's club, back/fly/IMer)
Ben Dillard, Sierra Marlins (from Bryce/2019 commit Chloe Clark's club, breast/IM/sprint free)
Ethan Hu, PEAK (no connections, polyvalent all-arounder)
Lleyton Plattel, PLS (from 2019 commit Calvin David's club, distance free)

Recruits from the PAC12 footprint also worth recruiting:
Danny Syrkin, Rose Bowl-Southern California (from Trenton's club, fly/free/IM)
Ethan Heasley, Hillsboro HEAT-Oregon (no connections, great at everything)
Ethan Dang, KING Aquatic Club-Seattle (no connections, breast/free/IM)

Other domestic recruits of interest:
Adam Chaney, Mason Manta Rays Ohio (no connections*, sprint free/back)
Coby Carrozza, Nitro Swimming Austin (from Sean Grieshop's club**, free/back/fly)
Jake Magahey, SwimAtlanta (no connections (?), distance/back/fly)
Matthew Tannenberger, SwimStreamline Texas (no connections, distance/polyvalent all-arounder)
Destin Lasco, Pleasantville Aquatics NJ (no connections, back/IM/free)

In a separate post (or two), I will highlight each individual recruit's contribution to the team, and any other additional information. Also expect SwimSwam's top 20 for 2020 to be published in this thread as well.

*: haven't had any successes with Mason swimmers in terms of recruiting
** : not sure if Coby is the younger brother of current longhorn Quinn?
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WAY TOO EARLY NCAA RECRUIT RANKS: BOYS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020

TOP 10 SWIMMERS FROM THE CLASS OF 2020
1. Carson Foster Mason Manta Rays Sycamore High School Cincinnati, OH **Verbally committed to Texas**
Best Times: 200 IM 1:43.79, 400 IM 3:44.79, 200 free 1:33.76, 100 free 43.98, 50 free 20.28, 200 back 1:41.66, 100 back 47.07, 200 fly 1:46.87
The younger Foster brother has the best 200 IM we've ranked since Andrew Seliskar (ranked as a junior). He's got the best 200 free in the class by a wide margin and would already be a plug-and-play prospect for almost any 800 free relay in the NCAA. Foster has strong times in literally every event he's a 56/2:02 breaststroker and a 4:20/15:29 distance swimmer. He projects as a blue-chip IMer who can also contribute on all three free relays and perhaps eventually lead off some medleys.

2. Destin Lasco Pleasantville Aquatics Mainland Regional High School Pleasantville, NJ
Best Times: 100 back 45.93, 200 back 1:41.77, 100 free 43.62, 200 IM 1:44.59, 400 IM 3:48.22, 200 free 1:37.00, 50 free 20.72
With Foster probably focusing on IMs, Lasco is the best primary backstroke option in this class. His 200 is comparable than the last crew of elite backstrokers in recruiting (Michael Taylor/Austin Katz) and his 100 blows that duo out. Lasco also has the best 100 free in the class, which should eventually transfer over better to his 50 and 200 frees. Though it's the 200 IM that seems like a natural third event, already just a half-second out of 2018 NCAA invite range.

3. Jake Magahey Swim Atlanta Mill Creek High School Dacula, GA
Best Times: 500 free 4:16.88, 1000 free 8:55.33, 1650 free 14:52.85, 200 free 1:36.11
Distance swimmers don't usually rank this highly, but Magahey is special. He's already among the best distance prospects we've ranked, a year earlier than any other class we've ranked. He's already under NCAA invite level in the mile and not far off of scoring pace in the 500. Magahey is also rising rapidly. In the past year or so, he's dropped his 500 from 4:26 to 4:16. His 200 is also dropping fast, and is already fast enough to give him potential relay value down the road.

4. Gianluca Urlando Davis Aquadarts Racing Team CK McClatchy High School Sacramento, CA
Best Times: 100 fly 46.93, 200 fly 1:43.55, 200 IM 1:46.69, 400 IM 3:49.58, 200 back 1:43.37, 100 back 47.38, 200 free 1:37.50
Urlando's ranking is equal parts production and relative value to the class. Urlando is the best flyer of the bunch and really the only flyer in the class who right now excels at both distances. Both of his butterfly lifetime-bests came from March of this year, and constituted significant drops from his best times as of early 2017. Urlando adds in some great IM potential, but could also be a fly/back type in the NCAA. His 200 free shows good potential, though his sprints (21.2/45.7) haven't quite caught up yet.

5. Ethan Dang King Aquatic Club Hazen High School Seattle, WA
Best Times: 100 breast 53.65, 200 breast 1:55.56, 200 IM 1:49.9, 100 fly 49.85, 50 free 20.8
Dang has very similar value to Urlando, checking in as the best two-distance breaststroker in the class by a wide margin. Breaststrokers seem to develop later, so Dang looks to have a huge ceiling in the NCAA. His 200 is improving by leaps and bounds, going from 1:58.0 in early 2017 to 1:55.5 this past March. Dang doesn't have a great third event yet, but there's certainly potential there in fly and IM. We've seen plenty of high-level teams struggle through breaststroke weaknesses in past years, so expect demand for Dang to be high.

6. Ethan Heasley Hillsboro Heat Swim Team Faith Bible High School Hillsboro, OR
Best Times: 400 IM 3:45.56, 200 IM 1:47.86, 1650 free 15:06.12, 1000 free 8:59.64, 500 free 4:19.82, 200 free 1:38.19, 200 fly 1:45.93
Heasley has impressive range between his strokes and his freestyle. He'd rank as the second-best pure distance swimmer in the class, but he's probably a better prospect as one of the class's elite IMers. His 400 has cut from 3:53 to 3:45 in the last year, and he only broke 1:50 in the 200 IM for the first time in March. In terms of freestyle, a sub-9:00 1000 is nothing to sneeze at, and he's also had huge drops in his 500.

7. Wyatt Davis Carmel Swim Club Carmel High School Carmel, IN
Best Times: 100 back 47.12, 200 back 1:44.37, 200 IM 1:47.95, 200 free 1:37.00
Davis heads the next tier of backstrokers in this deep class, with 100 back speed that would make him one of the best non-Ryan Hoffer recruits in years. He's had great time improvements, and those excellent 200 IM and 200 free times are just bonus. A 1:37.0 in the 200 also feels a lot better than 21.0/47.0 sprint speed, so keep an eye on Davis there for some potential big drops coming to make him a multi-distance relay prospect.

8. Rick Mihm Allegheny North Swim Club North Allegheny Senior High School Wexford, PA
Best Times: 200 IM 1:46.09, 100 fly 48.74, 50 free 20.64, 100 free 45.04, 200 free 1:38.35, 500 free 4:24.02
It's hard to say where Mihm projects best long-term. That 200 IM is easily his best event, and is among the best in the class. But he doesn't yet have the 400 (4:03) to be a pure IMer. He's good in sprint butterfly and very rangy in the freestyles, so he'll certainly find some place to fit in a college lineup. Mihm should be way better relay prospect than his individual times suggest, having split at least 19.5 and a blazing 43.0 before. If he can back up those times individually, he'll be in the mix to be the best sprinter in the class to pair with his high-caliber 200 IM.

9. Adam Chaney Mason Manta Rays Bishop Fenwick High School Mason, OH
Best Times: 50 free 20.21, 100 free 44.26, 200 free 1:39.67, 100 back 48.73
Chaney leads a mob of high-ceiling sprinters. He's got one of the best 50s in the class with a very good 100, and so part of this rank hinges on the idea that he can improve his 200 as he develops. Chaney has had good drops in the sprints, and his 200 cut from 1:46 to 1:39 in early 2017, though he hasn't been close to that time since. That 48.7 backstroke is some insurance if he never develops much endurance he's dropped from 51.8 to 48.7 in the past year. Chaney also split 19.2 on a NAG record-setting relay that was at the TYR Cup meet where a timing error subtracted .3 seconds from some swims. The error, though, appeared to only affect lead-off legs, and a look at race video definitely shows Chaney in the 19-mid-to-low range.

10. Preston Forst Enfinity Aquatic Club Northern Guilford High School Greensboro, NC
Best Times: 200 free 1:37.33, 100 free 44.85, 50 free 20.87, 100 fly 48.37, 200 fly 1:48.43, 200 back 1:46.82, 100 back 49.16
Forst is almost the inverse of Chaney, more slanted toward the 200 with slightly less speed. We'll rank them in this order for now given how much the NCAA format values the 50 and 100, but Forst has more versatility and would leapfrog Chaney with good improvements in his 50 or 100. He's improving well his first sub-1:40 in the 200 free came last December and he's already well under that mark. He dropped almost two full seconds in his 100 over the past year along with nearly a full second in his 50. Those butterflys are also decent value in a thin class, though they aren't central to his event spread right now.

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11. Matt Brownstead Unattached State College Area High School Port Matlida, PA
Best Times: 50 free 20.08, 100 free 45.23, 200 free 1:39.42, 100 fly 49.25
If you value pure speed and think endurance can come around with training, this is the prospect for you. Brownstead has the class's best 50 and dropped about half a second in the past year there. He's got work to do in the 100 and 200, though. His 100 didn't drop much last year, but his 200 went from 1:42 to 1:39.

12. Harrison Lierz Front Range Barracudas Broomfield High School Westminster, CO
Best Times: 200 back 1:43.76, 100 back 48.61, 100 fly 49.23, 400 IM 3:57.98
Lierz has got one of the best 200 backs in the class, but his 100 speed hasn't come around quite as much. He's had a very steady improvement curve in both and looks like a great prospect reminiscent of two of the last Coloradoans to make this list: Gavin Olson (48/1:43, class of 2019) and Daniel Carr (48/1:43, class of 2017, All-American as a freshman at Cal).

13. Ethan Hu Peak Swimming Harker School Cupertino, CA
Best Times: 100 fly 47.14, 200 fly 1:46.71, 100 free 45.85
Not a lot of range yet, but the only flyer in this class that can challenge Urlando in either distance. His 100 is right around the best in the class, with great natural speed and relay potential. He's a very fast riser who hadn't broken 50 seconds or 2:00 in the butterflys heading into the year 2017. He dropped his 200 fly from 2:02 to 1:46 in November, so it's safe to say his range is still improving by leaps and bounds.

14. Coby Carrozza Longhorn Aquatics St. Stephen's Episcopal High School Austin, TX
Best Times: 200 back 1:45.59, 100 back 48.81, 100 fly 48.50, 200 free 1:37.04, 100 free 45.28, 50 free 20.93
Good at a lot of things, not great at any one. The 200 back is probably his best event right now after a drop from 1:50.2 to 1:45.5 in March. He also broke 50 in the 100 back for the first time in February and broke 50 in the 100 fly for the first time in November. Carrozza has an awesome event range and tremendous potential in a bunch of events. One big breakthrough in any of them and he's a top-10 guy instantly.

15. Luke Maurer NASA Wildcat Aquatics Loyola Academy Wilmette, IL
Best Times: 50 free 20.67, 100 free 45.14, 200 free 1:38.08
Good range across the free relay distances, and an excellent improvement curve. Went from 22.5/49.8/1:46.0 in November 2016 to 21.4/46.2/1:39.6 in November 2017 to 20.6/45.1/1:38.0 already in 2018. None of his times really light up the list yet, but one more year with anywhere near those improvements and he'll be a massively valuable prospect.

16. Jack Moore Snow Swimming Briar Woods High School Ashburn, VA
Best Times: 200 free 1:37.40, 100 free 45.33, 50 free 20.89
Another great relay prospect centered more around the 200, where he hadn't broken 1:41 until last November. He's dropped about a full second in his 50 since late 2016 as well, so the improvement trajectory is very good.

17. Ben Dillard Sierra Marlins Swim Team Oak Ridge High School Folsom, CA
Best Times: 100 breast 54.33, 200 breast 1:58.08, 400 IM 3:55.97, 200 IM 1:50.07
Breaststrokers and IMers seem to develop a little bit later, so there's a good chance Dillard makes strides in his best events over the next few years. He's the clear-cut #2 breaststroker in the class and dropping fast (56.1 to 54.3 since May 2017, 2:02.8 to 1:58.0 since March 2017).

18. Forrest Frazier Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation Iowa City High School Iowa City High School, IA
Best Times: 100 breast 54.16, 200 breast 2:00.03, 200 IM 1:49.67, 100 fly 49.10
Another good breaststroker, a little sprintier than Dillard. He's got some talent into the IM and butterfly, too, though it'll take a lot of development to be at an NCAA level. Great drops in his 100 over the last year (57.1 in March 2017, 55.3 in December 2017, 54.1 in February 2018).

19. Owen Conley Dayton Raiders Waynesville High School Waynesville, OH
Best Times:200 back 1:44.77, 200 IM 1:48.94, 400 IM 3:51.72, 100 back 50.00
Conley has a great 200 back that gets crowded out in a really good backstroke class, and he just doesn't have the 100 speed yet to stand out. His 200 dropped from 1:49 to 1:44 from March 2017 to March 2018, though, while his 100 went from 53.2 to 50.0, so there are probably drops still to come. His IM times are good and also dropping fast.

20. Will Rose Canton City Schools Alliance High School Alliance, OH **Verbally committed to Arizona State**
Best Times: 50 free 20.52, 100 free 44.42, 200 free 1:40.47, 100 back 49.35
Rose is an interesting prospect, because the record of his times in USA Swimming's database seems to show more focus on long course than short course, which is opposite of most young swimmers. Rose doesn't have a single short course swim logged in the SWIMS database before October 2016 despite long course times back to May of 2013 (though it's certainly possible he has previous yards swims that, for whatever reason, aren't appearing). In that brief time, he's become one of the better sprinters in his class through the 50 and the 100 free. His 100 and 200 dropped almost a full second in the last year, and he's also dropped about two seconds in that time in the 100 back.

ONES TO WATCH
Dare Rose (Scarlet Aquatics / Piscatawny, NJ) Rose is really good at a lot of things, but not good enough at one thing in short course to make this list. On the other hand, he's far, far more accomplished in long course, so there's chance his short course makes a big leap to catch up throughout high school. He's a 48.5/1:46.5 butterflyer and a 1:48.8/3:55 IMer short course, compared to 54.7/1:59.7 in the long course fly races. But his 21.8/46.0/1:38.1/4:24.5 short course freestyles are nowhere near his excellent 24.0/50.8/1:51.0/3:57.6 prowess in long course meters.

Kyle Adams (Munster Swim Club / Munster High School / Munster, IN) Adams is one of two breaststrokers just off our list with great 100 times and a lot of work to do in the 200. He's 54.7 in the 100 but only 2:05 in the 200, though he cut that from 2:12 since last November.

Antonio Octaviano (Radnor Aquatic Club / The Haverford School / Downington, PA) Another 54.5 breaststroker who only has 2:05.0 range. Octaviano doesn't have as much versatility as Adams and has plateaued in his 200 breast since 2016. But he does have great natural speed and is one to watch moving forward.
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swimmer19 said:

Some local talent that we've discussed include the following:
Gianluca Urlando, DART (from Whittle/Chenoa's club, back/fly/IMer)
Ben Dillard, Sierra Marlins (from Bryce/2019 commit Chloe Clark's club, breast/IM/sprint free)
Ethan Hu, PEAK (no connections, polyvalent all-arounder)
Lleyton Plattel, PLS (from 2019 commit Calvin David's club, distance free)
Thanks for starting this topic, swimmer19!

Urlando has been swimming quite well at the 2018 Mel Zajac Jr Meet...

LOCHTE HITS 1:58.90 200 IM ON DAY 2 OF MEL ZAJAC JR. INTERNATIONAL

U.S. junior Gianluca Urlando scored his second PB in the event for 2nd in 53.21, and Maxime Rooney was .01 off his season best for 3rd in 53.69. Szaranek, who was a sluggish 58.0 in the heats, dropped a 54.89 from the C-final. He also contributed in the winning 800 free relay by leading off (no splits?).
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TOP JUNIOR CONTENDERS FOR TEAM USA'S JUNIOR PAN PACS SQUAD

As we continue to preview individual events for this summer's U.S. National Championships (check out all our picks here), the major question is who will qualify to compete where. The 2018 National Championships will qualify swimmers for five major international meets spanning two years: 2018 Pan Pacs, 2018 Junior Pan Pacs, 2019 Worlds, 2019 World University Games and 2019 Pan American Games. (Check out full selection procedures here). While frontrunning qualifiers for the four senior-level meets are fairly straightforward from our event-by-event previews (check them out here), it'll be more complicated to find the frontrunners for the junior meet in the mix: this summer's Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji.

To give us a baseline of who appears in line for spots as things stand now, we're compiling the top 6 swims in each event by athletes who are eligible for Junior Pan Pacs.

First, some disclaimers:
  • In order to be eligible for Junior Pan Pacs, a swimmer must be between 13 and 18 as of December 31, 2018. That means swimmers born between the years 2000 and 2005. Specific birthdays aren't always readily available for junior swimmers, so we've done our best to determine ages as of USA Swimming's SWIMS database. If a swimmer on this list is not eligible, let us know in the comments and we'll dig further.
  • We've used the top times from the U.S. Nationals qualifying period that means from June 1, 2017 until now. Naturally, that will filter out athletes who had a rough summer of 2017 for whatever reason. That's not an intentional slight to those athletes, just a time frame that makes sense and limits our research field to a manageable size.
  • It shouldn't have to be said, but this list is not a set-in-stone prediction of who will qualify and who won't. Young swimmers improve (and regress) all the time. Don't take offense that your favorite swimmer isn't listed, or is listed too low. This is merely a list of times within the time frame.
  • For obvious reasons, we can't include relay splits there is no good database of relay splits to pull from. If your favorite swimmer has shown greater potential on relays, feel free to make note of that in the comments section.
  • This story should also serve as a great opportunity to make your own predictions of who will make this summer's Junior Pan Pacs Team.

The Jr Pan Pacs team will be selected based on the finish order of the 2018 U.S. National Championships. That means current national rankings mean nothing. If one swimmer makes the B final and another the C, the B final swimmer (if he or she finishes his or her finals race without DQing) will be the higher-placing athlete even if the C final swimmer puts up a better time in the final. Obviously, swimmers who don't compete at Nationals are not eligible. From a birds-eye view of the complex selection procedures, the top 2 in each event should make the team. If there's still space on the 20-boy, 20-girl roster, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place candidates could also make the team. Unlike many other meets, the top 6 in the 100 and 200 frees are not selected with higher priority. After second place, the roster will be filled out with the next-best swimmer from any event based on world rankings among juniors. The final wrinkle is that juniors who make the senior Pan Pacs team will not be able to swim Junior Pan Pacs.

Highlighted any 2018/19 commits/signees, and all of our prospective 2020 recruits!

Boys 50 Free
#6 Adam Chaney (2020), 23.10

Boys 800 Free
#6 Lleyton Plattel (2020), 8:09.74

Boys 1500 Free
#2 Lleyton Plattel (2020), 15:29.71
#5 Arik Katz (2020), 15:32.38

Boys 100 Breast
#1 Reece Whitley (2018), 1:00.08
#6 Ethan Dang (2020), 1:03.16

BOYS 200 BREAST
#2 Reece Whitley (2018), 2:10.82
#6 Ethan Dang (2018), 2:15.13

Boys 100 Fly
#1 Gianluca Urlando (2020), 53.21

Boys 200 Fly
#2 Gianluca Urlando (2020), 1:58.93
#5 Dare Rose (2020), 1:59.78

Boys 200 IM
#5 Reece Whitley (2018), 2:03.43

Boys 400 IM
#6 Gianluca Urlando (2020), 4:24.60
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swan said:

longseeker said:

We must get 16 year old Urlando from the Sacramento area who is pushing Michael Phelps' times at the same age group.
Agreed about Urlando and I know that Matt Whittle has been in his ear, but he also told Gianluca to enjoy recruiting, go on his trips, but in the end to choose Cal.

IU's 2019 breast stud Emily working hard on SwimSwam's #2 recruit Destin & #4 Gianluca here:


Gianluca Urlando (2020 - #4 Nat, #1 CA), Emily Weiss (2019 - #15 Nat, #2 IN), Destin Lasco (2020 - #1 Nat, #1 NJ)

Guess Gianluca's listening to the first part of Matt's advice here...well let's keep our collective fingers crossed that he's keeping the latter part in mind as well lol (Bears would also warmly welcome Destin to the family too )
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

IU's 2019 breast stud Emily working hard on SwimSwam's #2 recruit Destin & #4 Gianluca here:


Gianluca Urlando (2020 - #4 Nat, #1 CA), Emily Weiss (2019 - #15 Nat, #2 IN), Destin Lasco (2020 - #1 Nat, #1 NJ)


Gianluca took a trip to Athens this weekend:




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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Gianluca took a trip to Athens this weekend:






Think of it now, Gianluca in Athens could quite possibly be a reality, maybe since he's been seen with this:

http://instagr.am/p/BNOHMKMBthV
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'SC hosting a massive group of 2020 recruits this weekend.



Bottom row (er, just an educated guess...pls don't sue me in likely cases of mistaken identity ):
John Paul Khouzam (#999 Nat, #34 OH) - 2019, Hugh Svendsen (#83 Nat, #5 NC), Preston Forst (#40 Nat, #2 NC)
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

IU's 2019 breast stud Emily working hard on SwimSwam's #2 recruit Destin & #4 Gianluca here:

Guess Gianluca's listening to the first part of Matt's advice here...well let's keep our collective fingers crossed that he's keeping the latter part in mind as well lol (Bears would also warmly welcome Destin to the family too )

Yay, guess who are on campus this weekend...


#5 Ethan Dang, #4 Gianluca Urlando, #2 Destin Lasco



Breast studs Reece & Ethan


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Very encouraging to see Urlando, Lasco and Dang as part of the large recruiting effort this past weekend. With the recent 2019 verbals of Addie Laurencelle and Preston Niayesh (two athletes that are likely very bright students, but long-shots to be impact swimmers) it appears that Durden is keeping his powder dry to focus on the deep 2020 class. Texas has monster 2018 and 2019 classes, and already has a verbal from Swinswam's top 2020 recruit Carson Foster, so hopefully they are running low on scholarship dollars. Indiana and Georgia are also in the mix for top 2020 recruits, as should Stanford.
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swan said:

Very encouraging to see Urlando, Lasco and Dang as part of the large recruiting effort this past weekend.
Absolutely, was massively psyched to see the talented trio together, trying out the blue & gold which looks to be a perfect fit *winks* - it may still be a mite early even in this new era of increasingly earlier commitments...but heck, let's roll on and close the deal for all 3 prospective Bears!

Oh, here's a pair of local visitors over the weekend, being chaperoned by clubmate (Santa Clara Swim Club) Sophie:

Max Saunders (#124 Nat, #13 CA) - 2019 (to Sophie's right) & Dylan Hawk (#60 Nat, #9 CA) - 2020


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

swan said:

Very encouraging to see Urlando, Lasco and Dang as part of the large recruiting effort this past weekend.
Absolutely, was massively psyched to see the talented trio together, trying out the blue & gold which looks to be a perfect fit *winks* - it may still be a mite early even in this new era of increasingly earlier commitments...but heck, let's roll on and close the deal for all 3 prospective Bears!

Oh, here's a pair of local visitors over the weekend, being chaperoned by clubmate (Santa Clara Swim Club) Sophie:

Max Saunders (#124 Nat, #13 CA) - 2019 (to Sophie's right) & Dylan Hawk (#60 Nat, #9 CA) - 2020



Ursus,

As always, great work posting photos of potential Bears. I also heard that high end recruits Luke Maurer (a double Stanford swimming legacy), and Canadian stand-out Sabastian Somerset were also on recuiting visits. Michael Jensen's younger brother, Matthew was also spotted.

Giancarlo and Destin have certainly been busy with campus visits. If the trend towards early commitments holds true, I would expect to hear about college destinations fairly soon. Fingers crossed for a deep and talented 2020 haul for the Golden Bears.
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Swan, thanks for the info on Maurer, Somerset and Jensen on recruit trips, do you happen to know where exactly they visited?

Some more recruit updates:
- SwimSwam #6 Ethan Heasley was spotted at Indiana last weekend. He's also seen wearing a Stanford shirt on his instagram. Also methinks he has some connection to South Carolina?
- 2018-turned-2019 recruit Brennan Gravley spotted at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium @ UF yesterday, so Gators may be hosting some 2020 recruits this weekend since their 2019 recruits already visited?
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Wow, floored by the earliness of this commitment ... Urlando to Georgia. Didn't realize that his father also attended UGA, so he's a legacy Dawg now with his commitment.

https://swimswam.com/nag-record-holder-gianluca-urlando-verbally-commits-to-georgia-24/

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HBear said:

Wow, floored by the earliness of this commitment ... Urlando to Georgia. Didn't realize that his father also attended UGA, so he's a legacy Dawg now with his commitment.

https://swimswam.com/nag-record-holder-gianluca-urlando-verbally-commits-to-georgia-24/
Wow, pretty shocking. Better to UGA than UT or IU...

Gianluca: "I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Georgia. So proud to be a second generation bulldog and to swim for such an outstanding program! Thank you to my
family, coaches, and friends for your support. Go Dawgs!!"

NAG RECORD-HOLDER GIANLUCA URLANDO VERBALLY COMMITS TO GEORGIA '24



CS ranking as of verbal: #4 Nat, #1 CA
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swimmer19 said:


Swan, thanks for the info on Maurer, Somerset and Jensen on recruit trips, do you happen to know where exactly they visited?

I was told by my source that they visited Cal during the same weekend Urlando and Destin Lasco.

A bit shocked over Urlando news. I guess we will just have to hope we can lure Lasco across country.
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swimmer19 said:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Gianluca took a trip to Athens this weekend:


Think of it now, Gianluca in Athens could quite possibly be a reality, maybe since he's been seen with this:

http://instagr.am/p/BNOHMKMBthV

Er, reckon we shouldn't ever underestimate the power of being a legacy - esp when it's always been a part of your life since childhood lol:



In Urlando's own words below: "So proud to be a second generation bulldog"

http://instagr.am/p/BondTnQFs57
Continuing a family tradition is undeniably as potent a recruiting factor as anything swimming, academics & team fit have to offer on the table.

Thankfully for Bears, Trenton Julian had bucked that legacy trend decisively in choosing Cal over the Trojans in spite of parents Kristine & Jeff's deep 'SC swim roots...the massive advantages offered by the Bear Bros' close team bond, the coaches & programme's history & reputation, the quality of life & education here all undoubtedly played a key role in Trenton's original commitment decision (there are also examples of going against legacy...one that turned out less fortuitously for us -> super swim furdette Megan Byrnes "defecting" to the Farm in defiance lol of her double legacy via her Cal alum parents).

At any rate, do wish Gianlucathe best in his choice, he's such a fab talent both in & out of the pool, and will do the Dawgs proud...

Bears' loss...but hey, life goes on hehe, and tis time to move on and hone in on securing the bag when it comes to all the other promising 2020 prospects who have been discussed on these pages... Go Bears!
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Brendan Burns and Urlando are two top flyers among recent recruits. Between now and 2020, bears need to find some flyers & backstrokers to fill the rosters.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

swimmer19 said:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Gianluca took a trip to Athens this weekend:


Think of it now, Gianluca in Athens could quite possibly be a reality, maybe since he's been seen with this:

http://instagr.am/p/BNOHMKMBthV

Er, reckon we shouldn't ever underestimate the power of being a legacy - esp when it's always been a part of your life since childhood lol:



In Urlando's own words below: "So proud to be a second generation bulldog"

http://instagr.am/p/BondTnQFs57
Continuing a family tradition is undeniably as potent a recruiting factor as anything swimming, academics & team fit have to offer on the table.

Thankfully for Bears, Trenton Julian had bucked that legacy trend decisively in choosing Cal over the Trojans in spite of parents Kristine & Jeff's deep 'SC swim roots...the massive advantages offered by the Bear Bros' close team bond, the coaches & programme's history & reputation, the quality of life & education here all undoubtedly played a key role in Trenton's original commitment decision (there are also examples of going against legacy...one that turned out less fortuitously for us -> super swim furdette Megan Byrnes "defecting" to the Farm in defiance lol of her double legacy via her Cal alum parents).

At any rate, do wish Gianlucathe best in his choice, he's such a fab talent both in & out of the pool, and will do the Dawgs proud...

Bears' loss...but hey, life goes on hehe, and tis time to move on and hone in on securing the bag when it comes to all the other promising 2020 prospects who have been discussed on these pages... Go Bears!

Don't underestimate the pull of SEC football too vs Cal football! There is a lot of excitement going to a 100,000 filled stadium. We can offer is a superb & renown education though!
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swimmer19 said:

Some local talent that we've discussed include the following:
Ethan Hu, PEAK (no connections, polyvalent all-arounder)

2020 recruit Ethan Hu spotted @ Stanford this past weekend, joining their 2019 commits:



L-R: Jack LeVant (2018 Furd), Jon Cook (2018 Furd), David Madej (2018 Furd), Mason Gonzalez (2018 Furd), Ethan Hu (#22 Nat, #4 CA), Will Tarvestad (2019 Furd), Shane Blinkman (2019 Furd), Sean Slusiewicz (2019 Furd), Andrew Matejka (2019 Furd), Alex Boratto (2018 Furd)
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INDIANA LANDS 2024 VERBAL FROM IN-STATE IM/BREAST STANDOUT TRISTAN DEWITT



"I am very excited to announce my commitment to Indiana University! The moment I met the team and coaches I felt something special. The coaching staff is always looking for ways to improve their swimmers in many ways. I knew at this college I would flourish and truly feel like I was a part of the team. Go Hoosiers!"
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2020 recruits #18 Forrest Frazier & #9 Adam Chaney visiting Cal this weekend...




#18 Forrest Frazier, Reece Whitley, #9 Adam Chaney

Also seen visiting Texas with some unknown 2020 recruits (names, anyone?)...



Also seen at IU:
http://instagr.am/p/BgSJLE1ljAH
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


'SC hosting a massive group of 2020 recruits this weekend:
John Paul Khouzam (#999 Nat, #34 OH) - 2019, Hugh Svendsen (#83 Nat, #5 NC), Preston Forst (#40 Nat, #2 NC)


Should be noted that Preston Forst is #10 on SwimSwam's Top 20 for 2020, and one of the more versatile swimmers of the bunch. Also seems to be a sprinter, so that should boost his value as well.

Anyways, Hugh Svendsen spotted @ UNC this past weekend along with 2020 recruits Wesley Barnett (#256 Nat, #12 NC) and Cole Whitsett (#271 Nat, #11 PA), being hosted by one of their 2019 commits, Harry Homans:



L-R: Cole Whitsett, Wesley Barnett, Kelly Bryant (Clemson FB Alumni ?), Hugh Svendsen, Harry Homans
swimmer19
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swimmer19 said:

Some local talent that we've discussed include the following:

Lleyton Plattel, PLS (from 2019 commit Calvin David's club, distance free)

:/

LLEYTON PLATTEL, FASTEST 13-14 MILER SINCE VASSALLO, VERBALS TO ASU



"I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to Arizona State University. From the moment I set foot on ASU's campus, I instantly felt at home. The swim team provides an incredible environment to excel in both academics and swimming. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to become part of the Sun Devil family! Go Sun Devils!"
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UVA hosting their second recruiting trip this weekend, this time with 2020 recruits. Not exactly quite sure who is there yet, but definitely #17 Anna Keating, #20 Abby Harter, #2 Alex Walsh, #4 Olivia Bray, #12 Tristen Ulett, #18 Lillie Nordmann, and HM Ella Ristic.

Also some possibilities based on IG follows: Colby Hurt (#45 Nat, #4 VA), #9 Maxine Parker, Samantha Pearson (#30 Nat, #1 CA), Emma Weyant (#11 Nat, #1 FL).

Interestingly enough, there's no #5 Phoebe Bacon, as far as I can tell.

UVA may have hosted plenty of women's recruits, but only two men's recruits known at UVA, courtesy of Jake Mitchell (#12 Nat, #1 IN), out of Carmel, and Boyd Poelke (#79 Nat, #3 NC) from SwimMac Carolina.
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swimmer19 said:

19. Owen Conley Dayton Raiders Waynesville High School Waynesville, OH
Best Times:200 back 1:44.77, 200 IM 1:48.94, 400 IM 3:51.72, 100 back 50.00
Conley has a great 200 back that gets crowded out in a really good backstroke class, and he just doesn't have the 100 speed yet to stand out. His 200 dropped from 1:49 to 1:44 from March 2017 to March 2018, though, while his 100 went from 53.2 to 50.0, so there are probably drops still to come. His IM times are good and also dropping fast.
Owen: "I'm very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career swimming at The Ohio State University! Thank you to my family, coaches, and friends who have supported me along this journey. Go Bucks!!!"

OWEN CONLEY, #19 IN 2020, SENDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO OSU

http://instagr.am/p/BpNqD3xlgpb

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bearz012 said:


Also seen visiting Texas with some unknown 2020 recruits (names, anyone?)...



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Some more recruit updates:

- SwimSwam #6 Ethan Heasley was spotted at Indiana last weekend. He's also seen wearing a Stanford shirt on his instagram. Also methinks he has some connection to South Carolina?

Heasley was on the field at DKR the same day as the stockpile of 2020 recruits that were in Austin. He's presently at LSJU (this weekend), so 3rd known recruit trip.

Also at LSJU is #5 Ethan Dang, who visited Bears last month.
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swimmer19 said:

Heasley was on the field at DKR the same day as the stockpile of 2020 recruits that were in Austin. He's presently at LSJU (this weekend), so 3rd known recruit trip.

Also at LSJU is #5 Ethan Dang, who visited Bears last month.

Believe #2 Destin Lasco has joined the pair of Ethans for this weekend's trip to the Farm...
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

swimmer19 said:

Heasley was on the field at DKR the same day as the stockpile of 2020 recruits that were in Austin. He's presently at LSJU (this weekend), so 3rd known recruit trip.

Also at LSJU is #5 Ethan Dang, who visited Bears last month.

Believe #2 Destin Lasco has joined the pair of Ethans for this weekend's trip to the Farm...

I understand that the academically inclined Mr Lasco will be choosing between Stanford and Cal.
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bearz012 said:


2020 recruits #18 Forrest Frazier & #9 Adam Chaney visiting Cal this weekend...




#18 Forrest Frazier, Reece Whitley, #9 Adam Chaney


Durden also hosted Matthew King (#27 Nat, #2 WA), who's club teammates with Kyle Millis, the same weekend that Frazier and Chaney were spotted on campus:


Matt King, frosh Kyle Millis

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Also, looks like Nathan Adrian swam for the duo above's club team, Bellevue?

http://instagr.am/p/Bo0HCZiguCr
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swan said:

I also heard that high end recruits Luke Maurer (a double Stanford swimming legacy), and Canadian stand-out Sabastian Somerset were also on recuiting visits. I was told by my source that they visited Cal during the same weekend Urlando and Destin Lasco.
swimmer19 said:

SwimSwam #6 Ethan Heasley was spotted at Indiana last weekend. He's also seen wearing a Stanford shirt on his instagram. Heasley was on the field at DKR the same day as the stockpile of 2020 recruits that were in Austin. He's presently at LSJU (this weekend), so 3rd known recruit trip.

Also at LSJU is #5 Ethan Dang, who visited Bears last month.
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Believe #2 Destin Lasco has joined the pair of Ethans for this weekend's trip to the Farm...

D Roy laying down his infamous recruiting charms (?) on a quartet of 2020 studs at Stanford Stadium earlier this evening...hmmm, can they be turned to the Dark Side...stay tuned...


#15 Luke Maurer, #6 Ethan Heasley, #5 Ethan Dang, Daniel Roy (2018 Furd), #2 Destin Lasco

http://instagr.am/p/Bpdhp3Ch15K
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

swan said:

I also heard that high end recruits Luke Maurer (a double Stanford swimming legacy), and Canadian stand-out Sabastian Somerset were also on recuiting visits. I was told by my source that they visited Cal during the same weekend Urlando and Destin Lasco.
swimmer19 said:

SwimSwam #6 Ethan Heasley was spotted at Indiana last weekend. He's also seen wearing a Stanford shirt on his instagram. Heasley was on the field at DKR the same day as the stockpile of 2020 recruits that were in Austin. He's presently at LSJU (this weekend), so 3rd known recruit trip.

Also at LSJU is #5 Ethan Dang, who visited Bears last month.
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Believe #2 Destin Lasco has joined the pair of Ethans for this weekend's trip to the Farm...

D Roy laying down his infamous recruiting charms (?) on a quartet of 2020 studs at Stanford Stadium earlier this evening...hmmm, can they be turned to the Dark Side...stay tuned...


#15 Luke Maurer, #6 Ethan Heasley, #5 Ethan Dang, Daniel Roy (2018 Furd), #2 Destin Lasco

http://instagr.am/p/Bpdhp3Ch15K
Another one at the Farm: #8 Rick Mihm, being recruited by Jon Cook & Anya Goeders:


#8 Rick Mihm, Anya Goeders, Jon Cook
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Thought I'd compile a list of visits from each recruit in SS's top 20 plus some others...

All visits by top 2020 recruits (official & unofficial, ? = unsure of visit):
#1 Carson Foster {OH} *committed to Texas*: Florida, LSJU, Texas
#2 Destin Lasco {NJ}: Indiana, Cal, LSJU
#3 Jake Magahey {GA}: UGA
#4 Gianluca Urlando {CA} *committed to Georgia*: Indiana, Cal, UGA
#5 Ethan Dang {WA}: Cal, LSJU
#6 Ethan Heasley {OR}: Texas, Indiana, LSJU
#7 Wyatt Davis {IN}: none
#8 Rick Mihm {PA}: LSJU
#9 Adam Chaney {OH}: Texas, Cal
#10 Preston Forst {NC}: USC
#11 Matt Brownstead {PA}: Auburn
#12 Harrison Lierz {CO}: none
#13 Ethan Hu {CA}: LSJU
#14 Coby Carozza {TX}: none
#15 Luke Maurer {IL}: LSJU
#16 Jack Moore {VA}: UVA
#17 Ben Dillard {CA}: none
#18 Forrest Frazier {IA} *committed to Cal*: Texas, Indiana, Cal
#19 Owen Conley {OH} *committed to Ohio State*: OSU
#20 Will Rose {OH} *committed to Arizona State*: ASU
HM Dare Rose {NJ}: none
HM Kyle Adams {IN]: none
HM Antonio Octaviano {PA}: none
UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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swimmer19 said:

UVA may have hosted plenty of women's recruits, but only two men's recruits known at UVA, courtesy of Jake Mitchell (#12 Nat, #1 IN), out of Carmel, and Boyd Poelke (#79 Nat, #3 NC) from SwimMac Carolina.
swimmer19 said:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Well, appears that the Hoos have reeled in their 1st 2020 verbal, judging by DeSorbo & co.'s in-your-face-as-usual post lol:
Ah yes, another one, but previous one may have been geared towards the guys' side?

Jean-Pierre (John Paul) Khouzam -> UVA

CS ranking as of verbal: #39 Nat, #4 OH

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VIRGINIA REELS IN VERBAL COMMITMENT FROM 2020'S JEAN-PIERRE KHOUZAM




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bearz012 said:


Thought I'd compile a list of visits from each recruit in SS's top 20 plus some others...

#11 Matt Brownstead {PA}: none


Matt Brownstead taking his first trip, Auburn:


L-R: Ryan Husband, Owen Etheredge (no CS profile?), Matt Brownstead, Elysse Pardus, Elliott Jones, Colby Hurt, Jacob McDonald, TJ Given (no CS profile?)
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