Men's Recruiting - Ranking the Classes - 6-10



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#10 Wisconsin

While at Wisconsin Eric Hansen’s teams had NCAA Champions and Big Ten record-holders.  It seems in his first year, however, Whitney Hite was able to do something Hansen couldn’t – he stemmed the flow of Badger State talent crossing over the St. Croix into Minnesota.  The top four swimmers from Wisconsin (the state) will call Madison home for the next four years.  Wisconsin always landed a kid or two from in-state but the top men always left town.  Luke Bushman was one of those.  He went to Penn State, but little brother John opted to stay home.  Each of the O'Donnell's went to Madison and Ryan is the latest.  Those two alone can form the Badgers Medley's of the future.  Max Grodecki also elected to stay close to home and gives the Badgers a sprinter they can build around.  After that the Badgers stockpiled the depth of talent that hasn't been seen in Badgerland for some time.  If Hite can help these guys develop - something that hasn't always been guaranteed at UW - the Badgers are going to have something good going. 

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
19
John Bushman WI
1.56
27
Ryan O'Donnell WI
1.71
52
Max Grodecki IL
2.59
98
Jacob M Mandli WI
4.41
105
Austin Byrd WI
4.85
124
Joshua D Anderson TX
5.82
277
Travis Thompson WI
14.92

Graduating Seniors

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Lagerhausen, Wes
2















#9 North Carolina
It’s a tough call for the top class in the ACC.  The Tarheels knew they’d have their hands full in replacing Steve Cebertowicz, but they didn’t have to look far in landing Logan Heck from nearby Huntersville.   In 2008 a rival coach noted that guys like Cebertowicz and Evan Reed helped usher in a new attitude that helped make UNC relevant again.  Heck continues that legacy as a guy who swims much bigger than his 5’10” (maybe) frame would indicate.

Sam Lewis could prove the second-coming of Tommy Wyher and if so it will free the Tarheels up to plug Nic Graesser in wherever needed.  Those two plus Heck and Sean Sullivan should put UNC’s relays in the hunt for the NCAA meet, though some changes in the selection process would be welcome in their freshman year. 

Canadian IM’er Matt Kwatyra is probably the biggest individual pick-up.   He won’t have the relay impact like the above, but he should be able to collect buckets of points at ACC’s and also make his mark at the NCAA meet.  Ben Colley and Mitch DeForest are a little longer shot for a NCAA bid, but their development into multi-event top-eight scorers will take the Tarheels a few steps closer to an ACC title.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
44
Matt Kwatyra
2.24
62
Logan R Heck NC
2.75
72
Kurt Wohlrab NC
3.38
90
Mitch DeForest NC
4.28
92
Sam Lewis GA
4.32
95
Ben Colley VA
4.35
114
Sean Sullivan DC
4.94
406
Chris Gondek NC
35.43

Losses

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Cebertowicz, Steven
34
25.5
MacDonald, David
42
3
Singley, Wil
33

Reed, Evan
24

Lane, Sean
11

Flannery, Jim
3.5

Park, Nicolaas
1





#8  Michigan
With just a pair of Seniors playing significant roles this season, Michigan was one team that entered the recruiting year without much money to spread around.  That constraint was perfectly timed considering this year’s in-state prospects were among the weakest in years and the fact that the Wolverines graduated just one NCAA scorer – Senior Dan Madwed.   Somehow Michigan found a way to do more with less and picked up a pair of skilled underwater kickers in Reid Elliott and Peter Brumm who can hold the fort until next year’s class moves on.  Matthew McNamara isn’t on the level of say a Zechariah Banks (Indiana), but coming from in-state he was within the Wolverine’s budget and will strengthen Michigan’s thinnest area – breaststroke.  As if that wasn't enough - consider that the Wolverines also picked up Kenyon sprinter and Division III record-holder Zach Turk for a year as he enrolls in graduate school.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
28
Reid Elliott TX
1.72
37
Peter Brumm NC
2.01
94
William Raynor NE
4.34
125
Aaron M Ghiglieri OR
5.84
230
Paul Corbae TX
10.93
239
Nicholas E Killeen IL
11.90

Losses

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Madwed, Daniel
57
33
Vanderkaay, Dane
18

Konarzewski, Jan
16

Sreenan, Casey
1.5




#7 Texas
We know it can get hot in Texas, but are the Longhorns starting to feel some heat as they press for a NCAA title?   We originally had this class 12-14th, but then the Longhorns did something that will leave Eddie's Patriotic defenders backpedaling - he imported a breaststroker.  Israeli Imri Ganiel has been 1:00.9 in the long course 100 breaststroke, and single-highhandedly moved this class from 14th to 8th.  Sprint-wise, it's impossible to replace Jimmy Feigen, but John Murray will do just fine, he nearly make the 19 club with a 20.00 and has 43 100 speed ranking him in the top 3 in both the 50 and 100 Free.  Murray will get some help from transfer Caleb Weir who has dipped below 20.0 and has been 44 low in the 100.  Martens may be the distance swimmer of the future at Texas, but the rest of this class is mostly one that is big on potential and Eddie will need to coach ‘em up to reach the Texas standard of excellence.  Given the class that just graduated, these young men better listen up quick.  (Aaron Gustafson will give Nick D’Innocenzo another Patriot fan in the locker room).

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
29
John A Murray TX
1.74
32
Imri Ganiel
1.90
75
John T Martens CO
3.67
86
Liam Lockwood TX
3.91
104
John Lewis TX
4.84
116
Frederick I Lemaistre TX
5.28
151 Aaron J Gustafson MA
6.89

Graduating Seniors

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Feigen, James
56
54
Livingston, Drew
57
52
Cooper, Matt
46
29
Caskey, Neil
53
24.5
Friedland, Eric
42
22
McNeilis, Kyle
42
4
Wilcox, Jackson
47

Johnson, Timothy
36


#6 Harvard
Hard to deny the talent that Harvard recruited an excellent class.  The question is, how does it fit in?  They got some numbers but are there enough to overcome Princeton in a league that scores 24 deep?  They also got talent, but can they get them to the big show?   And finally, how many breaststrokers and IM’ers can you get into the big final?

What we can say is the Crimson easily have the best 3x100 Breaststroke relay among all freshmen classes.  Christian Carbone, Ryan Fortin, and Leo Lim are the breaststroke trio.   Their choice of Harvard is unique considering the Crimson’s top two breaststrokers are a freshman and sophomore.  Carbone is also an excellent IMer which will help ease the loss of Niall Janney.

Carbonne will get some help from Christian Yeager and Steven Kekacs.  The pair are excellent IM’ers with Kekacs also facing a choice between the 200 Fly and 1650 Freestyle.  In addition to the IM’s Yeager steps in with times ahead of the outgoing backstroker Robert Newell. 

Flyer Jacob Luna arrives on campus with times capable of scoring among the Ivy’s top eight and faster than anything on Harvard’s current roster.   He will get some pressure from Lim for the medley relay spots however.  Robert Doles and Tyler Rocca are both excellent additions.  Doles would be an excellent IM addition any other team, but with guys like Carbone and Yeagar he might be better suited developing his sprint events.  Rocca, a backstroker, could be in the same boat. Neither is a front-line sprinter just yet but with Harvard returning their being four in Chris Satterthwaite, Griffin Schmacher, Oliver Lee and Zach Walters, they will have some time to develop.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
39
Christian J Carbone IA
2.08
59
Leo Lim NJ
2.73
62
Steven Kekacs SC
2.75
66
Christian Yeager NY
3.23
80
Jacob Luna NV
3.82
105
Ryan Fortin MA
4.85
128
Tyler Rocca FL
5.85
182
Robert Doles GA
8.38
233
Adejia Boutte GA
11.39

Losses

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Janney, Niall
67

Newell, Robert
59

McLean, Matthew
35


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