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Stanford men's swimming looks to future with solid recruits

 

Stanford men's swim coach Ted Knapp recently announced the signing of five student-athletes who will continue their academic and athletic careers on The Farm.

The quintet, originating from coast to coast, includes Jack Walsh (Ann Arbor, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central), Ryan Dudzinski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), Brad Zdroik (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Abrahm DeVine (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) and Matt Anderson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Aracadia).

"Our recruiting plan is fairly simple and has been consistent from year to year -- recruit the nation's very best swimming student-athletes. This helps us create the best environment and culture for our current and future success," said Knapp. "This year, we put a little extra focus on those that not only will be NCAA scorers in individual events, but will be significant contributors on as many relays as possible."

Here's a look at the recruits:

Jack Walsh (5-11, 165), Ann Arbor, Mich. • Detroit Catholic Central • Plymouth-Canton Cruisers. Top Times: 100 back (48.05), 200 back (1:46.82), 200 IM (1:48.54), 400 IM (3:52.10), 100 fly (49.58), 200 fly (1:48.14)

Knapp on Walsh: "Jack will contribute immediately in the backstroke events (individual and relay) and will add quality depth to our 200 and 400 IM group. He's a great underwater talent."

The Walsh File

• 2014 Junior Nationals seven-time finalist . . . 2014 state champion in 100 back . . . 2014 state runner-up in 200 IM . . . Six-time age group state recordholder (13-14: 100 and 200 back, 15-16: 100 and 200 back, 200 fly, 400 IM) . . . School recordholder in three events . . . National Honor Society . . . Two-time Scholastic All-America.

Ryan Dudzinski (6-0, 175), Pittsburgh, Pa. • Upper St. Clair • Upper St. Clair Swim Club. Top Times: 50 free (20.02), 100 free (44.16), 200 free (1:40.26), 100 back (46.76), 200 back (1:45.94), 100 fly (47.44)

Knapp on Dudzinski: "Ryan has the talent to be an NCAA scorer his freshman year and could help on at least three relays. He has tremendous leadership abilities."

The Dudzinski File

• 12-time All-American . . . 2014 state champion and recordholder in 100 fly . . . 2014 state champion in 400 free relay . . . Ranks nationally as one of the top three sprint back and fly specialists . . . Two siblings, Kyle and Brittany, both swim in college . . . National Honor Society . . . ETHICS president.

Brad Zdroik (6-3, 175), Hillsborough, N.J. • Hillsborough • Somerset Valley YMCA. Top Times: 50 free (20.32), 100 free (44.74), 200 free (1:38.50), 100 back (48.88), 100 fly (49.99), 200 IM (1:51.91)

Knapp on Zdroik: "Brad has tremendous sprint ability, mostly in the 50 and 100 free, but could be a sleeper in the sprint back and fly. He will contribute immediately his freshman year."

The Zdroik File

• Third at 2014 YMCA Short Course National Championships in 50 free (fastest non-senior) . . . Third at 2014 YMCA Long Course National Championships in 50 free (fastest non-senior) . . . Second in 50 free at 2014 state meet.

Abrahm DeVine (6-2, 160), Seattle, Wash. • Lakeside • Cascade Swim Club. Top Times: 500 free (4:26.85), 1,650 free (15:31.15), 200 fly (1:46.28), 200 IM (1:47.60), 400 IM (3:45.46)

Knapp on DeVine: "Abrahm impressed me this summer with his feel for the water and stroke mechanics. He joins a great IM group and will have tremendous college success."

The DeVine File

• 2015 United States National Junior Team . . . 2014 FINA 18-under World Cup Team . . . Second at 2014 Summer Junior Nationals in 400 IM and 200 IM . . . 2014 All-America . . . 2013 All-America . . . State recordholder in 200 IM . . . Three-time state champion . . . Club recordholder in multiple events and age groups.

Matt Anderson (6-5, 185), Scottsdale, Ariz. • Aracadia • Phoenix Swim Club. Top Times: 50 free (20.90), 100 breast (54.27), 200 breast (1:57.40), 200 IM (1:50.13), 400 IM (3:56.98)

Knapp on Anderson: "Matt is a talented and focused young swimmer. Along with his obvious breaststroke success, we might be able to get some sprint-free out of him."

The Anderson File

• 2014 Olympic Trials qualifier . . . 2014 Junior National runner-up in 200 breast . . . Six-time Arizona state champion . . . State recordholder in 100 breast . . . School recordholder in 100 breast, 200 IM and 200 medley relay . . . 2014 Scholastic All-America . . . Three-time team MVP . . . National Honor Society.

— Stanford Athletics

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