Grant Shoults, a senior at St. Margarita Catholic who announced his verbal commitment to Stanford via his Twitter account in July, became the first gold medalist of the FINA World Junior Championships, winning the 400 meter freestyle, on Tuesday at Singapore's OCBC Aquatic Centre.
Shoults, who swam the third fastest qualifying time, went 3:48.91 to win by more than a second over China's Jintong Yang.
According to SwimmingWorldmagazine.com, it's the fourth-best swim by an 18-and-under this year, and second-best by an American behind Townley Haas (3:48.69).
American Matthew Hirschberger placed seventh in 3:54.09.
Shoults competes in the 200 free on Wednesday.