BERKELEY, California, November 26. THE California men's swimming and diving program, NCAA team champions in 2011 and 2012 -- and most recently 2013 Pac-12 champions -- has released its incoming class for the fall of 2014. Cal's list of 10 newcomers, who will join the program in the fall of 2014, include high school swimming standouts Kyle Coan, Kyle Gornay, Connor Green, Connor Hoppe, Ryan Kao, Justin Lynch, Nick Silverthorn, Zach Stevens, Matt Whittle and diver Finn Scribbick.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Kyle Coan is a freestyler/butterflyer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and a member of Redlands Swim Team. At Los Osos High School, Coan is a six-time CIF Southern Section champion (including 200 free in 2012 and 2013 and 100 fly in 2013) and a nine-time NISCA All-American. He is considered one of the top 200-yard freestylers in the class of 2014, with a best of 1:35.69. Coan is a former national age group record-holder (15-16) in the 200 free relay and was named the 2013 Inland Valley Swimmer of the Year as well.
A teammate of Coan's on the Redlands Swim Team, Kyle Gornay comes to Cal from Yucaipa, Calif. and Redlands High School. He is a freestyler/backstroker/butterflyer who holds numerous southern California swimming records and the national age group record for 15-16 years-olds in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:34.99. Gornay was a member of the National Junior Team that traveled to Dubai last summer to compete at the Junior World Championships.
Connor Green hails from Milton, Mass. and attends Boston College High School. He is a member of the Bluefish Swim Club and has been a part of the U.S. Junior National Team during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns. Green captured the bronze medal in the 200 back at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Dubai. He was also fifth in the 200 back at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Connor Hoppe is a 6-5 breaststroker from Merced, Calif. who attends Golden Valley High School and is a member of Clovis Swim Team. He is an All-American and the CIF Sac-Juaquin Section record-holder in the 100 breast and placed eighth in the 100 breast at the 2013 Junior Nationals. Hoppe also played for the Golden Valley High School water polo team this past fall.
A 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier, Ryan Kao comes to Cal from the La Mirada Armada club team and Kennedy High School in Southeastern Los Angeles. He is a five-time CIF champion and a three-time Empire League MVP. Kao is a top-tier 500 freestyler in the class of 2014 with a best time of 4:20.28.
From Vallejo, Calif. and a member of the Terrapins Swim Team, Justin Lynch is a talented butterflyer and freestyler who last summer at the World Championship Trials in Indianapolis set the 15-16 year-old U.S. national age-group record in the 100-meter fly with a time of 52.75. Lynch's mark topped legend Michael Phelps' 2001 age-group mark of 52.98 that had stood for 12 years, winning the consolation finals of the 100 fly. He is a member of the National Junior Team that competed at the 2013 World Championships in Dubai, winning a bronze medal in the 100 fly. Lynch won a gold medal in the 100 fly and a silver medal in the 200 fly at the 2013 Junior Nationals as well.
Nick Silverthorn is a freestyler/breaststroker/IMer from Livermore, Calif. who attends Granada High School and is a member of the Pleasanton Seahawks. He currently holds three national age group records and at the 2013 North Coast Section meet, Silverthorn placed third in the 100 breast while racing under the existing high school national record. His time of 53.61 in the 100 breast ranks as the third-fastest all-time high school mark.
Zach Stevens is a top breaststroker/IMer from Arroyo Grande High School and is a member of Puma Aquatics. He won the 100 breast at the CIF Southern Section Division II championships as a junior with a time of 55.13. Stevens also competed in the U.S. Olympic trials in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke as a 16-year-old in 2012 and was a 2013 High School All-American.
Hailing from Woodland, Calif., Matt Whittle is a breaststroker/butterflyer/IMer from Davis Senior High School and the Davis Aquadarts. He has bests of 55.29 in the 100 breast and 1:59.09 in the 200 breast. Whittle also shows his versatility in the 200 IM and the 100 fly with bests of 1:48.69 and 48.26, respectively. He is a long-time Cal fan and traveled to Minneapolis to watch the Bears capture the first of their back-to-back national titles in 2011.
Cal's diving letter of intent signee is Finn Scribbick from San Antonio, Texas and Alamo Heights High School. He is also a member of the San Antonio Divers club team. Scibbick is a three-time Texas High School State Champion (4A) and placed eighth on the one-meter board (505.90) at the 2013 USA Diving Junior National Championships. He also captured the bronze medal at the 2013 Pan Am meet in the three-meter synchronized diving competition.
"The great thing about this class of athletes coming in is that we addressed everything -- from the freestyle 50 to the mile, the breaststroke events, the backstroke and butterfly, to our relays," said Durden. "We even improved our team on the boards with Finn Scribbick, a high-quality diver. It is a great group that could be considered as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation."
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