PHOENIX, Arizona, October 19. TODAY, Northern Kentucky Clipper Max Williamson made the call to Stanford head coach Ted Knapp to commit to being a Cardinal after his high school career comes to a close this year.
Williamson is a Swimming World five-star recruit who hails from Fort Mitchell, Ky., and preps at Covington Catholic. He's one of a long line of strong swimmers to come out of Jason Roberts' Northern Kentucky Clipper program, which includes the likes of multiple NCAA champion Cory Chitwood. Williamson is following in Chitwood's footsteps, heading to Pacific 12 country, while Chitwood went further south to Tucson to swim for Arizona.
Williamson is one of the top breaststrokers and IMers in the men's Class of 2013, already owning NCAA Division I B cuts in the 200-yard breast (1:59.43), 200-yard IM (1:48.74) and 400-yard IM (3:42.19). He also has strong long course meter times in those events with a 2:15.06 in the 200-meter breast, 2:02.42 in the 200-meter IM and 4:22.29 in the 400-meter IM.
"After I met the guys, the coaches, and became aware of everything Stanford has to offer, I knew that Stanford is where I would love to spend my next four years," Williamson told Swimming World. "There is not another university like it in the world, and I am so proud to say Go Card and Stanford class of 2017!"
Williamson is the sixth-ranked recruit in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com, and is by far the best recruit out of Kentucky. Lakeside's Robert Leasure, who preps at St. Xavier, is the highest left on the board in Kentucky as the second-ranked male in this class.
The news follows on the heels of Swimming World six-star Lia Neal of AGUA making her pledge to the Cardinal as well. Stanford might not be making as many waves with the multiple commitments lately, but Williamson and Neal are about as strong as you can get.
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