MENLO PARK, California, October 6. STANFORD can thank Palo Alto Stanford head coach Tony Batis for assembling a pretty strong Class of 2014 recruiting class as a pair of studs are staying close to home. Just days after No. 9 Andrew Liang committed to the Cardinal, training partner Curtis Ogren made the call to head to Stanford for college.
Ogren, the fifth-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, is a beast with some serious IM and breaststroke skills.
Ogren set the national independent school record in the 200-yard IM with a 1:45.01 while swimming for St. Francis High earlier this year, and also has a blistering 3:44.87 400-yard IM to his credit from the 2012 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals. He also can serve as a top breaststroker for Stanford with a 53.90 in the 100-yard breast and a 1:58.11 in the 200-yard breast to his credit this year at the CIF CCS Championships and Speedo Sectionals, respectively.
Ogren can throw down some serious long course meter swims as well. He has a 4:17.79 in the 400-meter IM to his credit, as well as a 2:03.45 in the 200-meter IM and a 2:17.50 in the 200-meter breast. Although it’s been awhile since he did distance free, he also has a 16:40.83 in the 1500-meter free on his resume from 2009, not to mention some backstroke ability with a 2:02.39 in the 200-meter backstroke.
Put simply, Ogren is a nightmare for opposing coaches when it comes to dual meets.
Stanford is the first school to claim a pair of top-10 men in the Class of 2014, and both happen to be from its home club.