PHOENIX, Arizona, October 16. ARIZONA's Eric Hansen continues to make inroads into the men's Class of 2013 as Swimming World five-star recruit Gage Crosby made the call to be a future Wildcat last night.
Crosby, who trains with the Razorback Aquahawgs and preps at Bentonville High in Arkansas, is a breaststroke specialist with a 1:03.40 in the 100 and 2:16.92 in the 200 breaststroke over long course meters.
“I chose the University of Arizona because it was the best fit academically and athletically,” Crosby told Swimming World. “The coaching staff is a very experienced group and the team is a true family.”
Crosby is the second top-50 recruit for Arizona in the men's Class of 2013. Erik Risolvato, the top-ranked swimmer out of Ohio, previously committed to the Wildcats. Crosby, who is ranked 34th in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com, is the top ranked swimmer out of Arkansas by a large margin. Tyler Crosson of the Aquakids Swim Team on Conway is now the top recruit in the state in play.
Crosby also has an interesting backstory, similar to A Christmas Story's “You'll shoot your eye out, kid” moment with young Ralphie looking for an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle for Christmas.
Off The Bench Sports has an article up about how Crosby's brother Jared “shot a BB into the air, and when it came back down to Earth, it hit Gage in the eye.” Luckily for Gage, the only permanent damage he received is that his eyes are permanently dilated according to the article. This meant he had to give up hand-eye coordination sports, leading him to swimming. Their loss is our sport's gain.
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