College Recruit Rankings Profile: Five-Star Ben Anderson, Class of 2011

By Reed Shimberg

PHOENIX, Arizona, June 24. BEN Anderson, a five-star recruit from the class of 2011, is the next subject in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings Profiles series. Anderson lives in Austin, Texas and swims for Longhorn Aquatics while attending Austin High.

He owns senior national cuts in the 50m free (23.19) and 100m free (50.97). He just returned from the National Junior Team trip to Spain. He enjoys teaching younger kids at Longhorn how to swim even if he ends up learning more about his own stroke by teaching them.

Anderson maintains his profile in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings.

What is your favorite thing about training at Longhorn Aquatics?
The coaches, the workouts and great friends that push you everyday. We all push each other and work hard during practice. We do fun things outside of the pool together. Going out to eat, poker nights, wakeboarding, tubing, etc.

What is your favorite set?
6-50s from a dive on 4 minutes – short course.

What is your least favorite set?
20 100s long course on 1:30 holding best average.

What is the craziest set you can remember anyone at Longhorn doing?
15 500s starting on 5:30 then working down to 5:15, it was insane.

Where are you at in the college selection process?
Still undecided on college. Looking at all the options and have not scheduled any official visits at this time.

What is your favorite swimming related memory?
Placing 4th at Junior Nationals in the 50 free with my best time.

Who do you look up to in the world of swimming?
Cesar Cielo, Nathan Adrian, Gary Hall Jr., Dave Walters, Aaron Peirsol.

What is your daily schedule with school and practice and such?
Practice from 5-7 in the morning, school from 9-2:30, practice from 4-7 in the evening.

What is something that people wouldn't know about you?
I play guitar and I love to wakeboard.

Have you ever played guitar with Ian Crocker? (I hear he is a big guitar player)
No, I haven't but I would love to. That would be really cool.

Who is your coach?
Doug Rusk and Mike Laitala. We see Coach [Eddie] Reese around the pool when he is coaching the UT squad and post grads. He is a great man and his coaching success speaks for itself. He doesn't know it, but I can impersonate his voice pretty well.

How often do you get to train with the post grads?
Well, we see them all the time but we don't train with them. All of the post grads train with Coach Reese.

What opportunities has swimming opened up for you?
I'm part of the national junior team and I got to go to Spain for a meet. I get to travel to great places to swim. I meet tons of awesome people.

How was Spain?
It was an incredible trip, and I'm so thankful I was able to go.

What do you want to get out of swimming?
Going really fast and hopefully one day be able to make a living off of it.

Do you consider yourself a role model?
Yes, I love to teach little kids swimming and help them with reaching their goals

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