BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, September 9. ALTHOUGH the more high profile men of the Class of 2014 are taking their time weighing their options, some of the rest of the class is starting to make their decisions early. Tonight, Canadian distance freestyler Teddy Kalp of North York Aquatics in Ontario gave head coach Ray Looze of the Indiana Hoosiers the phone call he was waiting for as he committed to swim in Bloomington following high school.
Kalp, the No. 73 recruit as ranked by CollegeSwimming.com, will provide Looze and associate head coach Mike Westphal another strong member to its ever-improving distance group.
Kalp had an impressive run this summer as a member of Team Ontario at the ultra-important Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec, as well as taking part in the World Junior Championships in Dubai.
Kalp placed in the final in the 400-meter freestyle in Dubai with a 3:54.64, while also making finals in the 800-meter freestyle where he clocked an 8:04.20. Additionally, Kalp clocked a 3:52.45 in prelims of the 400 free in Dubai, and posted a 1:50.06 leadoff for Canada’s 800-meter free relay.
Meanwhile, Kalp dominated at the Canada Games in Quebec with several wins. He won the 400 free (3:55.76) and 800 free (8:11.77), as well as helped the men’s 400 free and 800 free relays to victories.
“I felt that it was the right choice for me,” Kalp said of his commitment to Indiana via his CollegeSwimming.com profile. “The team, and the program, was so amazing, and I feel that huge improvement is on the way.”
With the likes of Big Ten powerhouse Lindsay Vrooman and IU’s top male distance swimmer Jim Barbiere finding incredible success swimming for Westphal, that improvement Kalp writes about is almost assured to come during his years in Bloomington.
The more highly touted men’s recruits are definitely being cautious about their commitments with No. 22 Colin Ellington being the highest ranked men’s recruit to publicly commit as he’s headed to N.C. State.