OAKVILLE, Ontario, Canada, September 16. EVAN White of Oakville Aquatics out of Ontario, Canada became the highest rated male swimmer to come off the board in the Class of 2014 as he committed to head coach Mike Bottom and the Michigan Wolverines this weekend. Oakville’s head coach Sean Baker confirmed the news tonight.
White is ranked 11th in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com. Previously, the top-ranked recruit to have committed early was No. 22 Colin Ellington, who is on his way to N.C. State.
White has had a sensational summer, including bettering his 15-17 Canadian Age Group record with a 2:00.31 in the men’s 200-meter IM at the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai. That’s after he took down a three-decade-old age group record in the event during the Canadian World Championship Trials in April He first clocked a 2:02.38 in the event in Montreal, downing the former record set by Olympic gold medalist and overall Canadian legend Alex Baumann 32 years ago.
White also had a tremendous meet at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, one of the most prestigious junior meets in the country. He finished his meet with an astounding six gold medals and a bronze. He won individual titles in the 200 fly, 200 breast, 100 fly and 200 IM, as well as helped Team Ontario to victories in the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay. His only non-gold medal came by way of a third-place outing in the 400 IM.
At the Canadian Senior Nationals, he helped his Oakville squad to a rare outcome as the overall national team champions. Oakville powered to 707 points at the meet, winning the overall title as a non-university-affiliated program.
He’ll definitely be in good company with Michigan as the program has a distance tradition like almost no other team in the NCAA.
White joins No. 40 Paul Powers as early commitments for Bottom’s squad in Ann Arbor.