PHOENIX, Arizona, October 16. COLLEGE recruiting continues to heat up, as five big names made verbal commitments in the past 24 hours. David Heron, a member of USA Swimming's open water national team, will be going to the University of Tennessee to work with the newly-beefed up distance program in Knoxville, headed by Heron's former coach at Mission Viejo, Tyler Fenwick. With his open water and distance prowess, Heron is a big addition to Tennessee as they attempt to bring a well-rounded freshman class in next fall.
Gage Crosby, a breaststroker from Arkansas, is headed to the University of Arizona next fall, where he'll train next to NCAA champ Kevin Cordes and the rest of the Wildcats' strong breaststroke group. And at 16 years old, Michael Domagala will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, part of the class of 2013. He's going to attend the University of Southern California next year, where his versatility in multiple events will help the Trojans. He was junior national champ in the 200 free and competed at the Olympic Trials.
Two top swimmers from overseas will move to the United States next fall for college. Australian Bonnie MacDonald, one of that country's best distance swimmers who swims for renowned coach Denis Cotterell, is going to the University of Alabama next year. MacDonald was in line to fight for a spot on the Olympic team last spring, but a back injury in March kept her out of the meet. And Laura Simon will give Virginia some depth in the breaststroke events, as the German has posted times that would qualify her for the US national championships.
We're approaching the halfway point of the FINA Swimming World Cup, and in less than 12 hours the first prelim session in Moscow will take place. All of the usual suspects are there, including Katinka Hosszu and Kenneth To, who are each building their overall points leads in the female and male divisions. Also at the meet are eight teenagers on the USA Swimming junior team getting some vital racing experience in Moscow and later this week in Berlin. A few of those swimmers will be racing with the weight of the college recruiting process off their shoulders, as they recently made their college commitments. We'll have a preview of the meet on swimmingworld.com later today, and we'll have live recaps of the finals on our website as well.