Cal Swimming Officially Rounds out Recruiting Class for Men’s Team

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Cal swimming & diving program officially added four newcomers to the men’s team, including a trio of transfers, to its roster this week, further strengthening the Golden Bears’ depth heading into the 2020-21 collegiate season.

Former Notre Dame swimmer Zach Yeadon, former Indiana swimmer Kai Bathurst, who announced his commitment earlier, former Cal Poly diver Tyler Wesson and incoming freshman swimmer Tavis Siebert will make their new homes in Berkeley starting this fall with Cal Swimming. The four additions round out a group of 13 total newcomers on Cal Swimming’s 2020-21 roster.

Yeadon, a native of San Antonio, Texas, was a seven-time CSCAA All-American and two-time ACC champion over three years with the Fighting Irish. The distance freestyler scored at both the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Championships and was poised for a strong performance in 2020 before the meet was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; Yeadon was seeded third in the 500 free (4:10.39) and second in the 1650 free (14:27.93) after earning ACC titles in both events.

As a freshman in 2018, Yeadon equaled Notre Dame’s best-ever finish at the NCAAs by placing fourth in the 1650 free (14:35.98). He has qualified for two events at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials and brings experience to Cal swimming.

During his freshman year in Bloomington (2019-20), Bathurst registered a Big Ten Championship A Final appearance with an eighth-place finish in the 200 fly (1:45.55) and added two B Final appearances in the 500 free (14th, 4:23.05) and 200 free (15th, 1:36.55). The Redondo Beach, Calif., native competed for Mira Costa High School at the prep level and was the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division II champion in the 200 free and a USA Swimming Scholastic Academic All-American. Now he will bring that experience to Cal swimming.

Wesson, a rising sophomore from Morgan Hill, Calif., earned a pair of top-10 finishes for Cal Poly at the 2020 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Diving Championships, taking eighth place in both the 3-meter (291.25) and 1-meter (282.75). He later finished 21st overall in the 3-meter (274.95) at the NCAA Zone E Championships.

Siebert hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., and graduated from ASU Preparatory Academy this past spring. A 2018 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Siebert also swam club for Pitchfork Aquatics. He won the 200-meter fly at the USA Swimming Futures Championships and the 100-yard back at the Arizona Short Course Senior Open Championships in 2019.


Cal Swimming 2020-21 newcomers

Kai Bathurst Free/Fly 6-3/185 So. Redondo Beach, Calif. Indiana/Mira Costa HS (Calif.)
Forrest Frazier Breast/IM 6-2/195 Fr. Iowa City, Iowa City HS
Dylan Hawk Free 6-8/210 Fr. Los Gatos, Calif. Los Gatos HS
Matthew Jensen Free/Fly/IM 6-4/190 Fr. Upper Dublin, Pa. Upper Dublin HS
Tyler Kopp Free 5-10/145 Fr. Katy, Texas James E. Taylor HS
Destin Lasco Free/IM/Back 6-2/194 Fr. Linwood, N.J. Mainland Regional HS
Jack Meehan IM/Free 6-0/160 Fr. Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Catholic HS
Dare Rose Free/Fly 6-2/165 Fr. Jersey City, N.J. Packer Collegiate Institute
Björn Seeliger Free/Fly/Back 6-8/190 Fr. Södertälje, Sweden Ronninge Gymnasium
Tavis Siebert Fly/Free/IM/Back 6-4/175 Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. ASU Preparatory Academy
Max Valasek Diving 6-0/150 Fr. Palo Alto, Calif. Palo Alto HS
Tyler Wesson Diving 5-8/150 So. Morgan Hill, Calif. Cal Poly/Archbishop Mitty HS
Zach Yeadon Free 6-5/170 Sr. San Antonio, Texas Notre Dame/Reagan HS (Texas)

More Cal swimming and college news here.

Leave a Reply