Distance Star Matthew Hirschberger Verbally Commits to Stanford

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Matthew Hirschberger has verbally committed to swim for Stanford University according to tweets from his father.

Hirschberger is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200, 400, and 1500 freestyles.

In yards, he has clocked an 8:45.11 in the 1000. That will make for a valuable dual meet event. As for his potential Pac-12 and NCAA schedules, the rising senior has a best 500 of 4:16.43 and a 14:51.81 in the 1650. That swim was done back in December 2014. Hirschberger’s best 200 freestyle is a 1:37.13.

At this year’s Pac-12 Championships, he would have finished fifth in the 500 freestyle, behind Stanford swimmers Liam Egan and Danny Thomson. His best 1650 time would have placed him third. Egan won the event this year. The two distance swimmers will have one year to train together once Hirschberger arrives on the Farm in the fall of 2017.

At the 2016 NCAA Championships, Hirschberger’s best swim would have scored three points in 14th place, where Egan finished this year.

The Nations Capital swimmer also owns National Age Group records in the 11-12 1000 yard freestyle and 400 and 800 meter freestyles as well as the 13-14 and 15-16 1000s.

 

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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