Louisville Opens 2021 Recruiting With In-State Verbal from Futures Finalist Luke Shourds

Luke Shourds
Photo Courtesy: Luke Shourds Instagram (@luke_shourds17)

NEW COMMIT: The University of Louisville has officially opened their Class of 2025 recruiting and recently earned an in-state verbal commitment. Junior National qualifier Luke Shourds of Bowling Green, Ky. will suit up for the Cardinals at the start of the 2021-22 season.

Primarily a breaststroker and IMer, Shourds swims year-round with Race Aquatics. He most recently competed at Greensboro Futures this past summer where he finished sixth in the 200m IM, 16th in the 100m breast, and 18th in the 200m breast after registering seven top-5 finishes at the Kentucky LCM Championships. Last winter, he recorded four best times at Southern Zone Sectionals en route to placing fifth in the 100 breast.

A current junior at Greenwood High School, the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American is a five-time Kentucky State Championship finalist. Shourds finished sixth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 100 breast as a sophomore after finishing 16th and 14th, respectively, in those events during his freshman season.

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Photo Courtesy: Luke Shourds Instagram (@luke_shourds17)

In SCY, his best times include:

  • 100 breast – 57.09
  • 200 breast – 2:05.72
  • 200 IM – 1:57.37

In LCM, his best times include:

  • 100m breast – 1:06.21
  • 200m breast – 2:25.66
  • 200m IM – 2:08.46
  • 400m IM – 4:38.95

Shourds has improved tremendously in recent years. Over the course of the past two seasons, he has dropped eight seconds in the 100 breast, 10 seconds in the 200 IM, and 15 seconds in the 200 breast.  With just under two years of club swimming still to go before arriving in The Ville, he will surely look to capitalize on his recent long course success heading into the upcoming short course season.

The Cardinals are fresh off a historic season where they were the team runners-up at the ACC Championships. Louisville finished a program-high fifth place at the NCAA Championships, surpassing their previous top finish of ninth in both 2012 and 2018. Their 212 points was also the most they’ve ever scored at NCAAs.

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