COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho, September 30. THE latest recruit out of the Class of 2014 to go public with his commitment is Idaho’s Bryce Kananowicz. He’ll be heading cross country to compete for head coach McGee Moody’s South Carolina Gamecocks in Southeastern Conference competition.
Kananowicz, the 99th-ranked swimmer in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, is a star swimmer in Idaho. In fact, CollegeSwimming.com has his ranked as the top swimmer coming out of the state this year.
Kananowicz, who swims for the Coeur D’alene Area Swim Team, will provide Moody a weapon in the backstroke events. While 2011 proved to be Kananowicz’s top year as a swimmer thus far, he’s begun putting up some strong times this year as well.
In 2011, Kananowicz had a career year with a 49.27 in the 100-yard back, 1:47.71 in the 200-yard back and a 1:50.13 in the 200-yard IM all at the 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships. Since then, he’s diversified his event selection a bit with a 3:54.45 in the 400-yard M at the 2013 Speedo Sectionals. He also clocked a 2:04.58 in the 200-meter back at long course sectionals as well this year.
“South Carolina is a beautiful campus and offers some of the best facilities in the nation,” Kananowicz said. “With the amazing coaching staff they have at USC, I feel like I can reach my highest potential. The team has high goals, and was so positive and welcoming that I felt a part of the team on my trip. I’m really excited to join USC and do my part in contributing to a stronger team and helping make them one of the best teams in the nation. ”
Kananowicz will definitely benefit from an SEC-style training situation. He has basically had to train by himself in Idaho, and is a diamond in the rough for Moody to develop.