Stanford Gets Verbal from Local Standout Jonathan Affeld of Alto Swim Club

Jonathan Affeld
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NEW COMMIT: Stanford University has received a new in-state verbal commitment from local standout Jonathan Affeld. The Palo Alto, Calif. native will arrive on The Farm as a member of the class of 2024.

Affeld, who owns 11 Winter Juniors (or faster) standards, swims year-round with Alto Swim Club and trains out of his future college pool. He most recently recorded four best times at Junior Nationals this past summer where his highest finish was an 18th-place showing in the 100m fly after earning silver in the 200m fly at Santa Clarita Sectionals. Last winter, he finaled in the 500 free at Juniors West before going on to register five top-8 finishes at Carlsbad Sectionals.

Also competing for Henry M. Gunn High School, Affeld is a five-time CIF North Coast Section Championship finalist. The NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American won the 500 free and was the 200 IM runner-up as a junior after finishing second in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free during his sophomore season.

He told Swimming World:

“I am extremely honored and excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Stanford University. I want to thank my teammates, my parents, and Coaches Joey, Alec, Dan, and Neil for helping me along the way. I can’t wait to start life on the farm. Sko Card!”

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:37.65
  • 500 free – 4:25.64
  • 1000 free – 9:24.34
  • 1650 free – 15:36.94
  • 100 back – 49.32
  • 200 back – 1:48.10
  • 100 fly – 48.21
  • 200 fly – 1:47.55
  • 200 IM – 1:46.94
  • 400 IM – 3:52.29

Affeld’s versatility will be extremely beneficial when he suits up for the Cardinal at the start of the 2020-21 season. He has made major improvements over the past year, dropping eight seconds in the 200 IM, 15 in the 400 IM, three in the 100 fly, seven in the 200 fly, six in the 200 back, and five in the 500 free. He’ll also join Aaron Sequeira, Preston Forst and Luke Maurer next fall.

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  1. Lyn Kopal


    • Marianne Heritage

      Lyn Kopal Yes, he is current teammate, fantastic swimmer, and all-around good kid!