Sun Devils Snag Verbals from Jeremy Graunke, Ethan Hansen, Lio Perez for 2021-22

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NEW COMMITS: The Sun Devils have added three new additions for the class of 2025 from Gilbert, Az. native Jeremy Graunke, Dublin, Ireland’s Ethan Hansen, and Emilio “Lio” Perez of Greenfield, Wisc.

All three swimmers will arrive in Tempe at the start of the 2021-22 season. Arizona State is coming off a fourth-place finish in the team standings at the 2020 Pac-12 Championships under head coach Bob Bowman.

JEREMY GRAUNKE

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Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Graunke Instagram (@jeremygraunke)

Primarily a sprinter, Graunke does his club swimming with Rio Salado Swim Club and has achieved the U.S. Open cut in the 50 free. He had a trio of top-8 finishes at Arizona Seniors last month and earned 100% lifetime bests at Phoenix Sectionals last spring. Last summer, he finaled in four events at Arizona LCM Seniors.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I’m excited to announce my commitment to swim at Arizona State University. Thank you to Coach Behm and Coach Bowman for this great opportunity. ASU has the top tier engineering and swim programs to further my academic and athletic goals. Forks up!!”

A current junior at Campo Verde High School, Graunke is a four-time Arizona DII State Championship finalist and two-time Arizona Meet of Champions finalist. He was the 50 free runner-up and raced to fifth in the 100 free in 2019 after taking ninth in both of those events during his sophomore season.

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.51
  • 100 free – 46.62
  • 100 fly – 50.40

ETHAN HANSEN

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Photo Courtesy: Ethan Hansen Instagram (@ethanhansen02)

Primarily a butterflyer and IMer, Hansen finished sixth in the 200m fly and eighth in the 400m IM at the McCullagh International Meet in February. In December, he grabbed bronze in the 200m fly and raced to fifth in the 200m back at the Irish SCM Championships and earned 100% best times at Swim England Winter Nationals.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Arizona State University. The opportunity to work with Bob Bowman and the Sun Devils team in world class facilities so that I can pursue my swimming goals is a once in a lifetime opportunity. ASU also offers me the chance to further my studies at a business school. Thank you to the coaching team at ASU for inviting me to join this incredible program. I would also like to thank my family, my friends, my coach Emma Collings-Barnes and the SPC at Mount Kelly, Nick Dobson at Knox Grammar School and Jon Rudd and his Swim Ireland pathway team for helping me achieve this dream. Go the Sun Devils.”

Hansen had an incredibly strong showing last summer at Irish Summer Nationals, achieving best times in all of his events and collecting a pair of silver medals in the 200m back and 200m fly. He was also the 200m IM runner-up at Summer Nationals in 2018.

His best times include:

  • 200m fly – 2:03.99 (1:48.61)
  • 200m IM – 2:06.64 (1:49.79)
  • 400m IM – 4:31.82 (3:55.12)

EMILIO “LIO” PEREZ

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Photo Courtesy: Emilio Perez Instagram (@emilioperez2)

A talented sprinter, Perez owns three U.S. Open cuts and swims year-round with Elmbrook Swim Club. He most recently earned silver in the 100 free at the Wisconsin 13&O Championships and finaled in the 50m free at the Toyota U.S. Open. Last summer, he earned two best times at the Wisconsin LCM Championships and placed 12th in the 50m free at Junior Nationals.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“All of this still feels like a dream. When I first came back to this sport I never would have thought I would be where I am today. With that said, I would like to announce that I am committing to Arizona State University. Thank you to everybody who has helped me in my journey to get me to where I am today. I can’t wait to get started with my new Sun Devil family and do even bigger things. Forks up”

Perez is also a four-time Wisconsin DI State Championship finalist for Greenfield High School. He was the 100 fly runner-up and took ninth in the 100 back as a junior while racing to fifth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free during his sophomore campaign.

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.40
  • 100 free – 44.53
  • 100 fly – 47.97

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