Three-Time Kansas State Champion Ben Patton Sends Verbal to Missouri

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NEW COMMIT: Versatile Ben Patton of Wichita, Kansas has made his verbal commitment to the University of Missouri as a member of the class of 2023.

Patton swims year-round with Wichita Swim Club and owns the Junior National standard or better in seven different events which includes U.S. Open cuts in both backstroke distances. He recorded a pair of best times at Junior Nationals this summer and won the 200m IM with four additional top-10 finishes at Jenks Speedo Sectionals in July. Last December, he was a three-time Juniors West finalist with his highest finish being a sixth-place showing in the 200 back.

Patton also swims for Trinity Academy and is a six-time Kansas State Championship finalist, finishing nothing lower than second place all three high school seasons so far. The NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American won the 200 IM and was the 100 back runner-up as a junior. He won the 100 back and took second in the 200 IM as a sophomore after winning both events during his rookie season.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at University of Missouri! With the incredible coaches, amazing team culture, and great academics, I knew it was a perfect fit for me. I’m so blessed to have had the coaches, friends, and family who have helped me along the way. GO TIGERS!!”

His best times include:

  • 100 back – 49.28
  • 200 back – 1:46.67
  • 100 breast – 55.45
  • 200 breast – 2:00.44
  • 100 fly – 49.49
  • 200 IM – 1:47.84
  • 400 IM – 3:55.72

Patton’s versatility will be extremely valuable when he arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season and could see himself in a number of different events. Under head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh, the Tigers finished fifth at the 2018 SEC Championships.

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