Two-Time NCAA Qualifier Josh Dannhauser To Transfer to Wisconsin

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2019 NCAA qualifier Josh Dannhauser announced he is transferring from Auburn University to the University of Wisconsin. A native of Durban, South Africa, Dannhauser did not compete for the Tigers this past season, but swam at the 2019 NCAAs as a sophomore in both the 500 and 1650, finishing as high as 25th in the 1650. He had also qualified to swim as a freshman in 2018, placing 39th in the 1650 and 45th in the 500.


Josh Dannhauser representing Auburn at the 2019 NCAAs. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Dannhauser, primarily a distance freestyler, will be a big addition to the Badgers next season as they qualified four individuals to NCAAs this season before the meet was cancelled. Only one of the four was a senior so Dannhauser will fill that void if he can again qualify for the meet in 2021 for the third time. He would currently be the number one distance swimmer at Wisconsin and would be in the top five all-time with his personal bests alone.

Wisconsin finished fourth at Big Ten’s this season and have a lot of momentum building with a new pool coming to campus soon.

Dannhauser’s best times would put him in A-Final scoring position at the Big Ten level.

He will join an incoming recruiting class consisting of Andrew Benson, Jacob CarlsonIsaac CaseyJake DiMartile, Christian Frank, Jake NewmarkTruman TeDuits and Jude Williams.

Josh Dannhauser’s best times:

  • 200 free: 1:37.32
  • 500 free: 4:16.78
  • 1650 free: 14:52.29
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