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Men's swimming and diving adds 8 newcomers

Postby PonyPride » Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:41 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

Mustangs Announce 2022-23 Additions

DALLAS (SMU) – Head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh has announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the men's swimming and diving program for the 2022-23 season.

The Mustangs are coming off back-to-back conference championships after winning their second straight American Athletic Conference title last season in dominating fashion, sweeping the conference specialty awards.

In addition to the conference title, SMU saw five of its athletes compete at the NCAA championships. Over the course of the season, six individual school records were broken in addition to two relays.

The class includes eight incoming freshmen.

Christian Bouchillon | Lake Orchard, Michigan | University of Detroit Jesuit High School | IM / Backstroke

Prep: Junior Nationals qualifier and YMCA Nationals finalist. All-State, All-American, Catholic League champion.

100 Back – 49.21
200 Back – 1:50.50

Jack Forrest | Little Rock, Arkansas| Little Rock Central | IM / Freestyle / Butterfly

Prep: Junior Nationals qualifier. 2021-22 Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team captain, 2021 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, 2021 Arkansas Swimming Long Course State Championship High-Point Award Winner, 2020 Arkansas Swimming Distance Swimmer of the Year, 2019-2022 All-State - Arkansas Activities Association Swimming and Diving (3x), 2x Arkansas Swimming State Record Holder. 2x team state champions. 2x All Arkansas Preps Swimmer of the Year. 2020-21 USA Today Arkansas Swimmer of the Year. National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National Honor Society.

100 Free – 46.15
200 Free – 1:40.25
100 Fly – 49.67

Personal: Mother and father competed in Track/CC at Arkansas State University. Brother competes in Track/CC at Hendrix University.

Graham Hohnbaum | Charlotte, North Carolina | Myers Park High School | IM / Freestyle / Backstroke

Prep: Junior Nationals Qualifier. High school Honor Role and team captain. 2022 4A Men's Swimming Sportsmanship Award recipient, State Champion 200 medley relay, 2022 Mens 4A team runner-up. School records in 100 free, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay.

200 Free – 1:38.61
500 Free – 4:32.92
100 Back – 50.27
200 Back – 1:50.77
100 Fly – 50.90

Kaleb Ikbal | The Colony, Texas | The Colony High School | IM / Freestyle

Prep: Junior Nationals qualifier. North Texas Sectionals 400 Medley relay record holder. Record holder in 200 Medley Relay, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 ree, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free, 200 free relay, 100 breast, 400 free relay. Third Place UIL Texas.

50 Free – 20.90
100 Free – 45.50

Personal: Also played soccer and ran cross country.

Hunter Lund | Houston, Texas | Klein Oak | IM / Freestyle

Prep: Junior Nationals qualifier. UIL 6A state 400 freestyle relay champions, Scholastic All American sophomore, junior, and senior year. Team captain.

200 Free – 1:38.73
500 Free – 4:24.20
1,000 Free – 9:07.23 (Under Current School Record)
1,650 Free – 15:40.48
200 IM – 1:51.83
400 IM – 3:56.28

Ryan Nordheim | Boca Raton, Florida | Saint Andrews / Mercersburg Academy | IM / Freestyle / Butterfly /Backstroke

Prep: Junior Nationals Qualifier – came within one-tenth of making the 2020 Olympic Trials in the 50 Freestyle. Honor Role and National Society of High school Scholars. All-American and swim team captain

50 Free – 20.51
100 Free – 45.59
100 Back – 50.54
100 Fly – 50.49

Personal: Played water polo in high school.

Sage Sungail | Altamonte Springs, Florida| Lake Brantley | IM / Freestyle

Prep: Junior Nationals qualifier. Team captain, All-American, National Select Camp. National Honors Society.

50 Free – 20.17
100 Free – 44.46
200 Free – 1:37.87
500 Free – 4:27.82
100 Fly – 49.99

Also plays water polo.

Carson Witte | Chanhassen, Minnesota | Minnetonka High School| IM / Breaststroke

Prep: Junior Nationals qualifier. All-Conference, All-American, Rookie of the Year, team captain, State Champion, school record holder. A Honor Roll, Academic Letter, AP Scholar with Distinction, Summa Cum Laude. Scholastic All-American.

100 Breast – 54.31
200 Breast – 2:04.76
100 Fly – 49.34
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Re: Men's swimming and diving adds 8 newcomers

Postby Water Pony » Fri Jul 15, 2022 12:01 pm

Thanks for sharing. We are starting to draw talented recruits, who will build our depth and get faster under Coach Greg. As a backstroker, there are two of them, who are great additions in this list, plus a good distance freestyler.

Well done!
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Re: Men's swimming and diving adds 8 newcomers

Postby ponyswim » Sun Jul 17, 2022 11:12 am

Very mediocre group unfortunately. It does not move the team forward much unless there is a lot of upside in those guys - which there may be. Sage can be very good. Hopefully several more can be as well. The distance swimmer did those times in his junior year in HS. He has not been very good since - not sure why. Hopefully he will thrive at SMU.
What IS very good is that Greg has a good group training with him this summer that will go to Summer Nationals in a couple of weeks. Hopefully some of those guys can show good improvement and qualify for finals.
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