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I can answer most of that...

As far as the question about NCState... No idea. And I think the only person who can answer that is Connor or Oliver themselves, and MAYBE their families. Maybe it changed his mind about what recruiting trips to take and then once on grounds they loved it, maybe it made them like NCSU a little less, who knows. Since neither one is a highly touted top 10, 20 or 30 recruit (especially in sprints), I doubt they were only considering a school for their 1 coach that worked with sprinters and not any of the other factors like rest of the team, other coaches, academic reputation, etc. With that said... it might have been the straw on the camels back, but I highly doubt it was a boulder on that poor camels back.

The other question can easily be answered by saying, none of them would have scored at ACCs last year.

I want to follow that up by saying, most high school juniors (99.9% of them) would not score at a major conference meet with their best times. I dont think there is a single member of the men's team now or in recent history that could have scored (at least in the A or B heat) at last years ACC meet. But that is the nature of Men's swimming. Just look at what Whiteside did last year compared to his High school JR year times. Even Fong, or going back to some of the past All-Americans like Robison, Robertson, Oleson, Stahl, Camp, and others that I know I am leaving out...

With that said, some of these new guys show tremendous potential, especially Grender with his versatility. I mean does that kid swim distance or sprint?? He could go either way. What is the most exciting is that we are getting guys with potential now, and we will see just how good of a coach DeSorbo is. NCsu did start their rise with the same style of recruits... guys with untapped potential who then exploded onto the scene after a year or two under their coaching. Hopefully we will see the same.

On a similar slightly unrelated note... that is really the only way we can expect to build our program back to be at the top. We will not be able to sign the Reese Whitleys, the McHughs, Freemans or Kiblers (for this current class) until we can establish ourselves back at the top of the conference. And I think we are on the right track now, and these recruits fit the mold of what we need, and what we can develop to return to the top.

(In response to this post by Slider)

Posted: 09/22/2017 at 12:17PM


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Current Thread:
Oliver Rus (Fairfield CT) - swim commit -- Stimp 09/22/2017 08:38AM
  Please tell me that 200 free is a typo..... ** -- DurhamCav 09/22/2017 09:18AM
  Best time is 1:48 -- PWillis52 09/22/2017 1:43PM
  Yep. Clearly a non-taper meet -- PWillis52 09/25/2017 4:28PM
  Another - Connor Killion (Huntingdon Valley, PA) -- Stimp 09/22/2017 08:43AM
  Couple of questions, Stimp... -- Slider 09/22/2017 08:59AM
  I can answer most of that... -- SipSip 09/22/2017 12:17PM
  That's certainly true for males -- LeadingEdge 09/22/2017 8:03PM
  Grender could have been top 16 in the mile -- PWillis52 09/22/2017 1:55PM
  Follow up... -- SipSip 09/22/2017 12:48PM
  Thanks SipSip. ** -- Slider 09/22/2017 12:22PM

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