2021 NCAA ‘B’ finalist Will Chan will move to Texas for 5th year

2021 NCAA 100m Breaststroke ‘B’ Finalist Will Chan announced he will use his fifth COVID-19 year at Texas during the 2022-23 season. Chan made the announcement by confirming to SwimSwam and placing “Texas Swimming and Diving” in his Instagram bio.

Chan spent his first four seasons at the University of Michigan. Chan qualified for the NCAA during his four seasons as Wolverine.

At the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Championships, Chan scored 57 points for the Wolverines, the fourth-most on the team. Chan advanced to the finals in all three of his individual events and was highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the 100m breaststroke as he clocked 52.01. He also finished eighth in the 50m freestyle (19.67) and 17th in the 200m breaststroke (1:57.73).

Chan then competed at the 2022 NCAA Championships where he swam in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries finishing with a time of 52.00 for 19th place. This moment was the best of the season. Chan has also swum the Michigan 200 and 400 medley relays as well as their 200 freestyle relay at the NCAA.

In 2021, Chan qualified for the NCAA Championships where he was highlighted by a 13th place finish in the 100 breaststroke (51.95). He also swam in the 200 breaststroke (1:56.64, 37th) and 50 freestyle (20.05, 46th) preliminaries.

Chan’s best SCY times are:

  • 100 breasts: 50.95
  • 200 chest: 1:53.27
  • 50 free: 19.56
  • 100 free: 44.24

Chan’s best times have the potential to have an immediate impact on the Longhorns. His top 100 breasts would have placed him second on the list last season only behind the senior rise Caspar Raven. Chan’s top 200 breasts would have been third on the list last season.

Chan’s best times also have the potential to impact the Longhorns runner-up at the NCAA level. Texas’ lone scorer in the 100 breaststroke was Corbeau who finished second with a time of 50.49. Chan’s best time would have been sixth. Chan’s arrival will help close the gap in the 100m breaststroke for Texas next year, as the Longhorns have several breaststrokes: 53 coming in the fall of 2023.

Chan told SwimSwam that he will be pursuing a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) at the McCombs School of Business. He said he was “drawn to Texas because of the reputation of their business school and the culture of their swim and dive program. I look forward to using my final year of college eligibility with the Longhorns while advancing my professional career outside of the pool.

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