50 Free AZ State Champion Caleb Stanley Verbals at Arizona State

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Caleb Stanleyan Arizona high school state champion in the 50 free, verbally committed to ASU.

I am extremely grateful to announce my verbal commitment to pursue my academic and athletic career at Arizona State University! Thanks to Coach Behm, Coach Bowman and the ASU coaching staff for this amazing opportunity. A huge thank you to my family, my coaches and my teammates. Forks!!!”

Stanley is a junior at Desert Vista High School and helped lead the school to victory in the Arizona High School Division 1 Boys State Championship in 2021, edging out historic champion Brophy and top contender Chaparral . In that meet, Stanley won the 50 freestyle, came 4th in the 100 freestyle, and competed in the winning 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay in 2nd place.

Stanley swims the club for the Gold Medal Swim Club. In addition to his swimming, Stanley is a college baseball player at Desert Vista.

Stanley has a Winter Juniors cup in the LCM 50 free with his time of 24.23.

Best short course yardage times:

  • 50 free: 20.84
  • 100 free: 46.91

ASU is a member of the Pac-12 conference. At the 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships, ASU finished 5th out of 6 teams. Stanley will need to lose more than a second in the 50 freestyle and three seconds in the 100 freestyle to make the finals in those events at the Pac-12 championships, which regularly feature some of the fastest swimmers in the country.

If ASU maintains its momentum from this season, Stanley will join one of the top sprint programs in the nation. Redshirting their entire freshman roster in 2020-21, the ASU men finished their 2021-22 season finishing 6th in the NCAA. Specifically, Herbie Behm, who was recently promoted associate head coach–worked with the sprint team; ASU sprinters set program records in all five stints, including breaking the record 200 freestyle stints three times this season. The swimmers also set records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles this season.

Many of ASU’s fastest sprinters are current juniors or seniors, including Jack Dolan, Cody Bybeeand Carter Swift. When Stanley joins in 2023, he will have the opportunity to add depth to the sprint team after many of his top swimmers graduate. He will also have the opportunity to train with established sprinters, like the current freshmen Christian Osterndorf and patrick samon.

ASU has recruited a number of sprinters for next year, including the Virginian State Championship 50 free runner-up Matthew Duren and Spring Speedo section champion Jonny Kulow. However, about half of the top 2021-22 sprinters for ASU will likely have graduated by the time Stanley joins the team, so Stanley will have plenty of opportunities to establish himself when he arrives.

Stanley joins distance freestyler and multi-stroker Ilya Kharunmulti-race Leo Kuruczsprinter William Woodallback and sprint Asher Haven Hill for the ASU recruiting class of 2023.

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