IUPUI Adds Grayson Tidwell to Freshman Class of 2022

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Grayson Tidwell from Heath, Texas announced his decision to go to college for the fall, deciding to commit to swimming at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Tidwell recently completed his senior season at Heath High School and is swimming at his club with the Rockwall Aquatic Center of Excellence.

“I am extremely pleased to announce my verbal commitment to continue my
academic and swimming career at IUPUI!! A huge thank you to my parents and my coaches, because I would never have achieved this goal without them by my side throughout the course. Go Jags!”

Tidwell has qualified for the UIL 6A State Swimming and Diving Championships three times and has been a runner-up on multiple occasions in the competition. As a sophomore, he finished 7th in the 100m backstroke at the meet, stopping the clock at 50.70 in the final. He improved nearly a second from this time in 2021, clinching 4th place in 49.75. He missed the event finals during his senior season.

Last December, Tidwell was a finalist in the 200 backstroke at the West Winter Junior Championships. There he swam a new lifetime best of 1:47.85 in the preliminaries before eventually finishing 23rd in the final with a time of 1:47.87.

SCY best times

  • 200 free – 1:42.64
  • 500 free – 4:36.27
  • 100 return – 49.75
  • 200 back – 1:47.85
  • 100 chest – 59.89
  • 100 fly – 50.33
  • 200 butterfly – 1:52.68
  • 200 IM – 1:53.00
  • 400 IM – 4:09.32

Tidwell will provide strong depth for the Jaguars in several events next season, particularly in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Last season, he would have held the program’s second fastest time in the 100 and third in the 200. IUPUI had a young group of backs last season, with a second Nick Cavanah lead the team in the 100 and freshman Danish Charleston leading the 200. Tidwell will have several years of overlap with the two when he arrives on campus this fall.

IUPUI is coming off a third-place finish at the 2022 Horizon League Championships. Tidwell would have been a solid addition to the squad in this encounter, with his times in the backstroke events fast enough to advance to the A final of both races . He would also have contributed points in the B-final of several races.

Last season, the Jaguars head coach Damion Dennis was voted Horizon League Men’s Coach of the Year for his team’s results in the conference game.

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