Photo Courtesy: Tyler Christianson
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NEW COMMIT: Easton, Md. native and high school junior Tyler Christianson has announced his verbal commitment to Notre Dame and will join the Fighting Irish in the fall of 2020.
Christianson does his club swimming with Naval Academy Aquatic Club and is the owner of four U.S. Open standards. He most recently competed at Juniors East earlier this month where he took seventh in the 200 breast and ninth in the 400 IM. He concluded his long course season with four gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the ISCA Summer Senior Championships. At NCSAs in March, he finished fifth in the 200 breast to earn a spot on the Irish Open Selection Team. Also representing Saint Peter & Paul High School, Christianson won the 100 breast and was the 200 IM runner-up during his sophomore season after placing fourth in both events as a freshman at the National Catholic High School Championships. He has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors.
He told Swimming World:
“I am beyond excited to announce my commitment to swim for the University of Notre Dame. I feel so honored to be a part of the Notre Dame family and carry on the proud tradition of the Fighting Irish both in the classroom and in the pool. Coach Litzinger and his team of coaches and athletes are truly writing a new chapter for the university that I just needed to be a part of. Go Irish!”
His best times include:
- 100 breast – 55.69
- 200 breast – 1:58.60
- 200 IM – 1:49.88
- 400 IM – 3:51.85
- 200 fly – 1:52.41
When he arrives on campus at the start of the 2020-21 season, Christianson will add his talents to a breaststroke group that includes Josh Bottelberghe and Matthew Limbacher as well as an IM group led by Marci Barta. Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Irish, he would’ve scored in the C-final of the 200 breast and 400 IM at the 2018 ACC Championships where Notre Dame finished fourth overall in the team standings.
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