Michigan high school state champion Owen Stevens commits to Louisville (2025)

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Michigan high school state champions Owen Stevens has verbally committed to the University of Louisville as a member of the high school class of 2025. A native of Zeeland, Michigan, on the state's hot west coast, Stevens is the next generation Kickstarter of Louisville's premier men's middle distance group.

Stevens was named to the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (MISCA) Dream Team with the fastest 500 freestyle from all of Michigan's divisions during the high school season.

In March, he won the Michigan Division 1 (Big School) state title in the 200 IM (1:49.68) and 500 Freestyle (4:27.48), successfully defending his titles in both events. He said he felt more pressure as the defending champion his junior year, but was happy with his results in that meet (more so in the 500 free than the 200 IM).

Best times in yards:

  • 100 free – 46.20
  • 200 free – 1:39.25
  • 500 free – 4:27.48
  • 100 Breast – 56.53
  • 200 back – 1:46.17
  • 200 IM – 1:49.44
  • 400 IM – 3:55.91

A true middle-distance swimmer, he rarely reaches more than 500 meters and could be considered an IM specialist in college, although his focus in high school was on freestyle competitions.

Stevens, who is 1.85 meters tall, also had a good start to his distance season. At the 18 & Under Spring Cup last week in Elkhart, Indiana, he placed second in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.80, improving his previous best by six tenths.

Louisville's men's middle distance group was led by juniors last season Murilo Sartori, who placed 8th at the NCAA Championships, posting a season-best time of 1:31.42. Most recently, he won the Brazilian National Championship in the 200m free at the country's Olympic Trials.

The Louisville men need to rebuild their strength after a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a 4th-place finish at the ACCs, but their middle distance group remains strong – including a 7th-place finish in the 800 free relay at the NCAA Championships . Of that group, however, only Guy Brooks (1:32.00) is likely to be on the varsity squad when Stevens arrives.

Since Louisville only had three individual scorers in last year's NCAA Championship meet (two rising seniors, one ineligible), a lot depends on the 2024 and 2025 classes – which are very strong classes on paper.

The Cardinals are catching up in the 2024 boys class Jake Eccleston, Gregg Enoch, Rian Graham, Thomas Powers Hammond, Aiden MussoAnd Gavin Sheydaa group that includes state champions from several states across the country.

The class of 2025 isn't quite as deep, but with Stevens, Nate Thomas, Ryan Henderson, Ryder Hicksand a recent signing of Junior World Championship finalist Szymon Misiak, they should at least help fill out the Cardinals' depth. With Cal and Stanford coming next season, depth at the conference level will become even more important as it is already one of the deepest conferences in the country.

Stevens swims for Zeeland High School and the West Michigan Swimmers.

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