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NEW COMMIT: The Sun Devils have received a verbal commitment for the class of 2024 from high school junior Lleyton Plattel of Pleasanton, Calif. Will Rose has also announced his verbal intent to join Arizona State in the fall of 2020.

Plattel swims year-round with Pleasanton Seahawks where he is a three-time Nationals qualifier with a pair of U.S. Open cuts. As one of the fastest distance swimmers in age group swimming, he is ranked No. 2 in the 800m free (8:09.74) and 1500m free (15:35.36) for the 13-14 age group. The current 13-14 record-holder, Jesse Vassallo, was a 1984 Olympian and former world record-holder. Plattel is one of only four swimmers in the 13-14 age group to have ever broken the 15:40 barrier in the long course mile.

Plattel most recently competed at Nationals this summer where he recorded a pair of lifetime bests and finished 14th overall in the mile at Nationals last winter. Also representing Amador Valley High School, the two-time NISCA All-American finished fourth in the 500 free at the CIF State Championships during his sophomore year.

He told Swimming World:

“I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to Arizona State University. From the moment I set foot on ASU’s campus, I instantly felt at home. The swim team provides an incredible environment to excel in both academics and swimming. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to become part of the Sun Devil family! Go Sun Devils!”

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:40.67
  • 500 free – 4:24.63
  • 1000 free – 9:15.81
  • 1650 free – 15:22.63

Even with two years of club swimming still to go before arriving in Tempe, Plattel would’ve scored in the B-final of the 500 free and would’ve placed top-14 in the mile at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships. In his third season as head coach, Bob Bowman led the Sun Devils to a fourth-place team finish at last season’s conference meet.

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