Photo Courtesy: Kai Bathurst
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NEW COMMIT: Indiana University has recently gained a new member for the class of 2023 in Christian “Kai” Bathurst, who has given his verbal commitment to swim for the Hoosiers.
A native of Redondo Beach, Calif., Bathurst does his club swimming with Beach Cities Swimming where he is a five-time Junior National qualifier. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American recently wrapped up a successful long course season, notching two personal bests in the 200 free and 400 free at Junior Nationals.
Also competing for Mira Costa High School, Bathurst finished second in the 200 free (1:38.83) and sixth in the 100 free (46.38) at the 2018 California CIF Central Section Division 2 Championships. As a sophomore in 2017, he finished third in the 200 free (1:40.10) and tenth in the 100 fly (50.69) at the same meet.
He told Swimming World:
“I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Indiana University. I’d like to thank my family, coaches and friends for their support!”
His best times include:
- 100 free – 45.75
- 200 free – 1:38.17
- 500 free – 4:29.55
- 100 fly – 49.72
- 200 fly – 1:48.92
Bathurst will provide more depth to an already loaded Hoosier mid-distance squad. When he arrives on campus in the fall of 2019, he will have two seasons to train with Griffin Eiber, Spencer Lehman and Corey Gambardella. Indiana wrapped up a historic 2017-18 campaign in which they won their 26th Big Ten title and finished third at NCAAs.