Photo Courtesy: Andrew Matejka
NEW COMMIT: Stanford’s distance group just became even stronger with the recent verbal commitment from Andrew Matejka. The Wellesley, Mass. native will make the move to Palo Alto to join the Cardinal’s class of 2023.
Matejka swims for Gator Swim Club where he is a four-time U.S. Open qualifier. He had a phenomenal 2018 NCSA Spring Championships, placing second in the 500 free (4:21.65), third in both the 1000 (9:08.43) and 1650 (15:17.01) and 15th in the 200 free (1:38.91).
He is the current New England Boys 15-16 record holder in the 1500m free with a time of 15:51.02 set back in 2017. Matejka is coming off a successful long course season where he finished 15th in the 400m free (4:00.28), 18th in the 800m free (8:21.97), and 24th in both the 200m free (1:53.50) and 1500m free (16:00.92) at Junior Nationals.
The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American is a rising senior at Wellesley High School. He attended both the National Select Camp last fall as well as the National Open Water Select Camp this past August.
He told Swimming World:
“It’s a dream come true to announce my commitment to continue my education and swim career at Stanford University! Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, friends, dog and anyone else who has ever given me the opportunity to do what I love! I can’t wait to get out to The Farm and represent the Cardinal! #GoCard #FearTheTree”
His best times include:
- 200 free – 1:38.91
- 500 free – 4:21.65
- 1000 free – 9:08.43
- 1650 free – 15:17.01
When Matejka arrives on The Farm for the 2019-20 season, he will join one of the top distance groups in the nation. Stanford took third through eighth in the men’s 1650 free at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships. Of those six A-finalists, Matejka – whose best mile time would’ve ranked him 11th at Pac-12s last season – will have all but one to train with.