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Rising highschool senior Cotton Fields has verbally dedicated to the SMU Mustangs.
Fields trains with The Woodlands Excessive College and The Woodlands Swim Staff within the northern-Houston suburb of The Woodlands, Texas.
In February, as a junior, Fields was a part of a group from The Woodlands that positioned 2nd on the Texas 6A State Championship meet, simply 3.5 factors behind long-time rivals Kingwood. There, he positioned sixth within the 200 IM in 1:50.62. That made him the quickest junior within the subject and the 2nd-fastest underclassmen behind solely Kingwood freshman Brendan Studdert (1:50.53). The highest Four finishers in that race had been all seniors.
At that meet, Fields additionally swam on The Woodlands’ Ninth-place 400 free relay, splitting 47.12 on a rolling begin within the remaining after a 46.82 break up in prelims.
Fields’ greatest occasions, the 200 again and 400 IM, aren’t a part of the normal highschool schedule, nevertheless. He positioned fifth within the 200 again at Sectionals in late February, his final meet earlier than meets began being canceled due to the oncoming coronavirus pandemic. There he swam 2:05.36 in lengthy course in finals after a greatest time of 1:46.33 in yards in prelims.
Early in his profession, he confirmed promise as a distance freestyler, although the IM and backstroke races have grow to be his focus extra lately.
Cotton Fields’ Finest Instances:
He joins an SMU males’s group that’s seeing an increase in recruiting since former University of Missouri head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh returned to the program prior to last season.
In Rhodenbaugh’s first yr on the cost, the Mustangs improved from 4th to third (out of Four groups) on the AAC convention championship meet. With 2 of these groups, UConn and East Carolina, eliminating their applications after final season, that leaves simply SMU and Cincinnati with males’s groups within the convention.
The Mustangs had an excellent younger core to their IM group final season, together with freshman Colin Feehery, who gained the AAC title within the 400 IM final yr in 3:46.53. Whereas Fields’ greatest instances would have made him a 3-event scorer finally yr’s AAC meet, together with an A-final qualification within the 200 again, with the unsure convention future for the Mustangs, that knowledge isn’t significantly related.
He would have ranked third on the SMU roster within the 200 again, simply 4-tenths behind the group’s chief Matan Segal. Each swimmers forward of Fields have graduated.
SMU has additionally picked up 1:40/4:31 freestyler Sawyer Inglis and 1:52/3:56 IMer Angus Corbeau as a part of the category of 2021, although Fields is the highest addition to date.
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