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The 2017-2018 Montana Swimming Senior athlete representatives are:

Olivia Bauman (PWST) and Mari Aoki (MAC).

The 2017 -2018 Montana Swimming Junior athlete representatives are:

AJ Popp (KATS) and Claire Becker (MYST).

Meet Progression Information:

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College Swimming Commitments:

Junior National Finalist Adam Zimmer Gives Verbal to Duke

Adam Zimmer from Missoula, Montana, has announced his verbal commitment to swim for the Duke Blue Devils as part of the Class of 2021.

Zimmer swims for Missoula Big Sky High School, and has Montana high school state records in the 100 breast (56.05) and 200 IM (1:52.55). He is an All-American and five-time state champion (3x in the 100 breast, 2x in the 200 IM). He also swims for Missoula Aquatic Club, and is a junior national finalist in the 100 breast.

Zimmer’s best times are:


Time (SCY)

Time (LCM)

100 Breast



200 Breast



200 IM



400 IM



100 Back



200 Back



Duke will welcome Zimmer’s breaststroke abilities when he arrives in Durham in 2017, as the Blue Devils will have graduated ACC breaststroke finalists Peter Kropp and Dylan Payne. Kropp currently holds the ACC record in the 100 breast (52.02).

Even with the departure of Kropp and Payne, Zimmer will have two years to train with current sophomore Judd Howard (53.85 in the 100 breast), and three years to train with current freshman Noah Stevens (54.95 in the 100 breast).

With still a year left to train with his year-round club team, Zimmer’s current best times would have ranked him 5th on the team in the 200 breast and 400 IM on Duke’s list of top times from the 2015-2016 season.

Minnesota Elicits Verbal from Montana Record Holder Cale Berkoff

Missoula, Montana’s Cale Berkoff has made a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota for 2017-18. Berkoff is from Missoula Aquatic Club and Hellgate High School, and, unsurprisingly given his genetic makeup, specializes in backstroke.

“I chose University of Minnesota because from the moment I got there I already felt like part of the team. I’m excited for my next four years as a Gopher.”

Berkoff won the 100 fly (52.65) and 100 back (50.72) at the 2016 MHSA State Swim Meet and was a member of two Hellgate relays that broke state high school records. He swam fly on the medley relay (23.26) and anchored the 400 free relay (47.71).

In club swimming, Berkoff had a strong junior year, earning best times in nearly all his top events in both SCY and LCM. At Federal Way Sectionals in March he was an A finalist in the 100/200 backstrokes, and top-24 in the 100 free and 200 IM. He was runner-up in the 200 back at Mt. Hood Sectionals in July, and placed fourth in the 100 back. He finished in the top 24 of the 50 free and 100 fly, as well. Berkoff’s best SCY times are:

  • 50 back – 23.90
  • 100 back – 50.12
  • 200 back – 1:49.20
  • 100 free – 46.89
  • 200 free – 1:43.07
  • 100 fly – 51.70

Berkoff will first suit up for the Golden Gophers with fellow class of 2021 verbal commits Evan Yoder and Jordan Portela.


AJ Popp's report on the 2016 Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion Select Camp    Word