He still has two high school seasons left, but Lander Valley junior swim star Jonny Kulow has verbally committed to Arizona State University.

Kulow is a two-time all-state swimmer for the Tigers and holds three state records. He has helped Lander continue their string of 24 consecutive Wyoming Class 3A State Championships in boys’ swimming & diving.

Kulow spoke to WyoPreps’ David Settle about his commitment. The junior explained why so early, what appealed to him about Arizona State, the recruiting process, and more in the video at the top of this story.

Kulow has won seven of the eight events he has swum in at his first two state championships. He’s won a pair of 100 freestyle individual state titles, plus also one in the IM and another in the backstroke. Kulow has also been part of two championships in the 200 medley relay and one title in the 400 free relay.

The state records to Jonny’s credit include the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 200 IM. His time of 44.69 seconds in the prelims of the 100 free at the 2020 state meet eclipsed the old mark set 22 years ago by nearly a second. In the finals of the 100 backstroke at the 2020 state meet, Kulow established the new time of 50.08, which broke a 12-year old record. He also holds the mark of 1:54.55 in the 200 IM. That came at a ‘last chance’ swim meet on Feb. 16, 2019.

Kulow has been part of three relays that have state records. The 200 medley relay (1:34.05) set the mark on Feb. 16, 2019. The 200 free relay (1:27.15) established its record at the 2020 state meet in the preliminary round. That eclipsed a 24-year old state mark by nearly a second. The third relay record is in the 400 free (3:07.39), which was completed on Feb. 16, 2019.

Kulow will lead the Tigers in the 2021 and 2022 seasons as a junior and senior. The 2021 boys’ swimming & diving season in Wyoming begins practice on Monday, Nov. 30. Kulow will join the Sun Devils program in the fall of 2022.

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