ST. CHARLES – Add St. Charles East rising senior Calvin Windle to the impressive list of recruits the Missouri men's swimming team is attracting from Kane County.
Windle helped power the Saints to a seventh-place finish and combined swimming and diving state championship in February. He finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:36.95) and third in the 100 backstroke in 49.44 seconds.
With state medals in three individual events for his career, Windle verbally committed to Southeastern Conference school Missouri earlier this week.
At Missouri Windle will join Marmion standout Ty Spillane, who verbally committed in May.
"We did get to talk to some other recruits...even some current swimmers over a Zoom call a couple weeks ago," Windle said "That was probably the first time I talked to Ty about it...he got to commit there earlier and seeing that kind of showed a lot in the program."
Windle received interest and offers from a number of Big Ten programs, including Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin and more. Notre Dame was also high on his possible destinations.
The Missouri coaching staff has some "great goals" Windle believes in moving forward, including winning the SEC and qualifying for the NCAA Division I men's swimming championships.
"Those goals include getting to the top of the SEC and try and build the program around every swimmer there. [We want to] try to make the best team possible," Windle said.
Recruiting amid the COVID-19 pandemic brought some unique challenges. Much of it for Windle hinged on initial phone calls. Windle says he began talking with Missouri coaches in mid-March after the state meet and. It progressed to a campus visit last weekend.
Moving forward with the uncertainty of having an IHSA-sanctioned season or not, Windle is optimistic for returning to the pool.
"I'm really positive we're going to have the high school swim season," Windle said. "It's something I'm really looking forward to and that's something every single high school swimmer looks forward to every year...I've got some big goals coming down to the end of the season and [I'm] just trying to show what I can be before I leave the Illinois high school realm."