Niayesh makes verbal commit to Golden Bears


Less than six months after possible team ban in championships Preston Niayesh realizes dream

By Patrick Dillon @pdillon_sgn

VISALIA – Less than six months ago, Preston Niayesh’s future in swimming was in some rough waters. The entire El Diamante boys’ swim team had been banned from the section championships due to late entry. It was only by luck that the meet directors allowed the swimmers to compete as individuals, making way for Niayesh to clock his best times and to defend his titles. Now he has made his intentions clear on the next stage of his career with a verbal commitment to the University of California Golden Bears.

“I am ecstatic, especially after everything that happened last year,” Niayesh said. “Those times were the ones that ultimately got me looked at by Cal. This is just a childhood dream for me to swim at the division one level.”

Niayesh has been a part of the Miners’ swim team for three years with his senior season still to take place. In the last two years alone, he has seen his time improve tremendously. He has dropped three seconds off his 100-time breast and seven seconds off his 200.

Niayesh competes year round in the pool for the Tule Nation Tritons. He also competed in the Junior Nations this past summer in the 100 and 200 breast. That was only after finishing fourth and ninth respectively in those two events at Santa Clarita Speedo Sectionals.

What drew Niayesh to the school was the family atmosphere and the opportunity to be around world class athletes each day. During his official visit, the Golden Bears’ team took him in and made him feel like he was already part of the team. As far as making an immediate impact, he is perfectly fine with earning his stripes and gaining experience.

“I did not want to go to a team where I would be the king right away,” Niayesh said.

According to an article published by Swimming World, Niayesh will add depth for the Golden Bears breast stroke discipline after the graduation of NCAA Championship runner-up and PAC-12 champion Connor Hoppe.

Niayesh plans on majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

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