Ryan Hoffer Goes No. 2 In ISL Draft
BERKELEY – California men's swimming standout and seven-time NCAA champion Ryan Hoffer was selected as the No. 2 overall pick by the DC Trident in the inaugural International Swimming League rookie draft Tuesday afternoon.
Hoffer announced his decision to go pro and enter the ISL draft with an Instagram post on June 27. A four-year standout at Cal, Hoffer was eligible to swim a fifth year for the Golden Bears in 2021-22 due to the NCAA's relief efforts surrounding COVID-19.
Hoffer ended his collegiate career in Berkeley as one of the program's most decorated swimmers, amassing seven NCAA titles (four individual, three relay), 27 All-America certificates and 18 Pac-12 titles in addition to being named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year twice (2020, 2021). He became just the fourth male swimmer since 2000 to sweep three individual events at the NCAA Championships this spring, winning titles in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free and 100 butterfly. He also swam the second leg of Cal's NCAA-title-winning 200 and 400 free relays and powered the Bears to a runner-up finish at the meet.
Two years prior, Hoffer won his first NCAA title in the 50 free and added a title in the 200 free relay as Cal clinched the 2019 NCAA team championship. Hoffer's 18 Pac-12 titles (six individual, 12 relay) played a pivotal role in the Bears winning four consecutive conference team titles dating back to his freshman season in 2018. As a junior in 2020, Hoffer was a semifinalist for the 90th AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given annually to the nation's top amateur athlete.
Hoffer becomes the eighth Cal men's swimmer to compete in the ISL, which is entering its third season in 2021. Established in 2019, the ISL is a professional swimming league that features a team-based competition format with 10 franchises located in North America, Europe and Asia.
In further build up to the 2021 season, the ISL's 10 franchises retained various swimmers from the previous two seasons. Cal post-graduate swimmers and 2021 Olympians Tom Shields and Ryan Murphy were retained by the LA Current while Cal alumnus and 2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley is returning to the DC Trident alongside Hoffer.
An overnight fan vote will determine another retained swimmer for each franchise before the teams select remaining swimmers from the draft pool starting Wednesday. More information about the ISL can be viewed at https://isl.global/.
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