5x Rhode Island HS Record-holder Harry Homans Commits to North Carolina

Harry Homans of Barrington, Rhode Island has announced his verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s class of 2023. Homans is the son of Fritz Homans, an All-American swimmer for the Tar Heels from 1976 to 1980.

“The combination of the swim program, academics, and campus culture is why I chose UNC. I cannot wait to join a great team with a great culture in the Fall of 2019 and I am excited to continue the Homans legacy at Carolina. Go Heels!”

Homans attends Barrington High School, from which he will graduate this year. He told SwimSwam, “I am taking a gap year next year, so I will enroll at UNC in the Fall of 2019. My plans are to train and compete with Bluefish and take some local community college courses.”

Homans swims for Bluefish Swim Club in Attleboro, Massachusetts under head coach Chuck Batchelor. He was a C-finalist in the 200m back at 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships last summer, finishing 23rd with 2:03.64 (2:02.31 in prelims). He also finaled in the 100 back (30th, 58.14 in prelims), 200 IM (30th, 2:07.09 in finals), and 400 IM (32nd, 4:30.03 in prelims). At the Rhode Island High School State Championships, broke the 200 free record in 1:38.39 and the 100 fly record in 49.15. Furthermore, he was part of two record-setting relays, leading off the 200 medley relay in 23.23 and anchoring the 400 free relay with 45.60. At the TYR Pro Swim Series – Atlanta in early March, he took 1 second off his previous PB in the 100m fly, finishing 23rd overall. He also took a half-second off his 100 free time in prelims (53.27).

Times (SCY/LCM):

  • 100 Backstroke: 49.24/57.75
  • 200 Backstroke: 1:45.98/2:02.31
  • 200 IM: 1:50.34/2:07.03
  • 400 IM: 3:53.48/4:30.03
  • 100 Butterfly: 48.84/55.33
  • 200 Butterfly: 1:47.13/2:03.90
  • 200 Freestyle: 1:38.39/1:56.52
  • 400/500 Freestyle: 4:33.49/4:03.98
  • 1000 Freestyle: 9:14.93

Exhilarated to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic careers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the class of 2023!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible, including my family, coaches, teammates, the kids who give me rides (Matt Bloom) and the kids who give me their left over food at lunch. Can’t wait to be a Tar Heel! #goheels #BornBredDead #roywilliams ?

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Gap year/red shirt years could be huge for d1 programs with Olympic hopes


Agreed. Surprised that these–along with doing a postgrad year at a prep school–aren’t considered more often in the swimming community for recruits as options!

Shooter McGavin

Congrats but… Coach K is the real goat


Unusual to do a gap year and take courses at community college and do swim training. Wonder why.


Probably was not offered enough money and maybe wanted to sharpen his times in order to get more? Or maybe just a break.


I don’t know, but I wish more kids would do a gap year (regardless of swimming prospects). In my experience, those kids tend to have a bit more direction and focus than the ones who have been shuffled straight from high school to college, and I imagine it helps quite a bit in avoiding burnout.

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