California State Champ Marre Gattnar Headed to Harvard This Fall After Reclassifying From ’23

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California state champion Marre Gattnar will head to Harvard this fall following a gap year for the 2023 Tamalpais High School graduate.

Last March, the North Bay Aquatics 18-year-old captured the 100-yard backstroke crown at the 2023 CIF State Championships with a winning time of 47.76, becoming the first male swimmer from Marin County to win a state title. Gattnar also took 3rd place in the 50 freestyle (20.13).

Gattnar proved he’s been putting in work since graduating by posting a slew of personal bests at the 2023 Winter Junior Championship – West meet last December. He triumphed in the 50 free (19.53), earned a runner-up finish in the 100 back (46.95) and 100 free (43.06), and placed 5th in the 100 butterfly (47.08).

Gattnar narrowly missed qualifying for this week’s Olympic Trials in May when he clocked a personal-best 22.96 in the LCM 50 free, not far off the cut of 22.79. He’s listed as an “Honorable Mention” recruit on SwimSwam’s recent re-rankings after not appearing on the top-20 list the past few years.

Best SCY Times

  • 50 free: 19.53
  • 100 free: 43.06
  • 200 free: 1:35.60
  • 100 back: 46.95
  • 200 back: 1:46.22
  • 100 fly: 47.08

Gattnar’s best 50 free time would have won the Ivy League title in February ahead of rising Harvard sophomore Sonny Wang (19.61). His best 100 free time would have placed 2nd, his best 100 back time would have placed 4th, his best 200 free time would have placed 5th, and his best 200 back time would have placed 8th.

Gattnar joins Evan Croley, James McGowan, Turkey’s Aykut Mert Iravul, William Sullivan, Joshua Chen, Richard Poplawski, Eric Lee, and Adriano Arioti in the Crimson’s 2024 recruiting class.

The Harvard men won the 2023 Ivy League title with 1,545 last season over Princeton (1,433.5). They’re led by head coach Kevin Tyrrell, who is in his 11th season at the helm of the Crimson program.

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1 month ago

This article forgot about another Harvard 2028 commit: Paris-bound Apostolos Siskos who just went 1:55.4 in the 200 back LCM

1 month ago

You’re forgetting Harvard’s arguably strongest 2028 recruit: Apostolos Siskos

1 month ago

This guy is a blumpkin 😍

Reply to  Chi
1 month ago

I’m not sure you know what that word means…

This Guy
Reply to  Chi
1 month ago

Might want to urban dictionary that word

NornIron Swim
Reply to  This Guy
1 month ago

Maybe not on a work/school device though… 🤣

Long Strokes
1 month ago

Instead of going to Stanford in his backyard, he’s going to Harvard. Stanford’s tailspin continues. With that being said, great choice, Marre!

This Guy
1 month ago

Dang, nice work kid! In and out of the pool! Good luck at Harvard!

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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