Corey Okubo Commits to Princeton

As the sun rises in the United States on National Letter of Intent signing day, Californian Corey Okubo has decided that  he would like to swim in  at Princeton University next fall.

The Ivy League is a bit different in their recruitment process, in that there’s no formal National Letter of Intent to sign this week, because there’s no scholarships awarded, and further they have not completed their admissions process (though they do award ‘likely letters’ saying that it will probably happen). Therefore, Okubo says that he is “committed to the process” of becoming a Tiger.

“As for my college recruit process, it was a very tough choice for me. I am fortunate and honored to have great schools showing interest in me and with each school having their unique advantages, it was very stressful narrowing down my choices,” Okubo said from Beijing. “Although it was very difficult, I have decided to pursue the Ivy League path.”
“All coaches at all the schools were very open and kind throughout my recruit process. In fact, they are still very kind to me as they continue to reach out to see how I am doing. However, Both Coach Orr and Coach Dalton at Princeton showed tremendous passion towards me which helped me make my decision a little easier. Ivy League swimming is definitely changing and just wanted to be a part of the challenge and change. Although Princeton has won League Champs for the past 5 years, other Ivy League teams are getting very competitive and I hope to be in the middle of the action as the competition heats up. It should be an exciting league to watch.”

At any rate, Okubo is certainly the biggest recruit in this year’s class for Princeton, and one of the best in the last decade. His best times in yards:

  • 100 back – 49.9
  • 200 back – 1:46.1
  • 100 fly – 48.4
  • 200 fly – 1:46.0
  • 200 IM – 1:47.0
  • 400 IM – 3:49.7

While he would not have led Princeton in any one event last year, he would have been very close in several. Given what Rob Orr did with last year’s freshman class, who made huge contributions at the Ivy League Championships, Okubo’s got great potential. He should place in the top 8, at least, as a freshman at Ivys in whichever three individual events he swims, and could be looking at a top 3 finish in the 400 IM.

Okubo, who we had listed as the #10 recruit in our class of 2014, broke the Orange County Record in the 200 IM as a junior, and was the CIF Southern Section Champion in the 200 IM – just missing that record as well, by about a tenth.

Okubo is currently in Beijing, China competing as a part of the USA Swimming Junior World Cup team. At the last stop, in Tokyo, he finished 4th in the 400 SCM IM. He swims for the Aquazot Swim Club and University High School.

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An EXCELLENT get for Princeton. Prnceton has landed a couple solid Orange County swimmers the past few years, but Corey is at the top.

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Corey is a fine young man, both in the pool and out. Princeton is very fortunate to receive such a positive addition to both the swim team and the student body in general. Best of Luck to him and congrats!


Okubo may even be faster in his non high school events than his SCY times would suggest. his 400 IM and 200 fly LCM times convert to 3:44 and 1:43 and, more recently, his SCM times from the world cup convert to 3:46 and 1:45. Looking forward to see what he can do for the Tigers!


He seems extremely well-spoken, I can see why he would choose a top tier school like Princeton.

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