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.
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.