Duke Secures Verbal from World Juniors Finalist, #13 Easop Lee of NBAC

Easop Lee, a South Korean National who holds the national records in the 200m free (1:58.64) and the 400m free (4:11.98), and who represented her country at 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis last month, has made a verbal commitment to Duke University’s class of 2022. She announced via Instagram:

“I am very honored to announce my verbal commitment to Duke University! Can’t wait to be part of the Blue Devil family!”

A two-time USA Scholastic All-American from Pikesville High School in Baltimore, Lee has been living and training in the United States since 2011 and has been with North Baltimore Aquatic Club since 2013. From the outset, she has shown a proclivity for mid-distance freestyle and butterfly. Lee first came to U.S. national attention in 2014, when as a 14-year-old swimming at Summer Juniors in Irvine, she won the 200 fly and placed third in the 400 free. At this summer’s Junior Nationals she won the 200 free (2:00.08), was top-8 in the 400 free (6th), 800 free (4th), and placed 9th in the 1500 free and 400 IM. Two weeks later she took 8th in the 200 free at World Juniors, where she also competed in the 400 free and 100/200 fly.

Lee’s SCY times will provide an immediate boost to the Blue Devils. Her all-time best performances would have scored at 2017 ACC Women’s Championship in the A final (200 free, 500 free, 200 fly), the B final (200 back, 200 IM [A/B bubble], 400 IM), or the C final (100 fly [B/C bubble]). She would have been Duke’s highest scorer in the 200/500 free, 200 back, 200 fly, and 400 IM.

SCY times:

  • 200 free – 1:44.63
  • 500 free – 4:40.90
  • 200 IM – 1:58.75
  • 400 IM – 4:15.55
  • 200 fly – 1:56.55
  • 100 fly – 53.23
  • 200 back – 1:55.70

Lee will join fellow verbal commits Melissa Pish, Rachel Peroni, and Shayna Hollander in Duke’s class of 2022.

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5 years ago

Smart girl and smart decision!

5 years ago

That is such a dope first name

5 years ago

This is awesome!! Congratulations, Easop!!! #NBACproud.

5 years ago

whoa, this is huge. sort of surprising, considering the original article said she mentioned stanford as her dream school, https://phspipeline.com/1783/uncategorized/potential-olympic-swimmer-easop-lee/, but congrats to her!

Reply to  anon
5 years ago

your right Stanford everybodys dream school
also hardest school in world 2 get excepted

Coach Meehan known 2 develop domestic talent
already talking deal 4 Tankersly & Merell

Lee very good student & athlete swim 4 Korea
Duke gonna be very lucky 2 get her talent

stanford fan
Reply to  coach
5 years ago

didn’t you just say a while ago that merrell couldn’t go to stanford because “Nerd Nation hold higher scholar standards than the other schools wont consider home school n online hs students”


Reply to  stanford fan
5 years ago

Stanford can make acceptions but only 4 the best athletes
Meehan wanna get Merrel now hes gonna already have an in 🙂

Captain Ahab
Reply to  stanford fan
5 years ago

Coach, Stanford Fan just caught you lying.

Reply to  coach
5 years ago

I bet Stanford would have let her in as an Athlete if she got into Duke. Duke is a good school maybe not Stanford but probably pretty close

Reply to  coach
5 years ago

Why are there so many downvotes on this comment? It’s a fact that Stanford is the hardest school to get accepted to, and is many people’s dream school.

Reply to  anon
5 years ago

Duke is a great school academically as well. There are a lot of factors that go into an athlete’s verbal so who knows what happened since publication of the original article?

Reply to  swimmer
5 years ago

Got swim money from Duke but all the scholarship money at Stanford is gone?

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
5 years ago

I feel like it’s hard to lose 22 billion dollars

5 years ago

Now that is a HUGE pickup for duke!

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