Greek Age Record-holder Apostolos Siskos Commits to Harvard for 2024-25

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Greek backstroker Apostolos Siskos has committed to the application process at Harvard University and will head to Cambridge in the fall of 2024. He confirmed his commitment, telling SwimSwam, “I can say it was very difficult because I had a lot of offers from great schools but I think I made a good choice.”

Harvard is putting together a stellar class of 2028, having already received verbal commitments from #16 Joshua Chen, #19 Adriano Arioti, Eric Lee, and Richard Poplawski.

Swimming at the South Region site of the 2023 Greek Winter Junior Championships in Thessaloniki’s Posidonio Pool, Apostolos Siskos clocked the leading 200 backstroke time in the world so far this season, going 1:56.79. That lowered his own Greek age record of 1:57.73 from January. The overall Greek Record is 1:56.72, set last year by the country’s most recent breakthrough swimmer, Apostolos Christos.

Siskos first represented Greece at the 2021 European Junior Championships. This past summer, he was on the Greek squad at the European Championships, where he finished ninth in the semi-finals of the 200 back with a then-best time of 1:58.66. A few weeks later, at the World Junior Championships, he came in fourth in the 200 back (1:58.89) and seventh in the 100 back (55.80) as one of only two Greek representatives at the meet.

Best LCM times (converted)

  • 100 back – 55.80 (49.18)
  • 200 back – 1:58.66 (1:44.73)
  • 100 fly – 55.18 (48.45)
  • 200 fly – 2:00.03 (1:45.61)
  • 200 IM – 2:07.19 (1:51.70)

Siskos’ converted times would have scored in the A final of the 200 back and the B finals of the 100 back and 100/200 fly at the 2022 Ivy League Men’s Championships.

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1 month ago

Class of 2024 backstrokers Daniel Diehl,Pieter Coetze,Apostolos Siskos is fun to watch at NCAA

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Reply to  Nick
1 month ago

Too Bad he is going to harvard… Aside from dean they have taken some great recruits and done….. just sayin

Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
1 month ago

“Too bad he is going to Harvard” is not a sentence you hear often.

Texas swims in a short pool
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

True. It is an amazing academic opportunity not many get

1 month ago

Your Time
1:56.79 – 200 Backstroke – LCM (M)
Converts To
1:41.49 – SCY
1:53.79 – SCM

Last edited 1 month ago by Nick
1 month ago

This boy committed to swim for harvard at 2024
The next few years for the Harvard swim team will be crazy
Even with superstar Dean farris gone。

1 month ago

Quite the class 👀

1 month ago


1 month ago

1:58 LCM is 1:41-1:42. 55.8 is 47 mid

1 month ago

A 1:56.7 has to be sub 1:40…right?

Former Big10
Reply to  Noah
1 month ago

No no, the SS converter is known to be the truth.

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