Add one more distance freestyler to the Crimson’s roster for 2015-16: Sandpipers of Nevada’s Logan Houck has given his verbal commitment to Harvard.
“After my recruiting trip and discussing it with family, teachers, and my coach, I realized I am a Harvard boy at heart. The team and coaches at Harvard truly sealed the deal. I always wanted a mix of both academics and athletics, and feel that at Harvard, my collegiate experience will be everything I can hope for.”
Harvard has received recent verbal commitments from two other distance swimmers: Gavin Springer and Brennan Novak. The three taken together are complementary; Springer and Novak are faster in the 200 and 500, whereas Houck is the strongest in the 1000 and mile. Houck’s recent times are:
1650y free: 15:20.34 1500m free: 15:27.26 (Olympic Trials)
1000y free: 8:59.44 800m free: 8:06.44
500y free: 4:26.94 400m free: 3:59.03
200y free: 1:41.92 200m free: 1:55.27
400y IM: 4:02.63 500m IM: 4:39.16
200y fly: 1:54.95 200m fly: 2:09.05
Houck swam the 400-800-1500 at Nationals this summer. His best performance was in the 800, where he dropped four seconds and finished 16th. He ended the summer with the sixth fastest 1500 time for 18-and-unders and an Olympic Trials cut; the 12th fastest 800; and the 45th fastest 400.
Swimming for Palo Verde High School in the 2014 Nevada High School State Championship, Houck was third in the 200 free and first in the 500. The previous year he was first in the 200 and second in the 500, and as a freshman he was sixth in the 200 and fourth in the 500.
Houck was the fourth 18-and-under finisher in both the 10K and 5K at USA Swimming’s Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake this summer. He made the Junior Pan Pacs team on the basis of his 10K finish (the 18-and-under champion, Blake Manganiello, aged up before the competiton, so the next three were invited).
*DISCLAIMER: Houck has not yet been officially accepted to Harvard. As is true with all Ivy League schools, Harvard’s Admissions Office will not send its acceptance letter until the beginning of December, along with those of all Early Action candidates. The procedure for a recruited athlete like Houck is for Admissions to review his transcript and SAT scores, “support (his) application for admissions in the fall,” issue a Likely Letter, then offer him acceptance into the class of 2019.