October 1 officially opened swimming and diving season in the Ivy League and Harvard wasted no time gathering verbal commitments. After the women’s team received commitments from Sonia Wang and Meagan Popp, then men got into the game with Grant Goddard.
Goddard is a versatile talent. At Georgetown Prep, he is an eight-time All-American who has Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship titles in the 100 fly (2012, 2013, 2014), 50 free (2014), and 200 free (2013). Perhaps his strongest events are 200 back, 200 IM, and 100 fly:
200y back: 1:47.04
100y fly: 48.65
200y IM: 1:51.59
50y free: 20.84
100y free: 45.39
200y free: 1:39.61
Goddard’s 200 back and 100 fly times would have landed him in the B finals at 2014 Ivy League Championships, while his 200 IM would have been just out of reach of a second swim. Harvard will have graduated several of its star freestylers by the time Goddard arrives in Cambridge; they will be looking for replacements on their Ivy-winning relays and Goddard might be able to fill in.
*DISCLAIMER: Goddard 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 Goddard 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.