Harvard seems to have cornered the market in Ivy League recruiting so far this season. Justin Wu is the latest to make a verbal pledge to The Crimson.*
“I’m excited to be a part of the HMSD family! Harvard has an amazing swim program and I really believe that Kevin and Sam have done a great job of improving their swimmers. And after getting to know the coaches and swimmers on my visit, I knew that Harvard was a team I could swim on for my next four years.”
Wu swims under Kent Nicholson at both Norman North High School and Sooner Swim Club. During his sophomore and junior years, Wu earned a combined five All-America honors and was named to USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America team twice.
Wu was a big contributor to Norman North’s first-ever team state title in 2013, and helped to successfully defend it in 2014. In three years of high school swimming he has won five individual state titles (100 back, 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM) and been a member of five winning relays. He holds the Oklahoma 6A (large schools) state records in 200 free, 200 IM, and 100 fly, as well as 200 medley relay.
Representing Sooner Swim Club, Wu holds the Oklahoma LSC open (all ages) records for 200y free, fly IM, as well as a handful of age-group LSC records. His top times are:
200y IM: 1:48.96
200y fly: 1:47.85
200y free: 1:37.43
100y back: 50.60
100y fly: 49.01
100y free: 45.27
His best times in the 200 IM and 200 fly would have landed him in B-finals at 2014 Ivy League Championships, while his 200 free would have been right on the A/B-final cusp. Harvard will be counting on Wu to help The Crimson continue their recent-years’ dominance of the 200 free.
*DISCLAIMER: Wu 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 Wu 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.