Harvard Picks Up Verbal Commitment from #16 Joshua Chen (2024)

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Joshua Chen from Ames, Iowa, has announced his verbal commitment to the application process* at Harvard University.

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to the admissions process to continue my academic and swimming journey at Harvard University. I would like to thank Coach Kevin and Coach Daniel for giving me this opportunity and also all of my family, coaches, friends, and everyone who has supported me through this whole process. Go Crimson!”

Chen is a junior at Ames Senior High School; he swims year-round with Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club and specializes in breaststroke. We ranked him #16 on our Way Too Early list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2024.

As a sophomore at the 2022 Iowa High School State Championships, he placed second in the 100 breast (54.65) and third in the 200 IM (1:53.01). He won the 100 breast (54.23) and 200 breast (1:58.16) and was runner-up in the 200 IM (1:52.81) two weeks later at the Iowa LSC Short Course Championships. This summer he was runner-up (to Nick Mahabir) in both the 100 breast (1:01.80) and the 200 breast (2:13.71) at Speedo Junior Nationals.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 breast – 54.17
  • 200 breast – 1:57.23
  • 200 IM – 1:52.81
  • 100 fly – 53.82

Chen will join #19 Adriano Arioti, Eric Lee, and Richard Poplawski in Harvard’s class of 2028. His times are already Ivy League-ready, and he would have scored in the B finals of the 100 breast and 200 breast at the 2022 Ivy League Men’s Championships.

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6 days ago

Go Crimson!

6 days ago

This kid looks disturbingly similar to everyone’s favorite Singaporean Joseph Schooling

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6 days ago

Bro how 💀

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Andrew is speedrunning racism

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5 days ago

To quote a classic quip in my locker room “that’s got to be racist”

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