Harvard Picks Up Verbal Commitment from 6x UIL 6A Finalist Natalie Whalen

Southlake, Texas-native Natalie Whalen has verbally committed to the application process* at Harvard University. Athena Ye and Felicia Pasadyn have also committed to the Crimson for the fall of 2019.

“I am thrilled to announce my commitment to the admissions process to swim and study at Harvard University!! I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity and for my family, coaches, teachers, teammates, and friends who have supported me along the way. Go Crimson!!”

Whalen is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American from Carroll Senior High School and Lakeside Aquatic Club. She is a versatile swimmer who swims free, fly, back, and IM. She has been an A finalist in all her events throughout three high school seasons thus far. At the 2018 Texas UIL 6A State Meet she placed 5th in the 200 IM (2:02.37) and 3rd in the 500 free (4:53.11), and contributed to the 3rd-place 200 medley relay (26.71) and runner-up 400 free relay (51.19 split). In club swimming she had a strong meet at 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals, earning PBs in the 200 free, 200 back, 100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM. She placed 7th in the 200 fly and 18th in the 400 IM.

Whalen’s top times would have scored at 2018 Ivy League Women’s Championships in the A finals of the 200/400 IM and 200 fly, the B finals of the 200 free and 200 back, and the C final of the 100 fly.

SCY times:

  • 400 IM – 4:16.40
  • 200 IM – 2:01.79
  • 200 fly – 1:59.29
  • 200 back – 1:59.01
  • 500 free – 4:53.11
  • 200 free – 1:49.29

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER: A “verbal commitment” by a coach is not an offer of admission, as only the Admissions Office has that authority. An Ivy League coach can only commit his or her support in the admissions process. Moreover, an Ivy League Likely Letter is not an offer of admission to the university.

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2 years ago

6x UIL 6A…hm, yeah, totally. Great league, great league. Is that what it is? A league?

Reply to  Camelback
2 years ago

I wish the headlines just said the state and not the name of the high school swimming organization. People not from Texas have no clue what the UIL is.

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