Helen Chen Commits to Swim for Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Helen Chen, a current high school senior from Cary, North Carolina, has committed to swim for Division III Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Chen will graduate from Cary Academy in spring 2020 and join the Engineers’ class of 2024.

Chen is currently a year-round swimmer for the TAC Titans along with swimming for her high school team at Cary Academy.

This month at the 2020 NCISAA DI State Championships, Chen placed 3rd in the 100 backstroke (59.03) and 4th in the 500 freestyle (5:23.08). Chen was also part of two 1st place relays at this meet.

“Beyond excited and honored to announce my commitment to swim and study at MIT! Huge thanks to all my family, friends, and coaches who have helped me get here, couldn’t have done it without you! #RollTech”

With her current best times, Chen would have been a great asset to MIT at the 2020 NEWMAC Championships. She would have had finals performances in multiple events. Most notably, Chen would have placed 3rd in the 200 backstroke (2:06.27), 4th in the 200 freestyle (1:55.66) and 6th in the 100 backstroke (58.28).

Top SCY Times

  • 50 freestyle – 24.63
  • 100 freestyle – 53.58
  • 200 freestyle – 1:55.66
  • 100 backstroke – 58.28
  • 200 backstroke – 2:06.27

As a team, the Beavers placed 1st at the NEWMAC Championships to win their 10th straight NEWMAC title. The MIT Beavers had a record-breaking performance with multiple individual and relay records falling.

In addition, 15 MIT swimmers were recognized on the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.

Chen will begin her swimming career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology beginning fall 2020.

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