Capping off an incredible Tuesday in Harvard men’s recruiting, Koya Osada from Duke Aquatics made his intention to swim for Harvard known publicly late Tuesday night. Osada comes from the heart of ACC country, but will head up the coast line for his college swimming, pending the expected positive outcome of the admissions process.
“I am extremely excited to join the Crimson family and I love the direction the swim program is headed,” Osada said of his decision. “I cannot wait to immerse myself in the team culture and continue the tradition of excellence that has been established by years past.”
Osada is yet another very versatile swimmer in this class. His best events run from the 100 to 500 yard freestyles, where he’s flat-started 46.0, 1:39.4, and 4:29.1.
He also goes 49.5 and 1:47.4 in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes.
Osada may have some open water potential in his future, which would make training with and under the United States’ best open water swimmer Alex Meyer a big draw to Harvard. In 2012
Harvard’s class now includes Edward Kim, Steven Tan, Shane McNamara, Jack Boyd, and Osada: as impressive of a quintet as we’ve seen from an Ivy League school in a while. In 2012, Osada was the fastest 18 & under in the 1.7-mile pier-to-pier swim at just 16 years old: a race frequented by collegiate swimmers.
In addition to his own swimming, Koya this summer helped coach his older brother Shuya Osada, who was one of the stars of the 2013 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games this summer. Shuya took gold in the 100 free, the 200 free, and the 100 back.