Mak Nurkic Kacapor Kicks Off Freshman Year at Yale

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Mak Nurkic Kacapor, a graduate of the British International School in D.C., has begun his college swimming career at Yale University.

The recruiting process these past few months has introduced me to some amazing programs and people that have made me proud to be a part of the American swimming family, and I am happy to announce that I have found a home! I am committed to the admissions process at Yale University, where I will continue my education and pursue my collegiate athletics career. Thank you to my coaches and teammates at DC Wave, UMAC, and NCAP for believing in me and pushing me past my own expectations. Thank you especially to my head coach, Tim Kelly. Most importantly, I am grateful to my family; my brother, my mom, my dad, and everyone abroad, for every big sacrifice and early mornings spent driving to the pool :). Thank you Coach Jim Henry and Coach Kyle Schack at Yale for believing in me. GO BULLDOGS!”

Kacapor has previously been highlighted by SwimSwam as one of the reasons Yale earned the No. 16 spot in our 2023 men’s recruiting class ranks. He has a Summer Juniors cut in the SCY 50 free, and a Winter Juniors cut in the LCM 100 free. Currently, he has listed free and back as his strokes on Yale’s roster.

Kacapor also competes for Nation’s Capital Swim Club, and in 2023, he finished 6th in the 50m free at the LC Speedo Super Sectional in Richmond. He also finished 5th in the 100m free, with a time of 52.50. 

Best short-course times:

  • 50 free: 20.33
  • 100 free: 46.06
  • 200 free: 1:41.71
  • 100 back: 50.45
  • 200 back: 1:49.80

In addition to his swimming skills, Kacapor also brings unique entrepreneurial experience to Yale. In high school, he helped found DUXO, a project designed to educate the public about the effects of landmines and to design drones that can detect landmines faster than any other current methods. As of July 2022, DUXO had a provisional patent for its triple-sensor technology, and was working to field-test its product.

Yale is a member of the Ivy League, and the men’s team will kick off its first dual meet of the season next Saturday, October 21, against Delaware. Last season, Yale finished 3rd in the Ivy League Championships, behind Harvard and Princeton.

With his best current time, Kacapor would’ve qualified for the C finals of the 50 free at last year’s Ivy League Championships. Since three high-performing sprinters from last season have graduated (Joe Page, Greg Kalin, Connor Lee), if Kacapor can continue to improve, he’ll have a shot at leading the men’s sprint program.

Yale has several top recruits joining Kacapor this fall, including Deny Nankov, a SwimSwam Best of the Rest sprinter with a top 50 free time of 20.0, and Hammer Massey, with a top 50 free time of 20.8.

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