Mid-distance Freestyler Matthew Chung Commits to Harvard for 2021-22

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Matthew Chung from Cupertino, California has announced his intention to swim for Harvard University in the class of 2025.

“Super excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at Harvard! Huge thanks to everyone that supported me along the way #harvard2025”

A senior at The Harker School, Chung swims year-round for Santa Clara Swim Club and specializes in mid-distance free. He had an impressive drop in the 500 free 4:31 to 4:23 during his junior year of high school which led him to be named to the Honorable Mention section of our re-ranked list of top-20 boys recruits from the high school class of 2021.

Chung earned PBs in the 50/100/200/500 free at 2019 Winter Juniors West; he also scored a new PB in the 400m free (4:00.06) in the LCM time trial. He went lifetime bests in the 1000 free, 100 back (50.27), and 200 fly (1:48.48) at San Diego Imperial Swimming’s Presidents’ Day Senior Championships in February.

Best SCY Times:

  • 1000 free – 9:17.21
  • 500 free – 4:23.30
  • 200 free – 1:37.47
  • 100 free – 45.50
  • 50 free – 20.86

Chung doesn’t swim the mile very often (in fact, only three times, and his PB of 17:18.20 dates from 2016), but the Ivy League has the 1000 at its conference championships so Chung may be able to stick to his sweet spot of 200-500-1000 free. His best 500 free would have made the A final and his 1000 time would have scored 20th at 2020 Ivy League Men’s Championships, just behind then-sophomore Simon Lamar. Freshman Cole Kuster won both events and his classmate Noah Brune was 5th in the 1000 and 13th in the 500. None of the three is on the roster this season; presumably, they will be back next year when Chung first arrives in Cambridge. He will also overlap with Arik Katz, currently in his first year at Harvard. Chung will suit up for the Crimson with fellow class of 2025 commit Harris Durham.

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2Fat4Speed
9 months ago

That is quality range right there. Not a ton of people can go 20 point and 9:17 in high school. Good luck with your next step!

Big Chungus
9 months ago

Big Chungus

SwimFani
9 months ago

Great pick! This man will add such to Harvard cultule.

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