Multi-Distance Freestyler Nathan Dragon Commits to Niagara

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Nathan Dragon, who won the 500-yard freestyle at the high school Massachusetts State Championships in 2020, has announced his verbal commitment to Niagara University. 

He is beginning at the university this fall, having just finished his senior year of high school at Belchertown High School in Massachusetts.

“I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Niagara University next fall! I would like to thank my parents, coaches and friends who supported me over the years and helped me get to this point in my career. Coach Eric was very helpful throughout the entire process and I cannot wait to join the team as a Purple Eagle!”

Dragon, who swam club with Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings, is predominantly a freestyler in many ranges of distances with best times including: 

Best times (SCY):

  • 50 free: 21.85
  • 100 free: 47.50
  • 200 free: 1:43.03
  • 500 free: 4:36.63

With a 21.85 50 freestyle, will be among the fastest of the current team class, right under junior Kevin Vu who holds a time of 20.41. 

Niagara’s men finished fourth at the 2021 MAAC Spring Championship with 549.4 points. Vu won the men’s 50 free in 20.41 and classmate Noah Brooks topped the men’s 400 IM in 4:07.38. 

Dragon would have placed fourth overall with his best 500 freestyle time and sixth overall with his 200 freestyle time. However, he would’ve had the fastest time from Niagara’s men’s team in both events. 

As a freshman, Dragon is very likely to have a spot in the 800 freestyle relay. Dragon is also likely to have a spot on the 400 freestyle relay, with his time of 47.50 placing second amongst the 2021-2022 team.

Dragon will suit up and join the team for the class of 2025 with Keith Elgar, Drew Descovich, Reid Tichy, Sean Finley and Levi Morgan.

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