Nebraska HS Champ Jonathan Novinski Verbals to Harvard (2021)

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Nebraska HS state champion Jonathan Novinski has verbally committed to Harvard for fall 2021. He’s a senior at Grand Island High School and swims for Grand Island YMCA Quicksilver.

I’m very excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Harvard! I couldn’t have done it without my family, coaches, and friends. Go Crimson!


  • 200 free – 1:40.08
  • 500 free – 4:29.97
  • 1000 free – 9:30.68
  • 1650 free – 15:57.90
  • 200 IM – 1:53.20

Novinski’s older brother Matt Novinski is a senior at Wisconsin and standout backstroker on their roster.

At the 2020 Nebraska HS State Championships, Novinski won the 500 free (4:34.61) and was runner-up in the 200 free (1:41.57). He also raced at the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships, competing in the 200 free, 500 free and mile.

Harvard has built a strong distance program; last season, then-freshman Cole Kuster led the program in the 500 (4:18.17) and the 1650 free (15:10.38), and then-freshman Noah Brune was #2 in the mile (15:13.07). They also have Arik Katz, a high-impact freshman (1:37.9/4:23.3/8:57/15:01).

At the 2020 Ivy League Champs, Novinski would’ve been a 200 free C-finalist and he would’ve scored in the 1000 free at 23rd.

Novinski joins Top 20-HM Matthew Chung, Corby Furrer and Harris Durham in Harvard’s class of 2025.

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Carol Glover
1 month ago


1 month ago

Corby Furrer has committed as well!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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