Yale Scores Olympic Trials Wave I Qualifier Alex Deng for Class of 2025

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Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Alex Deng will swim for Yale University beginning in the fall of 2021. Deng announced his commitment in October 2020

“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to pursue my academics and athletics at Yale University! I owe a massive thank you to my coaches, friends, and family who have provided endless support throughout this journey. GO BULLDOGS! #boolaboola🐶”

Deng hails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He represented Eden Prairie High School during his prep career, and swims year-round for Aquajets Swim Team. In his senior season with Eden Prairie, Deng finished second in both the 100 breast (54.76) and 100 fly (48.28) at the Minnesota MSHSL Boys AA State Swimming and Diving Championships. While the 48.28 was a PB in the fly, he was just off his fastest 100 breast time, which came from the RSC Senior Showdown in November 2020. There, he notched PBs in the 100/200 breast and 200 IM, winning the 200 breast and coming in second in the 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM.

This summer, Deng competed at U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I in the 100 breast. He was runner-up in the same event at Minnesota Swimming LSC Long Course Senior State Championships in July. A week later he was in Irvine, swimming at the Speedo Summer Championships West. He placed 9th in the 100 breast, 10th in the 200 breast, 48th in the 100 fly, and 43rd in the 200 IM. Deng left California with new PBs in the 100m breast (1:03.12), 200m breast (2:18.34), and 100m fly (56.50).

Best SCY times:

  • 200 breast – 1:58.53
  • 100 breast – 54.52
  • 100 fly – 48.28
  • 200 IM – 1:50.32

Deng’s best times in the 100/200 breast would have scored in the A finals at 2019 Ivy League Men’s Championships. His 100 fly time would have made the B final. It took 1:49.90 to score in the 200 IM.

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Luis Vargas
2 years ago

Congrats, students go in Monday no? Is it just a late announcement?

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