YMCA National Record-holder Nathan Borges Commits to Yale

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Nathan Borges from Piscataway, New Jersey will head to Yale University in the fall. He will join the class of 2024 with Adam Zapatka, Ben Phifer, Conner Kang, and Marcus Hodgson. Borges is a senior at Piscataway High School. He swims club with Somerset Valley YMCA and is a Winter U.S. Open qualifier in the 800/1500m free and the 400 IM and a Summer Juniors qualifier in the 200/500 free.

Borges won both the 200 free (1:38.24) and the 500 free (4:23.92) at the New Jersey High School Meet of Champions at the end of February. Two weeks earlier, he had claimed victory in the 800/1500m free at New Jersey Swimming Senior State Championships. At Winter Juniors East last December, he took 3rd in the 500 free (4:22.38), 7th in the 400 IM (3:52.66), 10th in the mile (15:24.37), and 15th in the 200 free (1:39.68). His 500/1650 free and 400 IM times were all PBs. Last summer at YMCA Long Course National Championships, he updated his PBs in the 100/200/400/1500 free, 50/100 back, and 100/200 fly. He won a national title in the 800 free and was runner-up in the 400 free and 1500 free. He dropped 20 seconds in the 800 to set the YNats record with 8:18.81. Borges also competed at last summer’s Speedo Junior Nationals in the 200/400 free and 400 IM.

Top SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 15:24.37
  • 1000 free – 9:13.74
  • 500 free – 4:22.27
  • 200 free – 1:38.24
  • 400 IM – 3:52.40
  • 200 IM – 1:52.63
  • 200 back – 1:52.01
  • 200 fly – 1:52.50

Borges’s best times would have scored for Yale at 2020 Ivy League Men’s Championships in the A finals of the 500 free and 400 IM and the B finals of the 200 free, 1000 free (11th), and 1650 free (10th) making him the top distance freestyler on the Elis’ roster. Borges follows in the footsteps of Yale standout Kei Hyogo who graduated in 2018.

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DIIIer (Polar Bear elsewhere)
5 months ago

Is that the Somerset Y pool? Great architectural details in the wood.
. . . And Congrats on getting into Yale!

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Reply to  DIIIer (Polar Bear elsewhere)
5 months ago

And to go from that pool to without question, the coolest swimming arena in the NCAA is just awesome. Yale may not have the fastest pool in the country, but it is wicked cool.

1001pools
5 months ago

The Somerset YMCA pool is an interesting architectural gem, both inside and outside, looking like an upside down arc … which is kind of fitting given how swimming gives us swimswammers life 😉

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