CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, has announced the addition of seven incoming freshmen to join the team this fall as the class of 2020.
The seven newcomers hail from five different states, with a pair coming from California and Florida. The incoming class is comprised of two divers and five swimmers. Three members of the class of 2020 qualified for Olympic Trials this summer.
Harvard is coming off a 9-1 season and a second-place finish at the Ivy League Championships. Six of the seven individuals that earned All-Ivy recognition will return to campus this fall. Out of the pool and in the classroom, the men's swimming and diving team posted the nation's top GPA.
Here is a look at the class of 2020.
Daniel Chang | Breaststroke | Johnson City, Tenn. | Science Hill
2016 Olympic Trials and U.S. Open qualifier in the 100m and 200m breaststroke … Ten-time All-American recipient … USA Swimming Academic All-American … Selected as the 2016 Tennessee State Male Performance of the Year (MVP) … 16-time all-conference … Six-time all-state … Three-time all-region MVP ... Captain of the 2016 varsity swim team … Two-time Tennessee state champion in the 200y IM … 2016 Tennessee state champion in the 100y breaststroke … Holds the national public school record for the 100m in breaststroke … Holds 14 high school individual and relay team records … Received highest honors … AP Scholar … Father, Mark Chang '83, played varsity volleyball for Harvard.
Kevin Dai | Freestyle | Valencia, Calif. | Valencia
Recognized as a Scholastic All-American in 2015 … Selected to Los Angeles County first team swim team … Named a CIF Finalist three times (2013-15) … Two-time league champion (2014-15) … Holds five school records… Holds the league record and district record for the 200 IM … Recognized as a National Merit finalist (2016) … Advanced piano player.
Dean Farris | Freestyle/Backstroke | Atlanta, Ga. | Paideia School
2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in four events … Seven-time NISCA Automatic All-American … Two-time Georgia High School Swim Coaches Association Boys All-State first team (2015-16) … Two-time champion at the 2016 NCSA Junior Nationals (100m free & 100m backstroke) … Was the 2015 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Male High Point Champion … Two-time Georgia High School State Swimming Champion … Holds eight Paideia school records … Outstanding Male Athlete at Paideia … Atlanta Journal Constitution's Georgia High School Athlete of the Year for Boy's Swimming … Photography interest.
Austin Fields | Diving | Parkland, Fla. | Pine Crest School
Recognized as a three-time NISCA All-American (2014-16) … Four-time USA diving national champion qualifier (2012-2015) … Three-time FHSAA 1A state champion (2013-15) … Named Miami Herald Athletic Awards All-Broward Swimming & Diving Boys first team (2014-2016) … Was individually undefeated in FHSAA dual, individual and championship meet series … In the FHSAA record book for Most Repeat Individual Titles (11th in history) … Sun Sentinel All-Broward County first team … Won multiple honors from Pine Crest, including: Bill Rousseau Male Athlete of the Year, Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete, Most Valuable Diver and the Outstanding Performance Award … National AP Scholar with distinction … Cum Laude Society … Three-time member of the English Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society and National Beta Club … Mu Alpha Theta Match Honor Society … Barry University Science Olympiad, first overall … Was an active member in film production and media arts in high school … Is a certified pilot.
Raphael Marcoux | Freestyle/Butterfly | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Fort Lauderdale
Qualified for the Canadian Olympic trials … Named the Sun-Sentinel Swimmer of the Year in 2015 … Selected as the Miami Herald Swimmer of the Year in 2015 … Recognized as the 2014 Florida Dairy Farmer Swimmer of the Year … Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American (2014-15) … Named to the Sun-Sentinel All-County team three years in a row (2013-15) … Was a two-time Florida High School state champion and 2015 state runner-up … Helped his team to back-to-back undefeated seasons through regionals in 2014 and 2015 … Captain of the 2016 varsity team … Was the Fort Lauderdale High School Salutatorian.
Zach Snyder | Freestyle/Butterfly/IM | Mechanicsberg, Pa. | Cumberland Valley
Swam with York YMCA Club swim club for three years prior to Harvard … Holds over 10 team records for York YMCA … Named a USA Swimming Academic All-American … Recognized as an all-state selection in 2013 … AP Scholar … National Merit Scholar Honorable Mention.
Maxwell Urbani | Diving | Burlingame, Calif. | Burlingame
Placed eighth at Regionals in 2012 after starting diving that same year … Placed sixth in the CIF Central Coast Section in 2015 … AP Scholar with Honor … Lifetime California Scholarship Federation Member … Model UN member.