Men’s Swimming and Diving Welcomes Nine Newcomers to the Roster

Harvard men's swimming will look to defend its Ivy League title this season (Gil Talbot).
Harvard men's swimming will look to defend its Ivy League title this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team has announced the addition of nine freshmen to the roster as the class of 2021. The newcomers hail from eight different states, as well as the United Kingdom, creating a diverse class of incoming freshmen. In total, seven of the freshmen will join the swim squad, with two set to join the diving contingent.

The additions will look to maintain the winning standards set under Kevin Tyrrell, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving. In his four seasons, Tyrrell has led the Crimson to two Ivy League titles, including last year's conference championship at Blodgett Pool.

Below is a breakdown of the incoming freshmen class.

Levente Bathory | Freestyle| Winston-Salem, N.C. | Reagan
Three-time conference champion in 2014-15 and 2017 …. Two-time regional champion in 2015 and 2017 … Individual state champion in the 4A 200 free in 2016 ... MVP of Reagan swimming in 2016-17 … Captain in 2017 … Earned All-conference honors in 2014-17 … Reagan swimmer of the year in 2015 and 2017 … National Honor Society member in 2016-17 … Member of the Crosby Scholars 2013-17 … Participated in Project Pantry from 2014-17.

Alec DeCaprio | Diving | Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. | Ossining
Captain during 2016-17 season … Earned All-America honors each year from 2014-17 … YMCA 1M diving national champion in 2013 … USA Diving East national silver medalist … Two-time USA Diving national finalist … Two-time USA Diving regional champion … Section I champion in 2016 and 2017 … 2017 NY state high school silver medalist … National Honor Society member … High Honor Roll recipient … Member of Rho Kappa social studies honor society … Father swam at the University of Richmond … Cousin played professional tennis winning Wimbledon twice, the US Open, French Open, and the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal.

Miles McAllister | Backstroke/Freestyle/Butterfly | Newport News, Va. | Menchville
USA Swimming Junior Nationals qualifier in 2017 … 2017 Daily Press all-star … Menchville swim team MVP in 2017 … Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Two-year captain of the academic team … National Merit Commended … National AP Scholar … Participated in the Riverside Hospital Junior Volunteer Program from 2014-16 …  Mother swam at Harvard … Grandfather graduated from Harvard.

Mahlon Reihman | Freestyle | Allenton, Pa. | Salisbury
Morning Call Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and 2016 … Four-time Morning Call All-Area selection … Lehigh Valley Live Boys Swimmer of the Year … Lehigh Valley Live All-Area first team 2015-17 … Five-time PIAA State AA gold medalist … 2016 PIAA AA State Swimmer of the Meet … 12-time District XI AA gold medalist … Current District XI AA Record Holder in the 200 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay … Four-time All-State … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2015 and 2016 … National Honor Society Member … Won Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition in 2014 … Scholastic Scrimmage participant from 2015-17.

Corban Rawls | Freestyle | Cupertino, Calif. | Harmony Science Academy-Austin
Participated in the USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp in 2015 … Earned most improved award in 2016 from Nitro Swim Club … Placed third at junior nationals in the 100 free in 2015 … Set record in 2015 for 4x200 free relay … South Texas Zone team member in 2012 and 2014 … Holds South Texas Zone individual 100 free record … Junior national long course team champions in 2015 … Earned the Heed award in 2014 from the Nitro Swim Club … High Point winner at GCU Invite swim meet in 2014 … Father played soccer and football at Howard University.

Charles Vaughan | Breaststroke/IM | Carmel, Ind. | Carmel
2017 swim team captain at Carmel … State champion in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay in 2017 … State champion in the 200 IM in 2016 … Team state champions from 2015-17 … Undefeated in the 200 IM in dual meets in 2016 … Undefeated team record in dual meets, sectionals, and state champions from 2015-17 … Physics student of the year at Carmel … Participated in Carmel's Principal's Advisory Committee senior year. 

Hal Watts | Diving | Reading, United Kingdom | Abingdon School
Dove for the Albatross Diving Club since 2005 … Competed in the British Diving Club Competition Circuit … Served as the senior diver for Albatross in 2016-17 … Finished in the top six in British Diving Junior Elite event every year since 2012 … Silver medalist on 3m synchronized in 2016 … Two-time National Great Britain English Schools gold medalist in the 3m individual and platform mixed synchronized … Two-time winner of President's Cup for Excellence in competition (2013, 2016) … Two-time winner of Chris Barker Shield for overall excellence and achievement in dive training and competition (2012, 2015) … Winner of Youth Coach Development Award (2014) … Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards … Qualified level one diving coach … School House Prefect Mentor … Drama Scholar Abingdon School.

Eric Whisenant | Backstroke/Freestyle | Jackson, Tenn. | University School of Jackson
Germantown Swim Club member from 2011-17 … Captain from 2014-17 … All-State in the 100 backstroke from 2015-17 … All-State in the 200 freestyle from 2015-17 … All-American in the 100 backstroke from 2016-17 … All-American in the 200 freestyle in 2017 … Two-time Tennessee state champion in the 100 backstroke in 2016 and 2017 … Finished seventh place in the 50 backstroke NCSA junior national championships … National Merit commended student in 2017 … Academic All-American from 2015-17 … National AP Scholar.

Michael Zarian | IM/Backstroke/Butterfly | Arvada, Colo. | Fairview
Five-time individual CHSAA 5A state champion … 2016 and 2017 CHSAA swimmer of the year … 13x NISCA All-American … Three-time CHSAA 5A first team all-state … Holds six records at Fairview … Winter Junior Nationals runner-up two times … Seven-time A-finalist at the Winter Junior Nationals … Graduated magna cum laude from Fairview … Authored book Success as a Teen Athlete: A Guide to Reaching Your Athletic Potential … Brothers swam at Duke and Redlands University.