CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving, the three-time defending Ivy League champions, announced today its incoming Class of 2023. Joining a program that finished eighth at the NCAA Championships this past season will be nine standouts representing five states and three countries.
"This year's freshman class were all recruited because they have values and goals that align with those of Harvard College and our athletic department," said Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving. "Each brings their own unique perspective to Harvard and realizes the importance of a team-first attitude in life and in the pool. These swimmers and divers have the opportunity to make a lasting difference in our program and in the world."
The incoming group (7 swimmers, 2 divers) is set to arrive in Cambridge in the fall and be a part of a team that is scheduled to return four of its six NCAA individual qualifiers from 2019, along with three of its four relay-qualifying swimmers.
Below is the Harvard men's swimming and diving Class of 2023:
David Abrahams | Breaststroke | Havertown, Pa. | Haverford Senior High
NISCA All-American in 2018 and 2019 … 2019 Academic All-American … Olympic Trials qualifier (2019) … Was in the top 100 in the world for the 18-and-under division (LCM) in 2018 and 2019 … All-state in 2018 and 2019, and was an honorable mention pick in 2017 … Four-time all-Central League and three-time all-Delco (2017-19) … Wendy's Heisman local award winner in 2019 … Named team captain in 2019 … Medalist at the 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals and at the 2018 and 2019 PIAA States … Helped Haverford to the 2019 District 1 title and the 2018-19 Central League championships … Champion of the Speedo Sectionals (2018, 2019) … Set the Haverford record in the 200 medley relay in 2018, and then broke it again in 2019 … Recipient of the 2019 Dr. Edward Coyle and Premier Orthopaedics Courageous Athlete Awards … Winter Scholar-Athlete and PA Sports Hall of Fame, Delaware County Chapter in 2019 … HHS Coach's Award recipient in 2018 … Served as a volunteer coach at Karakung Swim Club in 2018 … Brother, James, is a distance runner at Penn State and is part of the Class of 2021 … Son of Rebecca and Doug.
Noah Brune | Distance Freestyle | Mission Viejo, Calif. | Santa Margarita Catholic High
All-American in 2017, 2018 and 2019 … Three-time USA Swimming Academic All-American (2017, 2018, 2019) … ISCA Academic All-American … Member of the USA National Junior Swimming Team in 2018 … 2017 Junior National Open Water champion … Won the 1,650 free at the 2018 Winter Junior National Swim Meet … Finalist in the 200 fly at 2018 Winter Junior Nationals and in the 1,500 free at 2017 Summer Junior Nationals … Qualified for the USA National Championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 … CIF finalist in the 500 free (2016, 2017, 2018) … Ranks No. 7 all-time in USA Swimming history in the 1,500 free for his age group … Is the Southern California age group record-holder in the 1,650 free … Ranks in the USA Swimming National Top 10 in multiple events for seven straight years … Helped Santa Margarita Catholic to the 2018 Trinity League title … Competed for Mission Viejo Nadadores Swim Team for four years and Canyons Aquatic Club for five … Named the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Recipient of the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, Christopher Cvengros Memorial Scholarship Award and Eagle Alumni Association Scholarship Award … Volunteered with the Special Olympics and Regency Senior Living Facility … Cousin, Emily Chapman, attended graduate school at Harvard, receiving her Master's Degree in environmental management in 2011 … Aunt, Mie Uehara, was a member of the Japanese Winter Olympic Team, competing in long-track speed skating in 1992 and 1998 … Son of Stephen and Ayako.
Pierce Dietze | Sprint/Mid-Distance Freestyle | La Jolla, Calif. | The Bishop's School
Four-time All-American (50 free, 100 free, 4x100 free relay, 4x50 medley relay) … Earned all-Western League first-team, all-CIF first-team and Scholastic All-America honors multiple times … Named team captain for his senior season … Won the 100 free in the CIF San Diego Section as a junior and came in second in the 50 free … Came in 7th at the 2018 state meet in the 50 free … Helped Bishop's win the 2018 Western League title and finish second in the San Diego Section … Owns the school record in the 50 free, 100 free, 4x100 free relay, 4x50 free relay and 4x50 medley relay … Placed sixth at the 2018 Junior Nationals in the 200 free and 16th in the 50 free … Swam for Wind N Sea Swim Team since the third grade … Played water polo at Bishop's his freshman year … Inducted into The Bishop's School Cum Laude Society his senior year … Won the AP Scholar with Honor Award in 2017-18 … Made the Honor Roll every year from seventh grade forward … Earned the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award as a freshman and was inducted into The Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica as a sophomore … Son of Kathleen and Peter.
Luke Foster | Diving | Charlotte, N.C. | South Mecklenburg High
NCHSAA 4A state champion as a senior … Two-time SoMECK8 conference champion as a freshman and senior; runner-up as a sophomore and junior … Helped South Mecklenburg to a NCHSAA 4A state title his first two seasons and second-place finishes in his last two years … Earned the 4A Western Regional championship as a senior … Team captain his junior and senior campaigns … Collected the Newcomer Award (freshman), Pride of the South Award (junior) and Outstanding Sabre Achievement Award (senior) … Owns the South Mecklenburg record on the 1-meter board for 11 dives (548.45) … Member of the Carolina Diving Academy Elite Team (2016-19) … AAU Diving All-American (1M, 3M, platform) … Finalist at the 2018 USA Diving Junior Nationals (1M) … Named a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar with Distinction and a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semifinalist in 2019 … Member of the National Honor Society (2017-19), National Math & Science Honor Society serving as treasurer (2017-19), National Social Studies Honor Society (2017-18) and Beta Club (2017-19) … Was a Sabre Ambassador (2017-19), Junior Marshall (2018) and Odyssey of the Mind four-time world champion … Earned the Presidential Volunteer Gold Service Award in 2016 … Son of Robert and Laurie.
Will Grant | Backstroke | Waco, Texas | Waco High
Earned a spot on the National Junior Team … Named a Scholastic All-American … Captured the 2018 Junior Nationals title in the 100-meter back … Swam for the Heart of Texas Aquatics Club … Member of the National Honor Society and the Waco City Youth Council … Son of Christopher and Hilary.
Marcus Holmquist | Mid-Distance Freestyle | Bankeryd, Sweden | Sandagymnasiet
Two-time national junior champion … Eight-time national age group champion … Swam on the No. 1 Swedish age group team in 2014 and 2015 … Part of the top Swedish junior team in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Medaled at the Nordic age group championships in 2016 … Medalist at the 2017 Nordic Junior Championships … Competed at the 2017 Nordic Open Water Championships (5km, 7.5km) … Participated at the 2018 European Open Water Championships (10km) and the 2018 European Swimming Championships … Swam for Jönköping Simsällskap … Volunteered with his team to teach youth the importance of water safety … Also taught the importance of water safety to disabled children … Provided swim lessons for children and assisted his coaches at day camps … Father, Joakim, competed for Sweden at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona, respectively … Joakim is the world record-holder in the 50-meter free (scm) in the 45-49 age group … Mother, Cari, became a world champion at the Lifesaving World Championship in Valenciennes, France in 1995, and ranked third in the world in 2018 in the 50-meter breast (scm) for women in the 50-54 age group … Son of Joakim and Cari.
Cole Kuster | Distance Freestyle | Williamstown, Mass. | Mount Greylock Regional School
Three-time USA Swimming Scholar All-American (2017-19) … Qualified for the 2018-19 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals, Speedo Junior Nationals and 2019 NCSA Junior Nationals … Runner-up in the 1,650 free, placed fourth in the 500 free and was eighth in the 1,000 free at the 2019 NCSA Junior Nationals … Won the 2018 Speedo Sectionals in the 500 and 1,000 free, and was the 2018 New England Swimming Seniors champion in the 500 free … Came in 11th in the 1,650 free at the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals … Two-time National Honor Society member (2018, 2019) … National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction and Latin Award recipient in 2018 … Collected Mount Greylock's Chemistry Award (2017) and was a top-10 scholar (2016) … Swam for Purple Valley Aquatics throughout high school … Played junior varsity soccer in ninth and 10th grade … Father, Steven, attended the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, graudating in 1999 … Steven was an assistant coach with Harvard swimming and diving from 1996-99 … Mother, Kimberley, was captain of the track and field team at Springfield College, and graduated in 1990 … Steven was captain of the Penn swimming and diving team, and graduated in 1993 … Steven, who owned multiple school records and the Ivy League record in the 200 fly, was an Honorable Mention All-American in the 200 fly, placing 11th at the 1992 Olympic Trials and was a member of Team USA at the 1993 World University Games.
Kevin Ong | Sprint | Singapore | Anglo-Chinese School
Four-time Singapore National Swimming Team captain, competing at the Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships (2013, 2015) and the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Schools Games (2014, 2016) … Three-time Anglo-Chinese School team captain (2012, 2014, 2016) … Competed for Swimfast Aquatic Club (2013-17) and Aquatech Swimming Club (2017-19), and at the Singapore Swimming National Training Centre (2015, 2017) … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2016 and 2017 … Represented Singapore at the FINA Swimming World Cup, earning a bronze in 2014 and nine other top-10 finishes over five years, and at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships … Earned a gold at the 2015 Asian Age Group Swimming Championships and a bronze in 2011 … Collected two gold medals, one silver and two bronze, along with three team titles (2013, 2014, 2015), at the Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships … Took home two gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Schools Games … Turned in an all-time top-100 time in USA Swimming history in the 100-meter back and 50-meter free in 2013 … Competed at the Singapore National Schools Swimming Championships where he broke five records, collected 17 gold medals and five team titles between 2011-16 … Set two U-14 national records and gathered three golds, six silvers and 16 bronzes from 2012-17 at the Singapore National Swimming Championships … Achieved an International Baccalaureate perfect score in 2016 … Earned the Dean's List Award for Economics and Physics (2015) and the Young Defense Scientists Program Academic Award for Physics from the Singapore Defense Science and Technology Agency (2014) … Named the top student at Anglo-Chinese School for English Language and Literature (2016), History (2014), Physics (2013) and Mathematics (2011) … Was the School Model United Nations Conference Editor-in-Chief at Anglo-Chinese School … Was the Student Council President from 2015-16 … Served as chairman for "Busking for Change," raising over $17,000 for mental health awareness … Was a coach for special-needs athletes at Special Olympics Singapore (2013-18) … Field Reconnaissance Platoon Leader for the 11th C4I Battalion of the Singapore Army … Son of Ong Tek Khoan and Tan Yew Khuan.
Moritz Pail | Diving | Vienna, Austria | Gymnasium Rahlgasse
Austrian National Team member … Two-time national champion … Two-time vice national champion … Eight-time junior national champion … Nine-time vice junior national champion … 10-time state champion … Top-3 performer at numerous international diving meets … 2015 European Games participant … Competed for Schwimm-Union-Wien … Valedictorian … Graduated with high distinction … Member of Student Council and Mathematical Olympiad Club … Tutor for math and English … Served as diving coach for children in the age range between 8-16 … Instructor for popular sport and diving in 2016-17 at the Federal Academy of Sports Vienna … Son of Ursula and Martin.