CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, has announced that nine incoming freshmen will be added to the Crimson's roster for 2012-13; Adejia Boutte, Christian Carbone, Robert Doles, Ryan Fortin, Steven Kekacs, Ji Lim, Jacob Luna, Tyler Rocca and Christian Yeager. The nine member Class of 2016 consists of four All-Americans, six state champions and six academic All-Americans.
"We are excited about our incoming class and have high expectations," said Murphy. "We are impressed with their passion for swimming and high level of character. We expect our upperclassmen to lead them in a manner that speaks to the tradition of eighty-four years of excellence of Harvard men's swimming and diving."
Class of 2016
Adejia Boutte Jr. , 6'1", Freestyle, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Four-year letterwinner … Led Greater Atlanta Christian School to a state championship as a sophomore … Earned All-America status in the 50 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay … Member of the Greater Atlanta Christian 400 free relay state championship relay team … Earned all-state honors for four straight years … Greater Atlanta Christian record holder in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay … Named team MVP as a freshman and junior … Member of the National Beta Club and National Honor Society … Volunteer at Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Foundation.
Christian Carbone, 5'9", IM/Breaststroke, West Des Moines, Iowa
Four-year letterwinner … Led The Baylor School to four straight Tennessee State combined swimming championships and to the men's championship as a freshman and junior … Two-time 200 IM state champion and 100 breast state champion as a senior … Two-time USA Swimming All-American … Named Male Swimmer of the Year for three consecutive years … Set the Baylor record in the 200 IM twice … USA Olympic Trials Qualifier as a senior … Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Earned the Swimming Scholar Athlete Award as a junior and senior … Received the Chattanooga Global Youth Leadership Class, David M. Abshire Leadership Fellow, Harrison Hall Academic Prefect and History Award … Founder and President of the Baylor Investment Society … Member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Student Academic Council, Student Council, Peer Support Network and Business Club.
Robert Doles, 6'1", IM, Johns Creek, Ga.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner … Led Johns Creek High School to a third-place finish at the Georgia State Championships as a senior … Member of Johns Creek's 200 free relay state championship team … All-State second team selection as a senior and third team selection as a junior … Johns Creek record holder in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 IM, 200 medley relay 200 free relay and 400 free relay … Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … NISCA Academic All-American as a senior … Three-time Johns Creek Scholar Athlete … Named AP Scholar with honor as a junior… Member of the National Honor Society.
Ryan Fortin, 5'11, IM, North Reading, Mass.
Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Led St. John's Prep to its seventh consecutive state championship as a senior … Two-time state champion in the 200 IM … Member of St. John's 200 medley relay state championship team which set the school record as a senior … Earned NISCA All-America status in the 100 breast, 200 IM and 200 medley relay as a senior … Named Boston Globe Swimmer of the Year as a junior … Named Catholic Conference All-Star … Also earned four varsity letters in water polo and captained the squad as a junior … Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Three-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic … Named the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School Student Leader as a senior … Member of the Chinese National Honor Society and National Honor Society.
Steven Kekacs, 5'10", Freestyle, Aiken, S.C.
Four-year letterwinner … Five-time South Carolina state champion … South Carolina high school state record holder in the 500 freestyle … Three-time All-State selection … Four-time all-region selection … Class Salutatorian at Aiken High School … Received the 2012 Presidential Scholar, the AP Scholar with Distinction and the National Merit Commended Student awards … Co-founded of a summer juggling program for underprivileged children as a senior … Member of the National Honor Society.
Ji Lim, 6'0", Butterfly, Tenafly, N.J.
Four-year letterwinner … Led Tenafly to consecutive county championships as a junior and senior … Four-time All-State, all-league and all-county selection … Named Tenafly team MVP for four years … Named the Record's Swimmer of the Year as a freshman, junior and senior … USA Olympic Trials Qualifier … YMCA National Champion in the 200 butterfly … Currently holds nine age group state records … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Named National Merit Commended Scholar as a junior.
Jacob Luna, 5'9", Butterfly, Henderson, Nev.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner … Led Coronado High School to a third-place finish at the Nevada State Championships as a junior … State champion in the 100 fly as a junior … Named team MVP as a sophomore and junior … Two-time NIAA Scholar Athlete … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American as a junior … Named Most Valued Chemist as a junior … Recipient of the AP Scholar award … Member of the Coronado High School Guitar Ensemble and National Hispanic Scholar.
Tyler Rocca, 5'11", Freestyle, Gainesville, Fla.
Three-time captain, four-year letterwinner … Led Gainesville High School to a Florida State Championship as a senior and runner-up finish as a junior … Member of Gainesville's 400 free relay state championship team … Earned All-America status in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 back … Two-time state champion in the 200 free and 100 back … Named Florida State 2A Swimmer of the Year as a senior … Three-time Gainesville Swimmer of the Year … Named ESPN Rise Florida's Swimmer of the Year as a junior … USA Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 200 free and 200 fly … Received top student honors in English, physics and AP physics … Received Top Student Cambridge in physics and pre calculus … Member of the National Honor Society.
Christian Yeager, 6'3", Backstroke, Breaststroke, IM, Huntington, N.Y.
Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Six-time NYCHSAA Champion … New York State Champion in the 200 IM as a senior … Earned All-America status in 200 IM and 100 Back … Member of St. Anthony's All-America 200 medley relay team as a junior … Earned the Jack Kennedy Career Achievement Award from the NYCHSAA … Two-time NYCHSAA league MVP … Set the NYCHSAA state record in the 100 back … Four-time all-state and all-league selection … Two-time All-Long Island first team selection … St. Anthony's High School record holder in the 100 breast, 100 yard and meter back, 200 yard and meter IM … Named St. Anthony's team MVP as a junior and senior … USA Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 200 back … Owns the 59th fastest time in the 200 back on USA Swimming's all-time list for the 15-16 age group and the 85th fastest time in the 20 breast for the 13-14 age group … Named NISCA Academic All-American and Scholastic All-American … Received NEWS 12 Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior … Member of the 2010 St. Anthony's All-American Scholar Team.