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IRVINE, California, November 13. HE might be pretty busy overseas as part of the U.S. Junior National Team trip to the FINA World Cup right now, but Aquazot's Corey Okubo made sure to take the time to reach out to Swimming World prior to finals tonight to let us know he's committed to attend Princeton after his senior year at the University High School in Irvine.
Okubo, who is ranked eighth in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, is a dynamic swimmer out of the state of California who swims for Brian Pajer at Aquazot. That's the second top-10 recruit to head to the Ivies with No. 1 Edward Kim committing to Harvard earlier this year.
Okubo has top-flight ability in both the short course and long course pools. In short course, he has a load of strongly-ranked top times with a 1:47.07 in the 200 IM, 3:49.74 in the 400 IM and a 1:46.06 in the 200 fly.
Meanwhile, he also has a 4:19.06 in the 400 IM, 1:58.28 in the 200 fly, 2;00.14 in the 200 IM and a 2:01.47 in the 200 back, all in long course meter competition this past year as he continues to turn into a versatile threat across the board.
"I am currently in China enjoying the competition with my National Junior Team members. It is very exciting to be competing internationally against some of the best in the world," Okubo wrote Swimming World. "It was an awesome feeling swimming (not racing) the 200 fly a few lanes over from Chad Le Clos in Japan."
"As a team, we are all bonding together to do well for Team USA. Tokyo was very tough with many fast times posted throughout the meet. Hopefully, we have all adjusted to the international event format and be more competitive in China," Okubo continued. "After all, we get to swim at the CUBE."
"As for my college recruit process, it was a very tough choice for me," Okubo wrote. "I am fortunate and honored to have great schools showing interest in me and with each school having their unique advantages, it was very stressful narrowing down my choices. Although it was very difficult, I have decided to pursue the Ivy League path. As you probably know, Ivy League has a unique process and I am not admitted at this point. The wording is difficult but I can announce that I have officially "committed to the application process at Princeton.""