Junior National Champion Dylan Rhee Hands Verbal to Harvard

Photo Courtesy: Dylan Rhee

NEW COMMIT: New York City’s Dylan Rhee has given his verbal commitment for the 2020-2021 season to Harvard. He is the first swimmer to lend a verbal to the Crimson men for the class of 2024.


Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

Rhee attends the Trinity School and is a four-year member of Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) under head coach David Rodriguez. He holds twenty AGUA team records and four Metropolitan Swimming LSC records.

Rhee picked up the Olympic Trials standard in the 200 breaststroke in January, and dipped under the cut five more times throughout 2019. The sixth time came along with Rhee’s first USA Swimming Junior National title in the event with a come-from-behind victory.

Rhee’s 2:13.45 from the Phillips 66 National Championships was the twenty-second fastest time for American men in the 2019 season. It also ranks fourteenth all-time for American 17-18 men. Rhee made the 18 & Under World Top 100 List in the event in both 2018 and 2019 and is also a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

Dylan Rhee’s Best Times:

  • 100 Breast – 54.94
  • 200 Breast – 1:57.14
  • 200 IM – 1:49.50
  • 400 IM – 3:52.37
  • 100 Breast (LCM) – 1:03.41
  • 200 Breast (LCM) – 2:13.45
  • 200 IM (LCM) – 2:07.70
  • 400 IM (LCM) – 4:29.61

Rhee will make an immediate impact in Cambridge for the already-thriving Harvard Crimson. The men won the 2019 Ivy League Title by over 200 points and followed up the performance with a top-ten finish at NCAAs.

Last season, Rhee would have placed fourth at the Ivy League Championships in his signature 200 breaststroke and eleventh in both the 100 breaststroke and 400 IM. He would have been the second-fastest Harvard swimmer in the 100 behind current senior Daniel Chang and the man to beat in the 200.

Thirty-one men were selected for 2019’s NCAA 200 breaststroke – it took a 1:54.04 to be invited to the meet. With Rhee’s surge onto the national scene this summer and another year of training to go before getting to campus, Rhee could be a potential NCAA qualifier his freshman year for Harvard.

Rhee told Swimming World:

“I am excited to announce my commitment to Harvard University! I’m grateful to my coaches, teammates, friends, and family for allowing this dream to become a reality. Incredibly proud to call this place home for the next four years! #GoCrimson”

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER:* A “verbal commitment” does not guarantee admission. An Ivy League coach cannot guarantee admission but can only commit support in the admissions process.

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