Harker senior commits to swim for Stanford


Alysa Suleiman

Senior Ethan Hu signs his letter of intent to swim for Stanford University. Come fall, he will join the class of 2024, a dream come true for him.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

Against the white and green Harker Eagles backdrop in the brightly-lit multipurpose room of the Athletic center, Ethan Hu (12) smiles broadly as he holds a bright bouquet of congratulatory flowers in his hands, surrounded by his friends, family and coaches. Matching the name card on the table, the stark red letters, “Stanford,” stand out on his crisp white tee.

On Nov. 13, Ethan officially committed to be a collegiate athlete on the Stanford swim team and a member of the class of 2024. Having been a swimmer for ten years, this is a dream come true for him.

“[I feel] a whole mix of emotions,” he said. “Definitely some relief, excitement and a little bit of anxiety.”

Ethan has been making history throughout his high school career. Just last year, he shattered records in the 200 individual medley (IM) and the 100 fly at both the CCS championships and the state meet, in addition to garnering top results with Harker’s 200 medley and freestyle relay teams. However, more than the medals and glory, he appreciates the relationships he has made and strengthened through swimming and the people who have supported him throughout this journey.

“The best part about swimming would be the community, the team, the people I get to swim with,” Ethan said. “I’m blessed to have a great group of people around me and am incredibly grateful for everyone who has supported me — parents, friends, coaches. This definitely was not a one-person effort, it wasn’t just me. It was a whole team of people that made this all possible.”

Many of these individuals were standing in the room with him, cheering him on and offering their encouragement as he signed his letter of intent.

“Ethan has been in my close friend group since day one, and we’ve all been on this process together with him. Obviously I have to come out just to show support,” fellow senior Max Lee said. “He’s worked so hard, harder than anyone else I know, and he deserved every part of it. Stanford better watch out.”

Ethan’s mother Li Zhang also added that while she is excited to see her son move onto the next chapter of his life in college, she hopes that he will always stay connected with his peers at Harker, even after leaving.

“[He has] been at Harker for almost nine years, and it’s almost his second family,” she said. “I think he’s lucky enough to have his classmates and all the support from the community.”