Dirk Bell
Dirk Bell
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, S.C.
High School: Wando
Position: Freestyle/IM
Major: Computer Science

Best Times:        500 Free: 4:30.12             200 Free: 1:42.92        

  1,000 Free: 9:18.43          1,650 Free: 15:27.21

Club: LTP Swimming  Coach: Jesup Szatkowski


2017-2018 (Senior): 100-yard backstroke: 11th place at Harvard vs. Princeton… 200-yard backstroke: Sixth place vs. Seton Hall… 100-yard freestyle: 16th place at Harvard vs. Princeton… 1000-yard freestyle: Third place at Southern Connecticut.

2016-2017 (Junior): Elected captain for 2017-2018 season... 200-yard freestyle: 24th place at Virginia Tech Invitational with a personal best time of 1:42.92… Fifth place at Cornell… 1000-yard freestyle: Third place at Southern Connecticut… 100-yard butterfly: Fourth place vs. Harvard and Princeton… 200-yard butterfly: Ninth place vs. Harvard and Princeton… 200-yard backstroke: Third place at Southern Connecticut.

2015-2016 (Sophomore): Competed in 200-yard freestyle relay at the 2016 Men's Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships...  500-yard freestyle: Finished 33rd at Ivies  with a time of 4:33.79... 1,000-yard freestyle: 26th place at Ivies with a time of 9:29.51... Fourth place vs. Boston University and UConn... 1,650-yard freestyle: 21st place at Ivies, completed race in 15:44.51... 11th place vs. Harvard and Princeton.

2014-2015 (First Year): 500-yard freestyle: Finished 29th at the 2015 Men's Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with time of 4:30.12... Fourth place vs. Cornell... 17th place at Bucknell Invitational... 1,000-yard freestyle:  Improved upon personal best time by 32.39 at Ivies, finishing in 20th place with a time of 9:18.43... Ninth vs. Dartmouth and Penn... 1,650-yard freestyle: Finished 11th at Ivies, dropping 45 seconds from his seed time to record a personal best time of 15:27.21... 18th at Bucknell Invitational...400-yard IM: 20th at Bucknell Invitational, finished in 4:08.59.

Before Yale: Set four Wando High School records... Individual state champion, four-time relay state champion... Team won three state championships... Set five LTP Swimming records (500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle, 400 IM, and 100 fly), three South Carolina individual state records... Nationals qualifier... Team was third overall at the 2013 and 2014 short course state championship... Attended the National Open Water Select Camp... Competed at 2013 Open Water National Championships.

Why I Chose Yale "Yale's outstanding reputation of academic excellence, experienced coaching staff, and close knit team made my college decision an easy one. It will be an honor to contribute to such a successful and historic program."