William Drexler
William Drexler
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Hershey, Pa.
High School: Hershey
Position: Butterfly/IM

Best Times:     200 IM:  1:47.62           400 IM:  3:54.73       

 200 Fly:  1:48.02

Club: Hershey Aquatic Club

2017-2018 (Junior): 100-yard butterfly: Fifth place vs. Brown… Third place at Seton Hall… 14th place at Harvard vs. Princeton… 200-yard butterfly: 14th place at the 2018 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships… Fifth place vs. Brown… Second place vs. Cornell… Third place vs. Seton Hall… 11th place at Harvard vs. Princeton… 200-yard IM: 14thplace a Ivies…  20th place at Ohio State Invitational... 400-yard IM: 16th place at Ivies... Fifth place vs. Harvard and Princeton… 10th place at Harvard vs. Princeton… 100-yard backstroke: Third place vs. Southern Connecticut… 200-yard freestyle: First place vs. Southern Connecticut.

2016-2017 (Sophomore): Won the Harry Burke Award for outstanding contribution to Yale swimming by an underclassman... 100-yard butterfly: Fifth place vs. Boston University and UConn… Eighth place vs. Harvard and Princeton… 200-yard butterfly: 12th place at the 2017 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships... Fourth place vs. Boston University and UConn… Third place at Southern Connecticut… Sixth place vs. Harvard and Princeton with a personal best time of 1:48.86… 200-yard IM: 24th place at Ivies with season best of 1:49.53... 400-yard IM: 14th place at Ivies with personal best time of 3:56.05... Fifth place vs. Harvard and Princeton.

2015-2016 (First Year)100-yard butterfly: 51.04 vs. Harvard and Princeton... Seventh fastest swimmer in the event on the Yale roster this season... 200-yard IM: 12th place vs. Harvard and Princeton, with season-best time of 1:54.45.

Before Yale: Captain of Hershey High School swim team as a senior… Won nine events at Mid-Penn Conference Championships during his high school career… Also won four events at PIAA District 3 Championships…  All-American in 200-yard IM in 2015… Holds two District 3 relay records… Mid-Penn record holder in 500-yard freestyle… Holds Hershey High School record in 200-yard butterfly… Represented Hershey Swimming at Junior Nationals… In high school career, Hershey was undefeated in dual meets, won four Mid-Penn and District III championships, and was runner-up at PIAA State Meet twice… NISCA All-American… Four-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

Personal: Member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society… Member of high school's Chemistry & Medicine Club… Created "Pray for Cole" fundraiser in 2012 after teammate was diagnosed with leukemia, designed and sold t-shirts to raise $5,000 for cancer research… Member of Bethesda Mission Team, which provides food and clothing for Harrisburg, Pa., homeless population… Worked as Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School counselor.
Why Yale: "I am confident that upon graduation I will not only have maximized my potential as a swimmer, but will also have received one of the finest educations available."