Harvard Swimming & Diving

2000-2001 Competitors to Watch


Dan Barnes
Senior - West Lafayette, IN

Personal Bests: 50 free (20.94); 100 free (45.37); 200 free (1:41.29); 500 free (4:43.61) ... Harvard Notebook: One of the Crimson's top freestylers ... Last season, won the 400 freestyle against Navy, the 100 freestyle against Brown and Penn ... In 1998-99, finished second in 50 free against Dartmouth and Cornell and second in the 500 free against Penn ... Was a consolation finalist at the 1998 Easterns in the 200 freestyle ... Had his best performance against Dartmouth when he claimed first place in the 100 free ... Concentrating in government ... Also: Five-time First Team All-American in high school ... Holds the West Lafayette High School record in the 50 and 100 free and as part of the 200 free, 200 medley, and 400 free relay teams ... Indiana state champion in the 100 free ... Brother, Jeff, was an All-American swimmer at Yale.

 
Jan Cieslikiewicz
Sophomore - Gdansk, Poland

Personal Bests: 50 free (21.73); 100 free (46.08); 200 free (1:48.68); 200 fly (1:56.61) ... Harvard Notebook: On the 400 freestyle relay team that won against Army and Columbia ... Also: A graduate of Havant College in the United Kingdom ... Captained the Polish Junior Team ... A Polish National Junior medalist ... Great Britain National Champion in the senior relay, medalist at the English Schoolsí Nationals and at Great Britain Junior Championships ... A Polish National Senior Champion in relay ... A Polish National Open Water Champion ... A senior record holder in both Gdansk District and Hampshire County ... A UK Senior Mathematical Challenge Gold Award winner. ... Compete in the Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 freestyle.

 
Rick Dewey
Sophomore - Seabrook, TX

Personal Bests: 200 IM (1:52.50); 400 IM (3:55.64); 200 free (1:40.12); 500 free (4:34.93) ... Harvard Notebook: One of Harvardís top returners in the IM events ... Won the 200 IM against Cornell and Dartmouth ... Also: Competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 400 IM ... All-American swimmer at Clear Lake High School ... State Champion in 500 free ... A Junior Championship finalist ... Also an All-American in water polo in 1999 ... Helped Clear Lake win four of five straight State Waterpolo Championships ... Vice President of Clear View Class of '99.

 
Leif Drake
Sophomore - Ann Arbor, MI

Personal Bests: 50 free (20.80); 100 free (46.11), 100 back (53.60); 100 fly (51.11) ... Harvard Notebook: Has the third best time among the returners in the 50 free ... Won the 50 free versus Penn, Cornell and Dartmouth ... Also: Swam for the State Championship swim team at Pioneer High School ... An eight-time All-American, 12-time All-State and 16-time All-League selection ... A member of two State Championship water polo teams ... Set the varsity record in the 50 free and tied the state record for the 50 free in the 15-16 year old age group ... Father, Robert, graduated from Harvard.

 
Kyle Egan
Junior - Pennsauken, NJ

Personal Bests: 100 fly (48.62), 100 back (52.08), 200 fly (1:48.26); 200 IM (1:53.14); 400 IM (4:07.66) ... Harvard Notebook: The top returner in the 100 butterfly and among the top returners in the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM ... Earned first team All-Ivy honors in the 200 medley relay and second team accolades in the 200 butterfly and the 400 medley relay ... Finished second behind brother Ryan in the 200 butterfly at the 2000 Easterns ... Holds the second best time in Harvard history in the 100 butterfly and the fifth best in the 200 butterfly ... Also: Competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 butterfly ... A two-time All-State performer in the 100 yard butterfly ... Set 11 school records while swimming at Pennsauken High and two records at the Peddie School ... Earned four All-American Scholastic Honors ... Took part in Habitat for Humanity in 1997-98.

 
Ryan Egan
Junior - Pennsauken, NJ

Personal Bests: 200 free (1:42.94); 500 free (4:37.66); 1000 free (9:31.07); 100 fly (49.44); 200 fly (1:47.29) ... Harvard Notebook: Second fastest returning butterflier on the team ... A first team All-Ivy in the 200 butterfly after winning the event at the 2000 Easterns ... Holds Harvard's sixth best time in the 100 butterfly and the fourth best time in the 200 butterfly ... Finished third in the 200 fly at the 1999 Easterns ... Second fastest returning butterflier on the team ... Holds Harvardís fourth fastest time in the 200 butterfly ... Concentrating in architecture ... Also: An All-South Jersey performer in the 500 free in 1996 ... The Junior National Champion in the 200 meter butterfly in 1996 ... Olympic Trial qualifier in the 200 fly in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

 
Erik Frost
Junior - Yardley, PA

Personal Bests: 1M springboard (6 dives-260.32); 1M springboard (11 dives-274.50); 3M springboard (6 dives-246.82); 3M springboard (11 dives-350.39) ... Harvard Notebook: Was 19th in the one meter at the 2000 Easterns ... Finished 14th in the one meter and 15th in the three meter events at the 1999 Eastern Championships ... Concentrating in Earth and Planetary Sciences ... Also: A four-year letterwinner at Pennsburg High School ... An Honorable Mention All-League honoree in 1997 and a second team pick in 1998 ... Father, Richard, played football at Cornell.

 
Mike Gentilucci
Sophomore - Elkton, MD

Personal Bests: 100 breast (57.90); 200 breast (2:04.55); 200 IM (1:55.24); 200 back (1:56.08) ... Harvard Notebook: One of the top returning athletes in the breaststroke ... Won the 200 breaststroke against Penn ... Also: The 1999 Delaware State Champion in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM ... Served as captain for the St. Mark's High School swim team ... A two-time first team All-State selection ... Finished seventh at Junior Nationals in the 200 breaststroke in 1998 and 1999 ... Was the 1992 10-and-under national champion in the 50 and 100 breast and was named Mid-Atlantic Swimmer of the Year.

 
Ben Hanley
Junior - Santa Cruz, CA

Personal Bests: 200 free (1:42.58); 500 free (4:25.92); 1000 free (9:06.53); 1650 free (15:13.95) ... Harvard Notebook: One of the teamís top returners in the distance freestyle events ... A second team All-Ivy performer in the 1650 freestyle after finishing second in the event at the 2000 Easterns ... Won the 1500 meter free against Navy ... Also: Took part in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 1500 free ... An All-American and Scholastic All-American at Aptos High School ... Captained the swim team for two years and the water polo team for two years.

 
Michael Im
Senior - Portage, MI

Personal Bests: 200 free (1:47.05); 500 free (4:38.57); 100 back (49.01); 200 back (1:47.31): 200 IM (1:52.70) ... Harvard Notebook: Harvard's top returner in the 100 backstroke and second best in the 200 backstroke ... Holds the fifth best time in Harvard history in the 100 backstroke and the eighth best time in the 200 backstroke ... Last year, was on the 200 medley relay team which won Easterns and earned first team All-Ivy honors ... Also earned second team All-Ivy honors in the 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay in 2000 ... Earned first team All-Ivy honors as a member of the 400 medley relay team in 1999 ... Finished fourth in the 200 backstroke and sixth in the 100 back at the 1999 Eastern Championships ... Competed and finaled in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the 1998 Easterns ... Concentrating in biology ... Also: Competed in the 200 backstroke in the 2000 Olympic Trials ... A 1997 graduate of Portage Northern High School where he was a four-time honor roll student ... Two-time Michigan All-State winner and High School All-American in the 100 back ... Four-time team MVP ... Graduated as a state record holder in the 100 back.

 
Andrew McConnell
Sophomore - Greenville, NC

Personal Bests: 200 free (1:42.00); 500 free (4:25.90); 1000 free (9:03.74); 1650 free (15:15.19) ... Harvard Notebook: Top returner in the 500 and 1000 freestyle events ... Won the 1000 freestyle at the 2000 Easterns to earn first team All-Ivy honors ... An Honorable Mention All-American in the 200 and 800 freestyle relays ... Finished third in the 500 free at Easterns ...Harvard's top finisher in the 1500 freestyle at the 2000 NCAA Championships (19th) and also competed in the 400 freestyle ... Also: Took part in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 1500 freestyle ... A high school state champion in the 500 free ... An All-City swimmer in Jacksonville, FL ... An All-American in the 200 and 500 freestyle events ... Was MVP in 1996 and 1997 at J.H. Rose in Greenville, NC ... Won a U.S. Army Student Athlete Award and was an Academic All-American.

 
Will Oren
Senior - Lodi, CA

Personal Bests: 200 free (1:41.04); 500 free (4:25.05); 100 back (54.30); 200 fly (1:47.26); 200 IM (1:53.97); 400 IM (3:54.14) ... Harvard Notebook: Enters the season as Harvardís fastest 200 butterflier ... Is the third fastest in the program's history in the 200 fly ... Is the second fastest returner in the 400 IM ... A first team All-Ivy performer in the 500 free by virture of his victory at the 1999 Eastern Championship and second team All-Ivy in the 200 fly and the 400 IM ... Won the 400 IM and placed second in the 200 fly at the 1998 Harvard Invitational ... Finished second in the 200 fly and third in the 500 free at the 1998 Easterns ... Also competed in the 100 fly ... Qualified for the championship finals at the 1999 Texas Invitational in the 200 fly ... During his freshman year, competed at least once in every individual event ... A history concentrator ... Also: Finished ninth in the 200 butterfly in the 2000 Olympic Trials ... A 1997 graduate of Tokay High School where he swam and played water polo ... A 1996 High School All American in the 500 free ... Received All-League honors in water polo twice ... National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

 
Chris Park
Senior - Los Gatos, CA

Personal Bests: 50 free (21.38); 100 free (47.01); 100 fly (51.92) ... Harvard Notebook: ... Also: An eight-time All-American at Los Gatos High School ... Earned the All-American honors in the 50 and 100 freestyle and in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays ... Also a four-time All-League waterpolo player.

 
Ryan Parmenter
Sophomore - Valencia, CA

Personal Bests: 50 free (21.47); 100 free (46.44); 200 free (1:42.02); 200 back (1:58.03) ... Harvard Notebook: Expected to bolster the team in the freestyle and individual medley events ... Also: An All-League and All-City swimmer for William S. Hart High School ... Division II Champion in the 200 IM ... Finished third in the nation in the 400 free.

 
Erik Patton
Sophomore - Thousand Oaks, CA

Personal Bests: 1M springboard (6 dives- 310.43); 1M springboard (11 dives- 415.70); 3M springboard (6 dives- 307.05); 3M springboard (11 dives- 432.89) ... Harvard Notebook: Harvardís top diver last year ... Finished seventh in the one meter at the 2000 Easterns ... Won both the one and three meter events against Penn, Cornell and Dartmouth and won the three meter against Yale and Princeton ... Also: Lettered in diving at Westlake High School ... Team MVP four years and holds all diving records at the school ... A three-time Marmonte League Champion ... A 1998 Honorable Mention All-America ... Named to the All-City and All-County teams ... Rosebowl Aquatics National Team Member ... Junior Olympics National Qualifier ... Finished third at the California State Championships.

 
John Persinger
Sophomore - Short Hills, NJ

Personal Bests: 500 free (4:32.63); 1000 free (9:23.51); 1650 free (15:32.45); 200 IM (1:52.63); 400 IM (4:01.18) ... Harvard Notebook: One of the top returners in the distance freestyle events ... Also: Competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 1500 freestyle ... A varsity swimmer for Delbarton School ... A two-time All-County pick ... Set the school and Morris County records in the 500 free and the 200 IM ... The NJ State Prep School record holder in the 500 free ... A three-time USA Swimming Academic All-American.

 
Michael Sabala
Junior - Massapequa, NY

Personal Bests: 200 free (1:48.27); 500 free (4:41.54); 1000 free (9:34.99); 1650 free (15:55.36); 200 breast (2:17.04); 400 IM (4:08.01) ... Harvard Notebook: Finished second in the 1000 freestyle against Army and Columbia ... Won the 200 breaststroke against Columbia and Dartmouth ... Also: Finished 14th in the 800 freestyle and sixth in the 800 freestyle relay at the Northeast Speedo Junior Championships in 1998.

 
Adam Shaw
Senior - Woodbury, NY

Personal Bests: 50 free (21.09); 100 free (45.58); 100 fly (49.68); 200 fly (1:58.72) ... Harvard Notebook: One of the team's top returners in the 100 freestyle ... Won the 100 butterfly against Penn ... Finished second in the 100 freestyle against Brown ... A first team All-Ivy performer in the 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay in 1999... Placed fifth in the 100 fly at the 1999 Eastern Championships ... Holds the eighth-best time in the 100 fly in program history ... Concentrating in psychology ... Also: A five-year letterwinner at Syosset High School ... Holds seven high school records, two county and one state record ... Earned All-American, All-State, and All-County recognition.

 
Dan Shevchik
Sophomore - Wilton, CT

Personal Bests: 100 back (50.46); 200 back (1:45.14); 500 free (4:36.92); 200 IM (1:48.55); 400 IM (3:50.72) ... Harvard Notebook: An All-American in the 200 backstroke after finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships last year ... Also earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 400 IM, the 200 and 800 freestyle relays ... Holds the third best time in the 200 backstroke in Harvard history ... Earned the Moriarty Award as the top point scorer at the 2000 Eastern Championships after winning the 200 backstroke, and the 400 IM and finishing second in the 200 IM ... Also earned All-Ivy honors on the 800 freestyle relay ... Also: Finished eighth in the 200 backstroke at the 2000 Olympic Trials ... A bronze medalist in the 200 back at the 1999 Pan American Games ... Member of the 1999-2000 National B team ... A YMCA and Junior National record holder in the 400 IM and 200 back ... Junior National High Point Award winner in 1997 ... Three-time finalist at the Phillips 66 National Championships ... Three-time high school All-American ... Member of the 1997 Connecticut High School State Open Champions and two-time Class M Champions ... Recognized by USA Swimming as the top scholar-swimmer twice.

 
Nate Towery
Sophomore - Walla Walla, WA

Personal Bests: 50 free (21.93); 100 breast (58.86); 200 breast (2:10.13); 200 IM (1:59.40) ... Harvard Notebook: One of the teamís top returning breaststrokers ... Finished second in the 200 breaststroke againt Penn ... Also: The Swimmer of the Year for the Walla Walla YMCA team ... Set team records in the 200 and 400 IM, the 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle.

 
Cory Walker
Sophomore - Lake Charles, LA

Personal Bests: 100 back (51.11); 200 back (1:49.62); 100 fly (51.27); 200 fly (1:49.82); 200 free (1:39.23); 200 IM (1:55.70) ... Harvard Notebook: Top returner in the 200 freestyle and one of the teamís top returners in the backstroke events and in the 200 butterfly ... A first team All-Ivy selection as a member of the winning 800 freestyle relay team at the 2000 Eastern Championhips ... Finished fifth in the 200 butterfly at Easterns ... Also: Competed in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle at the 2000 Olympic Trials ... The top-point producer at the 2000 Junior Nationals ... Two-year swim captain for Alfred M. Barbe High School ... Two-time Sourthwestern Conference Swimmer of the Year and 1998 Louisiana Male Swimmer of the Year ... A 1999 USA Swimming Academic All-American ... Father, Dennis, captained the football team at the University of Western Ontario and was drafted by the CFL; mother, Lynda, runs marathons.

 
Greg Walker
Senior - Chambersburg, PA

Personal Bests: 1M Springboard (411.55); 3M Springboard (484.50); Platform (418.60) ... Harvard Notebook: Returns to the team after studying in Germany last year ... Competes this season as the teamís top scoring diver ... Has qualified for the NCAAs twice, competing in the three-meter and platform... In 1999, finished third in the 3 meter and sixth in the one-meter at the Easterns ... Consistently scored in the top three in both springboard events ... At the 1998 NCAAs, competed on the 3 meter and platform ... In his first collegiate dual meet, placed first in the 1M and second in the 3M ... Also: 1997 graduate of The Mercersburg Academy ... Captained the diving squad his senior year.

 
Jamey Waters
Senior - Greenwich, CT

Personal Bests: 50 free (20.32); 100 free (44.74); 200 free (1:39.60) ... Harvard Notebook: Returns for his fourth year at Harvard as the teamís top 50 and 100 freestyler ... Earned All-Ivy honors in the 200 freestyle and medley relays and was a second team honoree in the 400 freestyle relay ... Finished third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freesyle at the 2000 Easterns ... Swam the third fastest time in program history in the 50 freestyle and the eighth-fastest times in the 100 free event ... In 1999, earned first team All-Ivy accolades as a member of the 200, 400 and 800 free relays and the 400 medley relay and second team All-Ivy honors in the 100 free ... Was a part of the winning 200, 400 and 800 relay teams at the 1999 Easterns and the 400 free relay at the 1998 Easterns ... A government concentrator ... Also: Swam in the 50 freestyle in the 2000 Olympic Trials ... A 1997 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy ... Eight-time All-American and two-time school MVP ... Was a New England Prep School League MVP and Boston Globe MVP his senior year ... Was undefeated in individual events in high school and set three school records ... Father, Stephen, is a 1968 graduate of Harvard.

 


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