Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from the Harvard Men's Swimming Office. We've had an exciting few weeks with a great period of training, Ivy League wins over Columbia and Army, and impressive wins in our Invitational over #2 Michigan and #13 Florida. As we get ready for the holiday break, we look forward to our Holiday Training trip to Sarasota, FL, our dual meet with #4 Auburn, and our post-Christmas trip to Colorado Springs. Coming in January are meets against Dartmouth, Brown, Navy, and Northeastern, reading period and exams, and final preparations for the H-Y-P meet at the beginning of February. It's a busy time here on the banks of the Charles River - busy...and FAST!
The weekend before Thanksgiving we started the '94-'95 campaign with wins over Columbia and Army. Columbia traveled up from New York on Friday, November 18 for the first meet of the season for both teams. The night ended with a 182 point win for the Crimson as we won every event and 1-2'd all but one. Both Harvard relay teams began the night by going 3:31's in the medley. Freshman Brian Younger won the 1000 free (9:15.84), and the 400 IM (4:05.84), Captain Tim Carver won the 100 back (51.09) and the 200 back (1:52.36), Senior Rich Beukema won both diving events, and our 200 freestyle relays went 1:26.04 & 1:27.63 for a 1-2 finish. On Sunday morning at the crack of dawn we boarded one of Brush Hill's finest motor coaches for that beautiful drive into Bear Mountain and the United States Military Academy. The Cadets were a bit more challenging than the Lions form Columbia - the end result was 104 point Harvard victory to improve our record to 2-0. Younger won the 200 free (1:43.09) and the 500 free (4:33.09), Captain Jan Esway won the 100 breast (1:00.07) and the 200 IM (1:53.71), Sophomore Karl Scheer won the 50 free (21.63) and the 100 free (46.92), and Beukema won both boards for the second time in two meets. Both meets proved to be extremely successful as we began our assault on the Ivy League with the hopes of winning both the Ivy League title and the Eastern Seaboard Championships.
In order to achieve our goal of swimming against the best competition possible, we invited the #2 ranked University of Michigan and the #13 ranked University of Florida to the fourth annual Harvard Invitational. Our TEAM goals going into the weekend included TEAM cohesiveness, TEAM intensity, and a TEAM victory. All three were accomplished as we bonded as a TEAM, kept up the intensity over the entire three day meet, and beat both the University of Florida and the University of Michigan with some of the most exciting swimming here at Blodgett Pool in fifteen years. Florida came into the meet as the 7th place finisher at last year's NCAA's and the 13th ranked team in the CSCAA Coaches Poll. Their best swimmer, Stephen Clarke, holds several Florida school records, and is coming off All-American performances in the sprint events last year. Ready to avenge their loss to Harvard last January, Florida was prepared to show the people of Cambridge that the Harvard win last season was a fluke. Michigan came to town with two world record holders, a recent drubbing of the University of Texas, and the #1 ranking in the CSCAA college Poll. Tom Dolan, the world record holder in the long course 400M IM, and Gustavo Borges, the world record holder in the short course 100M freestyle, led the Michigan charge which also included Royce Sharp, the American record holder in the 200M backstroke, and Jason Lancaster, who holds the National High School record in the 200 yard IM.
The Harvard Men were not intimidated, though, as we rose to the occasion, swam to the level of competition, and finished the meet Sunday night with best unshaved times in over 70% of our races. Trailing Michigan until the second-to-last event of the meet and maintaining a slight edge over Florida from the beginning, we sent both teams home with losses they weren't expecting. The meet started off with a bang as our 200 freestyle relay team of Esway (21.26), Butts (20.89), Carver (20.86), and Heilman (20.23) held off a late charge by Michigan, including a 19.79 split by Borges, to win the meet's first event. In the next event, the 500 freestyle, Younger raced Tom Dolan for a 450 and went a best time of 4:26.07. Brian showed a lot of guts in this race as he went out with Dolan, unshaved and unrested, to go the best time of his life. Esway swam a best unshaved time of 1:51.99 in getting fourth in the 200IM, and we put four sprinters in the top 8 to take the lead over Florida for good. Heilman (21.27), Butts (21.31), Carver (21.53), and Scheer (21.64) all went best unshaved times in the 50 freestyle. The first night ended with us down by 25 to Michigan and ahead of Florida by 15. Saturday night began with a big win in the 200 yard Medley Relay, once again holding off a late charge by Michigan's Gustavo Borges. Carver (23.96), Esway (26.43), Livingston (22.94), and Heilman (20.17) went a best unshaved swim of 1:33.48. Younger (4:02.09) and sophomore Josh Adams (4:06.30) finaled in the 400IM, freshman Rob Anagnoson (51.53) was our best 100 flyer, Younger (1:41.51) and Esway (1:41.19) finaled in the 200 freestyle, and sophomore Scott Campea was fourth in the 100 breast (59.48). Carver followed up his win on the 200 medley relay with a big win over American record-holder Royce Sharp in the 100 back (50.28), followed by Junior Scott Peterson (52.40), and Younger (53.31). The second night ended with Michigan in front by 15 over Harvard and 40 over Florida. Sunday afternoon started with the most exciting mile in Blodgett Pool since Bobby Hackett broke 15:00 in 1979. Tom Dolan and Younger went at it for the first 1200 of the 1650. Dolan showed his world record form as he pulled away from Brian at the 1250 and cruised to a first place time of 15:10.89. Younger was not far behind as he finished with a probable NCAA qualifying time of 15:16.72. Royce Sharp broke the pool record in the 200 back (1:45.87), and was followed by Carver (1:51.33), Peterson (1:51.72), Alpert (1:53.57), and Younger (1:53.96). Our sprinters went to work again as we placed 4 in the top 8 with Heilman (46.18), Esway (46.36), Scheer (46.38), and Carver (46.81). Dzavik (1:54.81), Livingston (1:55.52), and Anagnoson (1:55.79) were the Harvard representatives in the 200 fly, and Campea (2:08.76), Adams (2:12.73), and freshman Greg Mone (2:13.19) all finaled in the 200 breaststroke to put us ahead for good with one event remaining. Esway (46.08), Heilman (45.80), Carver (46.11), and freshman Matt Cornue (46.04) won the 400 freestyle relay (3:04.03) to seal the victory for Harvard. All in all, the weekend proved that we are capable of swimming with and beating teams with some of the best swimmers in the world.
Our next foe is Auburn University at the beginning of our training trip in Sarasota, FL., on December 18. Auburn finished fourth at the NCAA's a year ago and has benefited nicely from the demise of the UCLA men's program. Auburn has added four All-Americans to this year's team from UCLA, not to mention a corps of sprinters that rank tops in the NCAA. After our training trip we come back to campus for reading period, exams, meets with Dartmouth, Brown, Navy, and Northeastern. January will also serve as our preparation time for the much awaited dual meet rematch with Princeton down in New Jersey on February 3.
THE CRIMSON NEWS: What are some of the lessons you learned while swimming for Harvard and how did those lessons prepare you for life after college?
KAUFMANN: I learned that winning isn't as important as being honorable and honest in the pursuit.
THE CRIMSON NEWS: What was your most memorable Harvard swimming experience?
KAUFMANN: Beating Yale in 1962, and winning the Gold Medal at the 1960 NCAA's.
THE CRIMSON NEWS: Is there anything you would like to say to this year's recruits as they go through their college search?
KAUFMANN: Harvard will give you a first class swimming experience, and a chance after college to do many interesting things.
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HOTEL FOR THE EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS / MARCH 2-4, 1995
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