Greetings from the Harvard Men's Swimming Office. The guys are back, classes have started and we are all excited for another season of Harvard Swimming. After a voluntary training trip to New York City arranged by our captains, the guys began to arrive on campus towards the middle of September. The past few weeks have consisted of captains practices, games of ultimate frisbee, and eight hours/week of mandatory dryland. Thus far dryland has consisted of stadiums or bleachers, abdominals, medicine balls, surgical tubing, and vasa trainer. The Ivy League mandates our start date as October 1st for swimming and September 2oth for dryland. The guys have been very good at swimming on their own and we are in the best shape as a team at this early date in many years. Our official season will begin with our version of "Midnight Madness" to be held at Blodgett Pool at 12:01am on Saturday, October 1st. The attitude of the team is centered around a clear focus of team goals and what it will take to achieve them. Qualifying as many members of this team for NCAA's is our main team focus. On our way to achieving that ultimate goal we hope the win the Eastern Seaboard Championship for the fourth year in a row, and the Ivy League title for the second time in the past three years. The team is fired up and ready to get to work - Here we go!!!
In addition to the everyday happenings of Harvard Swimming, we will continue our aggressive approach to recruit the best athletes in the country. Although it is very early, we feel that we are off to a good start and look to improve upon our already talented team with another solid recruiting class. We hope that you will want to be a part of it.
THE NEWS: What are some of the lessons you learned while swimming for Harvard and how did those lessons prepare you for life after college?
ROOT: I learned about team unity, time management, and goal setting. More importantly, I learned about friends - what they mean to you and how to maintain strong relationships with those around you. It's important to understand how to work with many different types of people.
THE NEWS: What was your most memorable Harvard Swimming experience?
ROOT: The Harvard-Princeton Meet my sophomore year at Princeton. Princeton destroyed us in the first half of the meet, but we fought back to win the 200 fly, 100 free, 200 back, and 500 free. We eventually lost the meet by nine points but we finally possessed that fighting spirit that I had heard about but never seen before. I also remember at Easterns that year smiling at John Blaney underwater with 125 yards left in the 1650 in which we went 1-2.
THE NEWS: Is there anything you would like to say to this year's recruits as they go through their college search?
ROOT: It's the complete package that makes Harvard Swimming so special. A great swim TEAM, school, area in which to live, group of people, parents, and family atmosphere. It is forever changing, but the stories remain the same of friendships gained along with the honor of swimming for Harvard.