Hello, from the Harvard Men's Swimming office. The New Year has started off well here in Cambridge and we are preparing ourselves for a FAST championship season. Along with Holiday training, reading period, and exams, meets against Auburn, Dartmouth, Brown, and Navy have kept us busy for the past six weeks. At present, we are gearing up for the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet on February 4th. It is the biggest dual meet of the season and the Crimson are looking to avenge last year's 9 point loss at the hands of Princeton.
Holiday training went extremely well and with the exception of some cloudy skies, it was a great time had by all. Our meet with #4 Auburn started off the trip on a positive note. Although we lost, it was a great meet for us as many of the guys swam best unshaved times and scored against some excellent competition. Carver (23.72), Esway (26.79), Livingston (23.10), and Heilman (20.31), sent Auburn a message in the first event by winning the 200 Medley Relay. Younger was a double winner in the 1000 (9:12.91) and the 500 (4:29.22), and Tim Carver won the 200 back (1:48.85). Although those were our only wins of the day, we swam some very tough races and proved once again that we can swim with the best teams in the country. After Christmas, several of the team members went on an optional trip to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center while the remainder of the guys returned to Cambridge just before the New Year. Training in Colorado was extremely successful as the guys had their strength tested, their strokes filmed and digitized, and swam in the flume. It proved to be a very positive experience and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.
Dartmouth was the first competition upon our return to Cambridge. Iron man, which you will learn more about upon your enrollment at Harvard, highlighted this rather lackluster meet. Ben Odell was the man of the meet as he, upon his selection as Iron Man, had to swim every event, including relays. As you can see from the results, he did a good job racing and even scored some points against the lesser-talented team from Dartmouth. Brown followed the Dartmouth meet the next day in Providence. This meet was long course and although we won every event, our only triple winner was Brian Younger in the 800 (8:42.50) and 400 (4:08.77) freestyles, and the 400 IM (4:45.00). Our final meet of this six week stretch came at the hands of the U.S. Naval Academy. Once again, although we won the meet by ninety points, our only double winner was Tim Carver in the 100 (50.49) and 200 (1:50.04) back, All these meets have prepared us well for our biggest challenge to come in one week as we race against Princeton in the much awaited H-Y-P tri-meet. Until our next report, which will included results from H-Y-P and our last two Ivy League meets, keep studying, training, and having fun. We'll be in touch.
The Novotel - Princeton
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