Greetings from the Harvard Men's Swimming office and Happy Spring to you all! With your championship seasons rapidly approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck and many successes over the next four weeks. Easterns have come an d gone with Nationals and NCAA's approaching quickly. Nine of our athletes will be competing on the National level this spring, with three going to NCAA's and six going to US Nationals. This newsletter will recap Easterns, preview NCAAÕs and Nationals, a nd continue with another subject in "My Harvard Experience."
The 55th annual Eastern Seaboard Championships were held at Princeton this past weekend. This meet has always been a grudge match for Harvard and Princeton and this year was no exception. In the end, it was Princeton finishing on top, marking the first time they'd beaten Harvard since 1991. Although the score wasnÕt what we had hoped for, thirteen of our seventeen Eastern swimmers swam best times throughout the weekend, and eighteen of our twenty-one team members swam best times throughout the month of February, with NCAA's and Nationals yet to be swum.
DAY 1 - Thursday
Thursday began with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay swam to a season best of 1:21.34, getting touched out by Princeton. Esway (20.65), Cornue (20.42), Scheer (20.42), and Heilman (19.85). Brian Younger won the meet's next event, the 500 freestyle in a best time of 4:24.67, despite being unrested and unshaved. Josh Adams qualified for Nationals, and established a best time in the 200 IM (1:51.20) finishing second. Dave Heilman (20.67), fighting a virus all week, and Matt Cornue (20.91), establishing his best time, scored Top eight points in the 50 free, and the team of Carver (49.53), Esway (56.40), Anagnoson (49.20), and Heilman (44.5) finished second in the 400 medley relay. The night ended with us facing a 29 point deficit and forced to play catch-up.
DAY 2 - Friday
Day Two began with the 200 medley relay. Carver (23.11), Esway (25.42), Livingston (22.18), and Heilman (20.15) swam to a second place finish closely behind Princeton. Younger won his second event of the meet, the 1000 freestyle in an Eastern record t ime of 9:04.08. Adams finished second for the second time in the meet with his best time and second Senior National cut in the 400 IM (3:57.54). Anagnoson (49.65), qualifying for Senior Nationals, and Livingston (49.91) finaled in the 100 fly, freshman Ben Odell (1:40.64) finaled in the 200 free, Esway (57.34) finaled in the 100 breast, and Carver (48.98) won the 100 backstroke. To finish the night, our 800 freestyle relay team of Younger (1:40.04), Scheer (1:40.23), Odell (1:40.58), and Livingston (1:40.79) clocked in for a second place finish and a time of 6:41.64. Unfortunately, Day 2 finished with the meet out of reach, and barring any unforeseen catastrophes, we would finish second for the first time in four years.
DAY 3 - Saturday
Day 3 began with the meets most impressive swim. Brian Younger, again unrested and unshaved, broke Tony Corbiserio's Eastern record in the 1650, posting the fifth fastest time in the country this season of 15:06.79. Carver (1:47.01) was victorious, and Peterson (1:49.17) qualified for Nationals in the 200 backstroke. Heilman (44.73), Esway (45.11), and Scheer (45.20) finaled in the 100 freestyle; Mone (2:02.67) and Campea (2:02.92) did their best times while finaling in the 200 breast; and Livingston (1:51.53), and Anagnoson (1:52.42) finaled in the 200 fly. We won the meets final event, breaking a school record and the Eastern record in the process. Esway (45.03), Cornue (45.00), Scheer (44.60), and Heilman (43.97) won the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 2:58.60, an event that Harvard has won twelve times since 1981.
US Nationals begin March 14th in Minneapolis, MN. Scott Peterson (100 & 200 back), Josh Adams (200 & 400 IM, 200 breast), Karl Scheer (50 & 100 freestyle), Jeff Marks (400, 800 & 1500 freestyle), Rob Anagnoson (100 & 200 fly), and Greg Mone (400 medley relay) will be representing Harvard in Minnesota. NCAA's will begin March 23rd in Indianapolis, IN. Brian Younger (500 & 1650 freestyle), Tim Carver (100 & 200 backstroke), and Jan Esway (200 IM & 100 free) will represent Harvard at NCAA's. As you can see, we are achieving our goal of getting people to the National level with nine of our swimmers, and possible one diver, representing Harvard at the National level. Seven of the nine national athletes representing us this spring are underclassmen, making for a solid foundation to build upon in the upcoming years.
This month's subject is a 1991 graduate of Harvard and Captain of the 1990-91 squad. Greg Tull is a former Harvard record holder in the 50 & 100 yard freestyles, a four year All-Ivy selection and a 2-time NCAA All-American. Greg works in New York City for J.P. Morgan, a brokerage house on Wall Street.
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?
TULL: Harvard Swimming reinforced my belief in the combined power of teamwork, commitment, dedication, and a drive for personal achievement all wrapped up in the context of good fun!!!
CRIMSON NEWS: What was your most memorable Harvard Swimming experience?
TULL: It's difficult to choose between the training trips, Princeton meets, Iron Man competitions, runs along the Charles, and overall team camaraderie and spirit. If forced to pick one moment it would be at NCAA's my sophomore year. Morning prelims, ESPN, 200 Medley Relay, final heat. Berkoff, Manson, Tull, Kaplan. The most memorable moment was when Kaplan touched the wall and the clock flashed the third fastest qualifying time of the morning - we were on our way to becoming All-Americans.
CRIMSON NEWS: Is there anything you would like to say to this yearÕs recruits as they go through their college search?
TULL: Harvard offers a superior combination of a top flight NCAA Division I swimming program, a rich aura of history and tradition, an internationally renowned education, a picturesque urban/suburban New England setting, and a high quality, well-rounded, diverse student body where you are likely to meet life-long friends. Consider all of your options and choose Harvard because itÕs the best of what college has to offer!!!
The banquet honoring this yearÕs Varsity Swim Team will be held on Friday, April 7, 1995 at the Harvard Club-Downtown. We would like to encourage all parents and recruits to attend. If interested, please call Dave Flocco at (617) 495-5213 to reserve a seat. Dinner will be $30.00 per person and checks and reservations need to be received by Wednesday, April 5, 1995. We hope you will be able to attend and help us honor this year's team.
Send checks, made payable to Friends of Harvard Swimming, to:
Harvard Men's Swimming
60 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
US Phillips 66 Senior National Championships
Radisson Hotel - Metrodome
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55112
NCAA Division I Championships
Holiday Inn - Union Station
123 W. Louisiana Street
Indianapolis, IN 46206-2186
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