Cambridge, MA--Senior co-captain Jan Esway (Greenburg, Penn./Mercersberg Academy) scored in five separate events, leading the Harvard men's swim team to a strong second-place finish at the Eastern Championships.
Esway was part of the first-place 400 freestyle relay team, which set both an Eastern and a school record with a time of 2:58.60. In addition, Esway was part of the second-place efforts in the 200 medley relay (1:30.86) and 200 freestyle relay (1:21.34). The medley team made the cut to be considered for a bid to NCAA competition.
In individual events, the 6-1, 172-pounder placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (45.11) and eighth in the 100 breaststroke (57.34).
Although the Crimson lost its three-year stranglehold on the Eastern title, the tournament marked a nice finish to a successful season by extending to 23 years Harvard's streak for placing no lower than third at Easterns. The team, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Mike Chasson, finished the season with a 9-2 dual meet record overall, 8-1 in the EISL. Princeton, which handed the Crimson its only league defeat, won the team competition.
As team co-captain, Esway has proven not only a strong leader but also a versatile and successful swimmer, scoring points in the 50, 100, and 200 free; 100 back; 100 breast; 100 fly; 200 individual medley; 200 and 400 medley relays; and 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays in the dual season.
Esway is majoring in biology at Harvard. He is a 1991 graduate of Mercersburg Academy, where he graduated with two school records and was a three-time All-American.