M. Swimming Conquers Easterns

The Harvard men's swimming team finished its season with a win this weekend at the Eastern championships at Princeton's DeNunzio pool.

The three-day meet ran for six sessions, two each day--one of preliminaries, with the top 24 swimmers getting to return in the evening for finals.

Harvard won its fifth consecutive meet comfortably, scoring 1,468 points, in front of Princeton (1,233.5 points), Yale (1,141.5 points), the rest of the Ivy League, and Army and Navy. The Crimson started off the meet with a win in the 200-meter freestyle relay, and continued right on through yesterday, never trailing in the overall competition.

Harvard won three of the five relays in the meet, showing its versatility by winning both sprint relays--the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley--as well as the "distance" 800 freestyle relay.

Harvard's swimmers in the 200 free relay consisted of junior Matt Fritsch, junior Jamey Waters, senior Brian Swinteck, and tri-captain Ben Rosen. Waters joined with junior Mike Im, senior Marek Biegluk and sophomore Kyle Egan for the win in the 200 medley.

Harvard's amazing strength in the distance events was shown in the 800 with freshman Cory Walker, Rosen, freshman Dan Shevchik, and senior Jan Sibbersen finishing 2.5 seconds in front of the field.

Four Crimson swimmers made the finals (top eight) in three different events--the maximum number in which any one swimmer is allowed to compete. Dan Shevchik placed second in the 200 individual medley (IM), his lowest individual placing of the meet.

Shevchik went on to win the 400 IM by a full four seconds and the 200 backstroke by 1.5 seconds.