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NCAA Championships On Tap For Men's Swimming Captain Meyer

Pictured: Alex Meyer will be swimming in his second NCAA Championships in the 1,650 freestyle.
Photo Courtesy: David Silverman


The Particulars
Senior co-captain Alex Meyer of the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team is set to compete in his second NCAA Championships, racing in the 1,650-yard freestyle event. The championships will run March 26-28 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.

Harvard at the NCAA Championships
The Crimson has been well represented at the NCAA Championships in recent years and has seen a handful of athletes attain All-America honors. The last Harvard swimmer to reach All-America status was Geoff Rathgeber ’08, who earned the distinction in both the 200 and 400 individual medleys at the 2008 championships. The last Crimson swimmer to be named an All-American in the 1,650 free was John Cole ’05, who was a four-time All-American (2001, ’02, ’04, ’05) in the event.

Meyer at the Ivies
In his last time out, Meyer had a strong showing at the 2010 Ivy League Championships. Meyer collected three events wins at the meet, winning the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 free races and posting an NCAA B qualifying mark of 15:05.55 in the 1,650 free.

At the conclusion of the meet, Meyer was honored with two awards. He received the Harold S Ulen Award (career high-point swimmer) and the Phil Moriarty Award (meet high-point swimmer). The senior also garnered first team All-Ivy recognition in his three individual events.

Historically Speaking
Meyer recorded the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 1,650 last season, posting a mark of 15:00.13. John Cole ’05 has the fastest time in school history with a time of 14:39.71, set in 2002.