Men’s Swimming and Diving Adds 12 for 2013-14 Season

Men’s Swimming and Diving Adds 12 for 2013-14 Season

12 newcomers will join a squad that has placed second in the Ivy League four straight years (Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, has announced that 12 incoming freshman will be added to the Crimson's roster for 2013-14; Aly Abdel Khalik, Kenneth Castro-Abrams, Mitchell Foster, Cliff Goertemiller, Jack Manchester, Paul O'Hara, Manasseh Oso, Patrick Pender, Eric Ronda, Sean Satterthwaite, Sava Turcanu and Maxim Yakubovich. The 12 member Class of 2017 consists of five All-Americans, six state champions and four academic All-Americans.

"This year's incoming freshman class is a group of outstanding young men who have the potential to contribute significantly to our program," stated Murphy. "Our upperclassmen are ready to lead them in a productive and meaningful way to maximize their success in the pool and in the classroom."

Class of 2017

Aly Abdel Khalik, 6'0", Mid-Distance Freestyle, Missisauga, Ont.
Competed for Etobicoke Swim Club … Represented Canada at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships where he placed third in the 200 free relay … Recipient of the Eastern Canadian Championships High Point Award in 2013 … Multiple-time Canadian Age Group Champion … Four-time Honor Roll student.

Kenneth Castro-Abrams, 6'1", Backstroke/IM, Novato, Calif.
Selected as captain his senior year and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Holds MCAL's record in 100 back … Named Second Most Outstanding Pacific Swimmer in 2011 … Three-time Academic All-American … National Hispanic Scholar … National Merit Consideration … National Council of La Raza … Volunteered at Lidere and Splash as a swim instructor.

Mitchell Foster, 6'3", Sprint Freestyle/Backstroke, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Two-time captain, five-year letterwinner … 13-time state champion … Earned All-America status seven times … Two-time section Swimmer of the Year … 20-time All-State selection … Three-time MVP … Minnesota high school record holder … Breck School record holder in seven events … Holds 13 pool records across Minnesota … Three-time Scholastic All-American … Citizenship Award Recipient … Class Vice President for three years … Student Ambassador for four years.

Cliff Goertemiller, 6'3", Distance Freestyle, Dayton, Ohio
Selected as captain his senior year and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Led Oakwood to a state championship in 2012 and a runner-up finish in 2011 … Two-time MVP … Oakwood Coaches' Award recipient as a senior … NICSA All-America selection as a junior … Three-time champion at Southwest Ohio Classic in 500 free and 1,650 free … Two-time champion at Southwest Ohio Classic in 200 free … USA Swimming sectionals 800 free and 1,500 free champion in 2010 … Placed second at Junior Nationals in 2012 in the 800 free … In 2011, had a top-five finish at the Ohio Open Water Championship … Set Ohio record in the 1,500 free (15:30.29) for 17-18 men in 2012 … In 2011, set Ohio record for 15-16 men in the 500 free (4:25.26) … Junior Nationals team member … 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier … Two-time captain of the academic decathlon team … Led the academic decathlon team to two regional and state championships, and a national championship as the highest scoring student at all levels … Helped the academic decathlon team to be the first ever Division III team to attend national competition in 2011 … Two-time Principal Scholar Athlete.

Jack Manchester, 6'3", Backstroke/Freestyle, Huntersville, N.C.
Selected as captain his senior year and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Led Hough to back-to-back state runner-up finishes as a senior and junior … State champion in the 100 back and 200 free as a senior … Member of the state champion 100 relay team as a junior … Lake Norman Swimmer of the Year … Led his club team to a National Combined Championship in 2012 … His club team owns the national records for the 50 medley relay and 100 medley relay  … Two-time Scholastic All-American … High School All-American in 2013 … Volunteered at A Child's Place.

Paul O'Hara, 6'1", Sprint Freestyle, Alexandria, Va.
Selected as captain his senior year and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Led Gonzaga to three consecutive Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League championships and Washington Metro Interscholastic Swim and Dive championship … At the WMPSSDL championships in 2012, placed first in the 200 IM setting a meet record with an All-America consideration time … Also placed first in the 100 breast at the WMPSSDL championships… Finished first in the 50 free and 100 free at Metros … Member of Gonzaga's 200 free relay team that placed first at WMPSSDL and Metro's … Three-time WMPSDDL Championship Individual High Point List selection … Holds Gonzaga records in the 50 free and 200 IM, and is a member of the record holding 200 free relay team … Earned two NISCA All-America times in the 50 free as a senior and junior … Earned NISCA All-America times consideration in the 100 free, 200 IM and as a member of the 200 free relay … Named The Washington Post All-Met first team as a senior and second team as a junior … Two-time team MVP … Recipient of the Purple Eagle as the most versatile swimmer as a junior … As a freshman, named Rookie of the Year … With the Nation's Capital Swim Club, competed at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCSA Junior National meets as a member of the 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relay teams which all placed first overall … Member of the 400 medley relay team that set a new National Age Group record at NCSA … Three-time USA Swimming scholastic All-America selection … 2013 National Merit Scholarship Finalist … College Board AP Scholar … NISCA Academic All-American as a senior … Four-time Potomac Valley Swimming Scholar Athlete … Member of the Honor Roll for four years … Three-year member of the National Honor Society.

Manasseh Oso, 5'6", Diving, Glendale, Ariz.
Three-year captain, four-year letterwinner ... Ironwood three-meter record holder with a score of 478.4 ... Placed second at the state championships as a senior and was third as a junior … Two-time district champion ... Finished ninth at the state championships as a freshman and sophomore ... Named Arizona Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Coaches Association Division 1 Diver of the Year as a senior ... Earned team's Diver of the Year honor four times ... Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Scholar-Athlete ... Also letter in volleyball and wrestling ... Captained the volleyball team for four seasons and was a three-time MVP … Named wrestling MVP as a junior ... Two-time Activity Award recipient ... Four-time Renaissance Honor Roll award recipient ... Dr. Voire Stuart Chase Coy Scholar-Athlete AIA Honor Roll student as a freshman and sophomore ... Audio-Visual Technician at Trendsetters Church ... Member of National Honor Society, Photo Club and Breakfast Club ... Volunteered with Relay for Life.

Patrick Pender, 5'10", Sprint Freestyle, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Four-year letterwinner ... Bolton School Boys' Division Full Colors for Swimming as a senior ... In 2012, Bolton School Boys' Division Half Colors for Swimming ... 2013 Monster Regional Team ... 2012 Bolton Champion in the 50 free ... 2010 UAE League (Development) Champion ...  Member of the 100 medley relay bronze-medal winning team at the 2012 Irish Olympic Trial ... Member of the silver medalist 200 free relay team at the 2012 Irish National Youth Championships ... Also a finalist in the 200 back at the Irish National Youth Championships in 2012 ... Member of the semi-finalist 50 free relay team at the 2011 Irish National Short Course Championships ... Finalist in the 200 back at the Irish National Short Course Championships in 2011 ... Member of Bolton School's Gifted and Talented Society ... In 2011, recipient of the British School Most Outstanding Historian Award ... Assistant swim club coach ... Member of the UN Peer Network ... Volunteered at Bolton School's lower school library.

Eric Ronda, 6'0", Breaststroke/IM, Greenwich, Conn.
Four-year letterwinner … Named MVP in 2013 … Earned All-America status in the 100 breast in 2013 … New England record holder in the 100 breast … Connecticut record holder in the 200 breast … Earned a bronze medal at the junior Pan Pacific in the 200 breast in 2012 … Placed 10th at the World Rankings in the 200 breast long course … Senior national finalist in the 200 breast … Junior National team member … Competed in the 100 and 200 breast at the 2012 Olympic Trials … Also lettered in crew and water polo … Honor Roll student.

Sean Satterthwaite, 6'2", Freestyle, Edina, Minn.
Selected as captain his senior year and earned four varsity letters in swimming... Led Edina to section, conference and state championships in 2010 ... Helped Edina to a runner-up state championships finish as a senior ... Earned All-America status as a senior … Five-time All-State selection ... Two-time All-Conference selection ... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2013 ... National Merit Commended Student ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Writing Coach ... Church Leader ... Member of the American Legion Boy States, Boy Scouts of America and Marching Band ... His mother, Ann '84, managed Harvard's women's swimming and diving team ... His brother, Chris '14, is a two-time All-American and program record holder at Harvard ... His brother, Tim, swims at Cornell.

Sava Turcanu, 6'0", Freestyle/Butterfly/Backstroke, Hickory, N.C.
Selected as captain his senior year and earned four varsity letters in swimming … Three-time state champion … Named 3A State MVP in 2012 … Three-time YMCA National Champion … Record holder in the 800 free … Member of the Beta Club and JSA Club.

Maxim Yakubovich, 6'0", Butterfly, Beaverton, Ore.
Four year letterwinner … Helped Southridge High School to a second-place finish at the state championships as a senior … Four-time All-State and team MVP honoree … Earned All-America status in the 100 butterfly  as a senior … State champion in the 100 butterfly as a junior and senior … Owns eight school records and 42 Portland Aquatic Club records … Received the Portland Aquatics Club Coaches Award in 2012 and 2013 … Qualified for the 2013 US Open Championships … Three-time Academic All-American … Two-year member of the National Honor Society and National Merit Consideration … Graduated in the top one percent of his class … International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate.