Former National Champion Bob Kaufman '62 Returns to Speak with Team

Former National Champion Bob Kaufman '62 Returns to Speak with Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard men's swimmer Bob Kaufman '62, part of the Crimson's national champion 400 freestyle relay in 1961, recently returned to speak with the current team. Kaufman addressed a number of topics, including his time at Harvard and the life lessons he learned from the sport, especially while in Cambridge.

"It was great to meet Bob today," senior Matt Karle said. "To hear about the team in a different time and its success, it reminds us of the history of excellence this program has and how we need to uphold the standard set by those who have come before us."

Kaufman was a three-time All-Ivy honoree, claiming the national title and All-America status for the 400 free relay along with Alan Engleberg '63, Bill Zentgraf '62 and Bruce Hunter '63 as a junior in 1961. Kaufman also excelled in the 200 IM, for which he earned First Team All-Ivy honors twice.

"We're so proud of our tradition here at Harvard," said Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Swimming and Diving. "Our wealth of resources gives us the ability to connect generations of Harvard swimmers and divers to give perspective on life. We were thrilled to have Bob return to help us to continue cultivating that atmosphere."