85th Anniversary Alumni Meet photos are here!

For those of us who swam at Harvard, the experience will always be part of us. We move on to other careers and identities, but one identity we will never entirely shed is ‘Harvard swimmer.’

Welcome to the Harvard Swimming History Project. This digital memory bank was launched in late 2009 by the coaching staff, who sought to begin to tell the rich stories of Harvard Men’s Swimming & Diving 80 years after the start of official intercollegiate competition in Cambridge. To create an authentic record, we invite all alumni and friends of Harvard swimming — whether you participated for a year or four, whether your devotion to the sport was consuming or passing — to contribute to this shared experience, just as Bill Chadsey (1964) did on the 25th anniversary of a great Crimson victory.

Each of us, I believe, has a few transcendent moments in a lifetime, moments that are transfixed in memory, memories that with each passing year are retrieved and renewed, polished like gems that gain lustre over the years. For me, such a moment is captured in that photograph of Coach Brooks hoisted on the shoulders of a jubilant Harvard team.

This website — created in the form of a Weblog, or set of chapters —  contains only some of the many stories waiting to be told. Most involve experiences at Harvard, and some after Harvard. But all are about Harvard swimmers. With your help, more will be added. The easiest way to read ALL of the stories within is to click the CONTENTS link above. The most recent entries are listed at left. (The articles are also filtered via the category links at left, by decade and keyword. Some entries may be repeated, as they cross decades or subject categories. Keep scrolling down to read all.)

To join this effort — even in a small way — please click these links: About or How You Can Participate, or contact the volunteer editor of this project and website, Paul Horvitz (1972 Co-captain) at paul.horvitz@gmail.com.

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photo by Peter Brunnick