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Roop, Wurzbacher Named Men's Swimming and Diving Captains for 2012-13

Roop and Wurzbacher will serve as co-captains of the men’s swimming and diving team in 2012-13

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men’s swimming and diving team announced its captains for the 2012-13 season and presented its major awards Saturday afternoon at its annual postseason awards banquet held at the Harvard Club of Boston.

Rising seniors Greg Roop and Owen Wurzbacher were voted by their teammates to lead the team as captains next season.  Roop also received the Reid Jorgensen Trophy, the award given to the most improved member of the junior class, after placing 8th in the 1,650 free (15:37.17) at the Ivy League Championships.

Wurzbacher competed in the IM and breaststroke this season. He placed 13th in both the 100 and 200 breast at Ivies with times of 56.47 and 2:03.17, respectively.  

“Owen and Greg are passionate about their swimming and the success of HMSD,” Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving commented. “They have the potential to be outstanding Captains.  Their leadership, and that of next year’s entire senior class, will be instrumental in our quest to win the Ivy title.”

Niall Janney was awarded the Stowell Trophy, an award given annually to the senior who, through perseverance, diligence, and untiring self-sacrifice, has most improved during his collegiate career. Janney turned in three top eight performances at the Ivy Championships, placing seventh in the 400 IM (3:56.94), eighth in the 200 IM (1:50.58) and eighth in the 200 fly (1:50.71), and earned All-Ivy League second team honors for his participation on the 400 medley relay team.

Matt McLean was honored with the Harold S. Ulen Trophy, given to the senior who best demonstrates those qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and team cooperation. McLean was a co-captain of this year’s squad and competed in the free and fly events. At Ivies, he finished 12th in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:44.23.

Freshmen Chuck Katis and Mike Mosca shared the William J. Brooks Trophy, presented to the swimmer or diver who contributes the most to the success of the team. Katis set Harvard records in both the 100 and 200 breast at Ivies, turning in times of 53.17 and 1:56.49, respectively, en route to six All-Ivy League second team honors. The freshman earned All-America status at the NCAA Championships as part of the 400 and 800 free relay teams, and posted a pair of top 25 finishes in the 100 breast (20th, 53.62) and 200 breast (25th, 1:58.05) as well. Katis was also honored with the Eugene B. Wyman Trophy, awarded to the team member who scores the most points in dual meets.

Mosca is the Harvard record holder on both the one and three-meter diving boards with scores of 363.80 and 394.80, respectively. He won the one meter with a score of 359.55 and placed second on the three meter with a score of 366.25 at the Ivy championships, earning himself a pair of all-conference selections. The freshman nearly qualified for the NCAA Championships with a strong performance at the Zone Diving Championships, finishing second on the one meter and third on the three meter.

The awards banquet was also a time to honor the five seniors of the 2011-12 squad: Ross Ford, Janney, David Lynch, McLean and Robert Newell