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Clute, Schulkin Named Women’s Swimming and Diving Captains for 2013-14

Harvard celebrated an Ivy League dual win at Brown January 19 (photo courtesy Rose Lincoln).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team has announced that rising seniors Deirdre Clute and Danielle Schulkin have been named team co-captains for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

"Danielle and Deirdre are positive and enthusiastic leaders who, in combination with their already united senior class, will lead by example both in and out of the water," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. "Their commitment to the team as a whole and working with individuals will ensure a very strong 2013-2014 season."

Clute and Schulkin helped the Crimson to another outstanding season in which it went 7-0 in Ivy League dual meets, set 10 new program records, qualified two student-athletes for the NCAA meet and boasted five Academic All-Americans in the fall. The duo contributed to Harvard's efforts in the pool which earned the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Champions for the fifth title in the last 11 years. In 2011, the pair earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mentions for their efforts in the classroom.

A product out of Alamo, Calif., Clute has been one of the Crimson's competitors in both freestyle and backstroke events over the past three seasons. She has been a key component in relay events while earning a handful of first place finishes individually over her first three years.

"I am most excited to see our team grow under the leadership of our incredibly unified senior class," Clute said. "I believe it will help us capitalize on one of our greatest strengths, which is competing as one, cohesive unit. The coaching staff always tells us that the greatest teams lead from within, and I am confident that next year everyone from the freshman to seniors will help to achieve this."

Schulkin, who hails from Bethesda, Md., has been a steady finisher for Harvard in the butterfly. Each of the previous seasons she has placed in the top-ten in multiple events at the Ivy League Championships and ECAC Championships. Schulkin set a personal best in the 200 back (2:02.30) to help the Crimson to its second consecutive dual meet crown during its sweep of Harvard and Yale February 2.