Men's Swimming and Diving Names Captains For 2010-11 Season

Men's Swimming and Diving Names Captains For 2010-11 Season

Pictured: Justin Davison (left) and Douwe Yntema (right) will serve as captains for the 2010-11 season.
Photo Courtesy: Harvard men's swimming and diving

Seniors Justin Davidson and Douwe Yntema have been named the captains of the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team for the 2010-11 season, the program announced this week.

Davidson will enter his senior season at Harvard as one of the squad’s biggest threats in the breaststroke and the individual medley events. This past season, the Havertown, Pa., native placed fourth in the 100-yard breast and fifth in the 200 breast at the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. A history concentrator, Davidson has relished his time in Cambridge and is looking forward to leading the Crimson next season.

“Looking back on three years with Harvard men's swimming and diving, I realize that few honors exceed the ability to represent the greatest university in the world,” said Davidson. “I will do everything I can to assure that this team reclaims the Ivy League championship in its home pool, because that is what the swimmers, the coaches, and the university as a whole deserves.”

Yntema, the 2009-10 recipient of the team’s Reid Jorgensen Trophy, given to the most improved junior on the squad, had a successful season swimming the individual medley, 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly events. A third-place finish in the 400 IM at the Ivy Championships saw the environmental science and public policy concentrator hit an NCAA provisional qualifying mark to help the Crimson to a runner-up finish at the event.

“The team has defined my experience at Harvard,” said Yntema. “Looking back at the past three years, I am happy to say that the team has led me to my best and most trusted friends with whom I have shared great times. The bond that I share with my teammates has instilled in me a powerful faith in the collective abilities of men bounded my common interests.  I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish this coming year.”

“We are looking forward to the 2010-2011 season with Justin and Douwe serving as captains,” said men’s swimming and diving head coach Tim Murphy. “They have been leaders for us both in and out of the pool this year and we look forward to their expanded role next season.  With their help, and the help of our entire senior class, we will have a successful season.”