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USA Swimming Dubs Meyer Open Water Swimmer of the Year

Alex Meyer '10 will represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics (USA Swimming).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Former Harvard standout and current United States Olympic Team member Alex Meyer ’10 was named the 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year at the annual USA Swimming awards night.

Meyer has quickly become one of the top open water swimmers in the world, capturing the national title in the 10-kilomter event earlier this year and taking fourth at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. The fourth-place finish at the world championships earned him a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, the first swimmer to qualify for the 2012 games in London.

The Fran Crippen Memorial Award is named after Fran Crippen,  a former teammate and close friend of Meyer’s who died tragically during an open water race in Dubai last October. The Crippen family was presented with USA Swimming’s Athletes’ Appreciation Award for their contributions to the athletes’ movement.

For the entire USA Swimming release, click here.