Breaststroker Shane McNamara Commits to Harvard

Pending completion of the admissions process, Shane McNamara intends to swim for Harvard beginning in the fall of 2014, making him the biggest recruit yet this fall for the Ivy League men’s programs.

McNamara is primarily a breaststroker (though he has an opportunity to commit in several areas). In yards, he’s been 55.49 and 1:59.84 in the 100 and 200 yard races.

He’ll have one year of overlap with Chuck Katis, who ranked 11th in the country last year in the 200 breaststroke (though a falter by the Harvard men at NCAA’s kept him from what could have been NCAA points).

McNamara’s times already, coming out of his junior year, would have put him in the top 10 in the 200 and top 11 in the 100 in the Ivy League in 2012-2013.

He dropped a second-and-a-half in the 100 as a junior, but his really significant improvement came in the 200, where he knocked four seconds off of his best yards time between March of 2012 and April of 2013.

As for those ‘other’ events, McNamara has been 45.8 in the 100 free, 1:40.59 in the 200 free, 1:50.40 in the 200 IM, and 3:55.62 in the 400 IM.

McNamara trains for Empire Swimming in New York.

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Great news for Harvard and for Shane! Go Crimson!!!!

Favorite Uncle Arizona Ken

Shane is getting bigger, stronger and faster every year. He’s going to rock the world the next four years. Harvard is very lucky to get the commitment from such a great guy. Watch out Ivy League for the new kid on the block!

Awesome News Shane you deserve it !!!!!!!!!!!!

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