More than two dozen Haverford students will continue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities in 11 different sports. Go Fords!
Varsity Swimming and Diving
Swimming and diving has been a varsity sport at The Haverford School dating back to 1920. A perennial powerhouse on the main line through the 1940s, '50s, and '60s under the tutelage of legendary coach Joseph D. McQuillen, the Inter-Ac league for swimming was formalized in 1968 with Germantown Academy, Episcopal Academy, William Penn Charter, and Malvern Prep. While Haverford dominated its opponents throughout the early 1900s, with an undefeated season in 1944, the first outright Inter-Ac Championship came in 2017. That year the Fords rewrote the school and pool record board, establishing 16 of 22 records, and posted 17 NISCA All-America swims at the prestigious end of the year meet, Easterns.
Head Coach: Sean Hansen
Sean Hansen joined The Haverford School in 2000 as head swimming coach and aquatics director. He has a coaching record of 106-33 and his program has produced 47 All-America Swimmers and 76 All-America Consideration Swimmers. He led the Swimming and Diving Program to their first Inter-Ac League Championships in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 his program won the Easterns Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship for the first time in Haverford School history. Hansen was also the head water polo coach from 2006-09, winning Inter-Ac Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Hansen attended Haverford High School and was a member of the varsity swimming and diving team for four years. A PIAA state qualifier in 1995 and 1996, he was a captain of the Fords Central League Championship team in 1996. Hansen continued his swimming career at Lafayette College, where he was a four-time Patriot League Champion in the 100- and 200-yard Breaststroke, a four-time member of the All-Patriot League, a member of the All-Decade Patriot League Team, and former Record Holder in the 400 IM. Hansen graduated from Lafayette College in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Being a part of the Haverford School swimming and diving team means that you commit yourself to taking the following very seriously.
General Team Expectations:
- Represent our program with class, character, sportsmanship, and pride
- Adhere to the Haverford School Principles of Community
- Give 100%, 100% of the time
- Work hard and have fun. Hate to lose, love to win.
- Support your teammates in and out of the pool.
- Respect yourself, your teammates, your coaches and your school with your words and actions. Be professional and first class all of the time.
- Team first, “Me” second
- Academics first, athletics second
- No quitting
- Show up early, prepared, and ready to work hard
- If you need to miss practice, no problem, you need to contact Coach Hansen
- Do your best to be at all the practices. The more you practice, the better you perform.
Meet and Competition Expectations:
- 100% attendance for all six dual meets, unless excused by coach
- Respect your competitors and practice sportsmanship all the time
- Be punctual for the bus or vans
- Warm up as a team, Race as a team, Warm down as a team
- Always be in team suits, and team uniforms.
- You swim for us, your parents do not. Come directly to us, don’t rely on your parents.
- Always communicate with the coaching staff in regards to anything
Taking Care of yourself and eating appropriately is important to being successful in the pool. Listed below is the information that was discussed with the nutritionist.
Thirty student-athletes from the Class of 2018 will be playing sports for their respective colleges and universities this fall.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
The All-Main Line swimming teams include: First Team – senior Alex Boratto, sophomore Brian Brennan, senior John Nelligan, and sophomore Antonio Octaviano; Second Team – senior T.J. Brooks; Honorable Mention – freshman Jack Deppen and junior J.R. Leitz.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
The Haverford School senior and second-year captain holds 15 school swimming records. A two-time Delco Swimmer of the Year, he has been selected All-Delco, All-Inter-Ac and All-Main Line for four consecutive years. A 10-time (potentially 12-time) All American, the Stanford University-bound senior holds the US National Prep high school record in the 100-meter backstroke. He is a nine-time Easterns individual swimming champion, and was undefeated in all dual meet races this season, as well as playing a key role in the Fords’ second consecutive Inter-Ac championship. Outside of the pool, he is a co-founder of the Chinese Club at Haverford School.
By Matthew De George, PAPrepLive.com
Nursing a 3.5-point lead headed into the concluding 400 freestyle relay, Haverford School understood the scoring. A win (worth 64 points) in the final event would leave Phillips Andover Academy powerless to catch them. Likewise, an Andover victory would doom the Fords to second place.
- Varsity Swimming & Diving