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.
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 2001 year as head swimming coach and aquatics director. He has a coaching record of 80-28 and his program has produced 24 All-America Swimmers. Hansen was the head water polo coach from 2006-2009, 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.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
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.
By Anne Lepesant, SwimSwam.com
Alessandro (Alex) Boratto, a senior at The Haverford School, took down National Independent School Record in the 100 SCM backstroke on Thursday, Jan. 25, in a meet against Episcopal Academy. Boratto clocked a time of 54.54, taking 1.14 seconds off the mark of 55.68 set by Zach Althoff of the Baylor School on Nov. 15, 2017.
USA Swimming announced the honorees for a new program, the 18 & Under World 100, recognizing many of the nation's top 18-and-under swimmers for their performances in Olympic events in 2016. Haverford School junior Alex Boratto is ranked No. 23 in the world for 18U in the 100 backstroke (55.51) and No. 28 as an 18U swimmer in the U.S. Read more>
The full 2018-19 Swimming and Diving schedule can be found here.
Varsity Swimming & Diving
Swimming Results: Haverford School
Inter Ac Swimming Championships
@Malvern Prep 1/31/18
*All Individual 1st place finishes qualify as Automatic First Team All Inter Ac
200 Medley Relay 1st Place
1:33:83 New MP Pool Record
Alex Boratto, Antonio Octaviano
JR Leitz, TJ Brooks
200 Freestyle Jack Deppen 3rd Place
TJ Brooks 21:76 1st Place
John Nelligan 21:77 2nd Place
Antonio Octaviano 2nd Place 52:59
JR Leitz 4th Place 53:82
John Nelligan 1st Place 47:17
TJ Brooks 3rd Place 48:39
200 Freestyle Relay 1st Place
1:25:39 New MP Pool Record
Alex Boratto, TJ Brooks
Antonio Octaviano, John Nelligan
Alex Boratto 1st Place 49:78 New MP Pool Record
Jack Deppen 3rd Place 53:07
Antonio Octaviano 1st Place 57:63
Jason Chen tied 2nd 1:02:05
400 Free Relay 1st Place
Alex Boratto, John Nelligan
Jack Deppen, JR Leitz
Automatic First Team All InterAc
New Malvern Prep Pool Records
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay