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Lovett Elected 2012-13 Men's Swimming and Diving Captain

Jared Lovett. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jared Lovett. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jared Lovett has been named captain of the Yale men's swimming and diving team for the 2012-13 season. Lovett, one of the Bulldogs' most versatile swimmers and consistent force in the Individual Medley, butterfly, and backstroke over the past three seasons, was chosen by a vote of his teammates.

"It is an incredible honor to be elected captain of the Yale Men's Swimming and Diving team for next year," Lovett said. "Gaining the trust and respect from teammates is very special and important to me. Coming from a small rural town in Virginia, the idea that I am captain of one of the most storied swimming programs in history at one of the best schools in the nation is an incredibly humbling experience. I'm very excited to be given the opportunity to lead this team next year and look forward to working with the coaches and team as we all continue to grow and improve." 

The Abingdon, VA native held nine of his school's eleven swim records when he came to Yale as an All-American in 2009. He immediately became an impact swimmer in New Haven, particularly in the 200-yard IM, in which he took three individual wins as a freshman. Lovett's versatility was also evident early on, as the Calhoun College resident posted a top-20 finish in the 200-yard butterfly at the Ivy League Championships, while also consistently scoring points in the 200-yard backstroke throughout the season. 

As a sophomore, Lovett's consistent strength continued, particularly in the IM. He finished top-20 in the 400-yard IM at the Ivy League Championships and in the top ten at both the Terrier Invitational and against Harvard and Princeton. That top-25 finish was one of three for Lovett at that year's conference meet, as he also turned in strong swims in the 200-yard IM and 200-yard backstroke. 

This season, Lovett continued to be a presence in the IM and backstroke events, posting top-three finishes in the IM against UMass and Cornell, while finishing in the top twenty in both the 200- and 400-yard races at the Ivy League meet. Lovett also impressed in the 200-yard butterfly at the conference meet, grabbing a stellar 12th-place finish.

Lovett takes the reins of a Bulldog team loaded with young talent and hoping to solidify its spot in the upper echelon of the Ancient Eight. The history major and resident of Calhoun College believes the Elis are poised to do just that in 2012-13 after a massive turnaround in 2011-12.

"The team had an incredible year, especially during the dual meet season. The turn that this team has taken in just a year under the tutelage of Coach Wise, who just finished his second year as head coach, has been astounding and really exciting to be a part of," Lovett said. "Watching our current group of guys break 8 Yale records at Ivies was amazing. However, this past season is exactly that: in the past…While we all swam incredibly well at Ivies, our team goal was to place in the top 3 (we got 4th). We know we have the talent, confidence, and right mentality to reach this goal, and will continue to work hard and do everything in our power to achieve this."

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity