Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
Year: Senior
Hometown: Mason City, IA
High School: Mason City High School
Position: Event=>Breaststroke/Freestyle
Tom competes in the breaststroke and sprint freestyle and hails from Mason City, Iowa. Tom was a four-year letter winner for Mason City High School, and earned All-America distinction in three events over the course of his high school career. He holds seven of the 11 swimming records at his high school. Tom's most memorable pre-Yale experience was anchoring his team's 200 Medley Relay to a state championship his junior year. Tom was also an Academic All-American his junior and senior years. Since coming to Yale, Tom has qualified for the EISL Conference Team all three years, and has won the Davies Award twice, a distinction given to Yale's top breaststroker. One of Tom's favorite swimming experiences at Yale was helping the team come from behind in the final event to defeat Duke at the 2004 George Mason Invitational. In addition to his involvement in swimming, Tom is an archaeology major, and has been on excavation digs in Connecticut, Cyprus, and Belize. As a result, he has been called "Indiana Jones" and other variations on this name by every member of the men's and women's teams at least twice. Tom lists eating with the team in Commons, playing guitar, digging, avidly supporting the men's soccer team, and generally "raising hell" as his favorite pastimes (other than swimming, of course). Tom decided on Yale because of the "close-knit nature of the team, the experienced and excellent coaching staff, and the incomparable experience of being a Yale student."