Harvard graduate Alex Meyer ’10 became the first U.S. swimmer to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics when he placed fourth in the FINA Open Water World Championship 10-kilometer race on July 20, 2011 in Shanghai, China. With that early entry, the Ivies were off and running in terms of sending athletes to the London Games, a number that would ultimately reach 48.
Meyer captured the U.S. national title in the 10k in June of 2011 with a time of 2:05:36.90. Then in Shanghai, he posted a time of 1:54:33.10, just 8.4 seconds off of Spyros Gianniotis’ (Greece) winning time.
Meyer has subsequently been featured in several recent articles in the lead up to the London Games:
On May 13, John Powers of The Boston Globe/Boston.com wrote an in-depth piece on Meyer as he prepared for London:
Alex Meyer focusing on the open water of Olympics
On July 18, Liz Clarke of the Washington Post wrote about Meyer and the grueling nature of marathon swimming:
U.S. marathon swimmer Alex Meyer relished competing in the grueling event
On July 22, ESPN.com’s Bonnie D. Ford wrote about Meyer’s friendship with the late Fran Crippen:
Alex Meyer swimming with a purpose
On July 23, SI.com’s Sarah Kwak wrote a piece to accompany a video feature titled “The longest swim at London 2012” (which first aired on NBCSN at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24):
With Games approaching, Crippen is never far from Meyer’s thoughts
On July 24, Grantland’s Louisa Thomas wrote an extensive story: