No. 16 Men's Swimming and Diving Looks to Complete Unbeaten Dual Season Saturday
The Crimson is seeking its seventh unblemished record under Tim Murphy (OAC).
The No. 16 Harvard men's swimming and diving team will look to cap off a perfect season when it hosts Penn Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. The meet, which was originally set to be held Saturday, Feb. 9, was rescheduled due to the storm expected to effect the area.
What's At Stake
The Crimson enters the weekend having already claimed at least a share of the Ivy League dual meet championship with a 7-0 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the Ancient Eight. A win Saturday versus the Quakers would allow Harvard to take the title outright and to finish the year unbeaten.
Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, has now guided the Crimson to eight dual meet crowns to go with six Ivy League/EISL Championships. He also boasts six undefeated seasons, with the last coming in 2010-11.
The Harvard women also completed the year unbeaten at 9-0. Should the men down Penn on Saturday it would mark the first time both teams finished a season unblemished since 2004-05.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team rode eight event victories on Saturday and six more on Sunday to wins over Princeton and Yale at the annual HYP meet. This marked the first dual meet win for the Crimson ever at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool and clinched at least a share of the Ivy League dual meet title for the Crimson.
The Crimson extended its dual meet win streak to nine with the pair of victories and improved to 8-0 overall on the year, 6-0 in the Ivy League. Harvard also set three school records at the meet, one DeNunzio Pool record and registered 14 NCAA 'B' standard times.
Harvard has set seven school records this season, including three at the HYP meet.
Rank and File
Harvard was ranked in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll for the first time on Feb. 6 and entered the poll at No. 16 after sweeping the HYP meet. Two of the Crimson's 2012-13 opponents are also featured in the poll with Princeton coming in at No. 22 and Notre Dame receiving votes.
Punching His Ticket
Sophomore Chuck Katis has already punched his ticket to the 2013 NCAA Championships with a pair of NCAA 'A' standard times in the 100 and 200 breast. Katis also set new school records in both events in the process, turning in a time of 52.49 in the 100 and a time of 1:54.08 in the 200. Both times rank as the fourth fastest in the NCAA this season while is 200 IM time of 1:45.86 ranks 17th.
Catch us if you can...
Harvard has been dominate in dual meets to open the 2012-13 season thanks in large part to junior Chris Satterthwaite, sophomores Mike Mosca and Chuck Katis and freshman Christian Carbone. Satterthwaite, who won the 50, 100 and 200 free at last year's Ivy League Championships, has won the 200 free three times this season while also picking up a pair of victories in the 100 free.
Mosca, the Ivy League's one-meter champion and runner-up on the three meter from a year ago, is unbeaten on the three meter and has won the one meter in seven of eight duals.
Katis boasts victories in several events, including the 100 breast, 200 breast 200 IM, 400 IM and 100 back.
Carbone, meanwhile, is unbeaten in the 200 fly to start his college career with a pair of wins in the 200 breast and 400 IM.
Harvard enters the weekend with a perfect 8-0 overall record in dual meets and has won nine straight duals dating back to last year.
Harvard owns an impressive dual-meet record of 121-11 all-time under Tim Murphy, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving. The Crimson is 47-5 since 2007-08 with a 17-3 mark at home in Blodgett Pool against a 30-2 record on the road. This includes a pair of undefeated seasons in 2007-08 and 2010-11, a 34-3 record against the Ivy League and two Ivy League Dual Meet crowns.