Mosca's success on the boards has helped the Crimson maintain its winning ways. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team is ready for a trip to New York as the Crimson will visit Columbia for an Ivy League dual on Friday at 6 p.m. The Crimson is 63-5 all-time versus the Lions and is looking for its eighth win in a row over its Ivy League counterpart.
The Crimson is coming off a resounding season-opening tri-meet in Hanover, N.H. Harvard handled Dartmouth, 211.5-88.5, and Cornell, 229-71, with ease, setting three pool records in the process. Senior Chris Satterthwaite, diver Mike Mosca and freshmen Jack Manchester and Eric Ronda all took home two wins on the afternoon. In total, the Crimson grabbed 13 wins in the 16-event meet to route its Ivy League competition.
Now 2-0 (2-0 Ivy), Harvard looks to keep on pace with the successful season a year ago. The Crimson set seven school records in 2012-13 and made appearances in the top-10 fastest times in 17 total events over the course of the season.
Senior co-captains Chris Satterthwaite and Oliver Lee are charged with leading the Crimson this season, and have continued to prove their mettle through the first weekend. Both Satterthwaite and Lee were a part of the three pool records set last week in Karl Michael Pool in the dominating tri-meet. On the boards, Mike Mosca continues to shine for the Crimson, as he has qualified already for the NCAA Zone Qualifier at Virginia Tech in March, along with Joe Zarrella.
The Lions will host its third of three consecutive home meets when they host the Crimson on Friday. Columbia (2-1, 1-1 Ivy) dropped its season-opening meet at Penn, 185-113, before edging out Yale, 153-147, and drowning Army, 182.5-115.5 in back-to-back days in Uris Pool. Columbia features a cast of talented swimmers and divers, led by junior David Jakl. Jakl has eight total wins this season, four of which came from individual events.
Harvard and Columbia will be meeting for the 69th time in the series' history on Friday. The Crimson holds a commanding 63-5 advantage and has won seven duals in a row against the Lions, including the 192-108 victory a year ago.