Men's Swimming and Diving Battles Penn on Saturday

Men's Swimming and Diving Battles Penn on Saturday

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team returns to Ivy League action Saturday afternoon against Penn in Providence, R.I. 

Last Time Out
Winning nine of 16 events, the Crimson began 2018 with a win over No. 10 Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 6. Senior Steven Tan was one of two Harvard swimmers to win two events, finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Setting the tone early, the Crimson 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Tan, Dean Farris, Sebastian Lutz, and Paul O'Hara finished first with a time of 1:28.64. Sophomore Daniel Chang clipped a second off his best time of the season in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:58.67.

Scouting Penn
The Quakers split a tri-meet against Dartmouth and Yale on Saturday, Jan. 6 in Hanover, N.H. Junior Mark Andrew broke the Karl Michael Pool record in the 400-individual medley, finishing with a time of 3:55.84 – 2.35 seconds ahead of the previous record set in 1981. Fellow junior Mark Blinstrub also took home a win, finishing first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:49.44. 

Why Harvard? – Koya Osada

Record Breaking
As a freshman in 2016-17, Dean Farris broke the Harvard school record in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championship, touching the wall with a time of 1:39.99. He went on to finish 14th overall to earn honorable mention All-America. Farris became the first Harvard swimmer to earn All-America in two individual events since Geoff Rathgeber '08 earned first team honors in the 200 and 200 IM in 2008.    

At the 2017 Texas Invitational, Brennan Novak broke the Harvard school record in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 4:16.51, four tenths better than the previous mark set by John Cole '05 in 2002.

Best In The Nation
After capturing its 24th Ivy League crown, Harvard earned the distinction of being the best mid-major team in the nation 2016-2017, according to The Crimson scored 876.31 points, 42.24 more than second-place, Penn. 

All-Ivy Returners
Harvard returns eight swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last winter. Dean Farris was the most dominant swimmer, capturing seven All-Ivy first team selections, and the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet. Three of the four members of the first place 800-yard freestyle relay team return for the 2017-2018 season. 

Success In The Classroom
For the second consecutive year, the Crimson led the nation with a team GPA of 3.57 GPA, according to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Additionally, 15 members of the men's swimming and diving program earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors. 

Full CSCAA Scholar All-America Announcement

Harvard announced the addition of nine freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 consists of: Levente BathoryAlec DeCaprioMiles McAllisterMahlon ReihmanCorban Rawls, Charles Vaughn, Hal WattsEric Whisenant, and Michael Zarian

Full Class of 2021 Announcement

At The Helm
Kevin Tyrrell is in his fifth season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving after serving as assistant coach since 2009. In 2016-2017, Tyrrell was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, leading the Crimson to a 10-0 dual meet record and its second Ivy League title in his tenure.  

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

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What's Next
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool on Saturday, Jan. 20 with a tri-meet against Rider and Bryant at 1 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.