Harvard Ready to Meet Columbia

Pictured: Senior Zac Ranta won the three-meter board and took second in the one-meter board in a tri-meet at Cornell with Dartmouth, Nov. 14.
Photo courtesy of David Silverman Photography.

The Particulars:
The Harvard men’s swimming and diving team travels to New York to compete against Columbia in an Ivy League dual meet at Uris Pool Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.

About Harvard:
The Crimson enters the weekend with a 2-0 record in the Ancient Eight and a 2-1 overall mark. Harvard fell to Texas A&M Nov. 13 in the season opener, 131.5-102.5, at Blodgett Pool. The following day, the Crimson defeated Cornell and Dartmouth in a tri-meet in Ithaca, N.Y. Harvard downed the Big Red 177-123 and topped the Big Green 237-63 to begin conference action.

Harvard won nine events on the day in the Ivy League competition. Senior diver Zac Ranta won the three-meter board and placed second on the one-meter board. The Crimson swept the top four spots in the 1,000 freestyle and the top three in the 200 backstroke. Senior Mason Brunnick touched the wall first in the free and sophomore Robert Newell claimed first  place in the back. Junior Douwe Yntema won the 200 freestyle race and senior co-captain Alex Meyer posted a win in the 500 free event. The Crimson also took first place in the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relays.

About Columbia:
Columbia comes into the meet with a 1-1 record against Ivy League opponents. The Lions fell to Penn Nov. 13, 161-139, but rebounded to edge Yale the next day, 151-149.  The win over the Bulldogs marked the first time Columbia has defeated Yale since 2005.

Last Season:
Harvard handed Columbia a 200-100 loss Nov. 21, 2008 in Cambridge, Mass. With last season’s win, the Crimson improved to 3-0 in the Ivy League and overall to start the season. Harvard looks to move to 3-0 in the Ancient Eight this year as well.

Looking Ahead:
The Crimson will compete at the Georgia Invitational Dec. 4-6 in Athens, Ga. Other teams competing along with the Crimson are Denver, Florida and the Bulldogs.  Harvard's next fual meet is schedule for Saturday, Jan. 9, when the team visits Penn.