Harvard Meets Penn This Weekend; Divers Also Compete at Princeton Diving Invitational

Pictured: FreshmanBrendan McIntee and the Crimson will meet Penn in an Ivy League dual meet Jan. 9.
Photo courtesy of David Silverman Photography.

The Particulars:
Harvard will visit Ivy League rival Penn for a dual meet Jan. 9 and will also send its diving contingency to compete at the Princeton Diving Invitational Jan. 9-10.

Schedule of Events:
The order of events for the dual meet against Penn is as follows:
400 Medley Relay
1000 Freestyle
200 Free
100 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
50 Free
1 meter diving
100 Free
200 Back
200 Breast
500 Free
100 Butterfly
3 meter Diving
400 Individual Medley
400 Free Relay

Last Time Out:
The Crimson placed fourth at the Georgia Invitational, Dec. 4-6. Freshman Owen Wurzbacher won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.91 and placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke. In the final race of the meet, Harvard claimed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay. Sophomores Niall Janney, Matthew McLean, freshman Brendan McIntee and senior Rick McKellar teamed up to post a collective time of 3:06.88.

About Harvard:
The Crimson returns to action and begins 2010 with a 3-1 overall record and a 3-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson enters the weekend with wins over Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth. Harvard’s lone loss came in the season opener to Texas A&M. The Crimson concluded 2009 with a fourth place finish at the Georgia Invitational. On the boards, freshman Michael Stanton finished fifth in platform diving, as he had a final score of 250.65. Senior co-captain Alex Meyer recorded an NCAA “B” cut in the 1,650 freestyle, as he grabbed the wall for fourth place in 15:31.23. 

About Penn:
The Quakers come into the dual meet with a 2-2 overall and Ivy League record. Penn downed Columbia to begin the season but dropped decisions to Cornell and Princeton. The Quakers also placed second at the Kenyon Invitational held in Kenyon, Ohio Dec. 3-5. Most recently, Penn downed Brown to earn its second victory of the season. Senior James Fee and sophomore Brendan McHugh lead Penn with five first-place finishes this season. Senior Kyle Loughran, sophomores Peter Amos and Jeff Cragg each have three top spot finishes to their credit this year.

Divers Deployed:
The Crimson will send its diving corps to compete at the Princeton Diving Invitational, Jan. 9-10. Harvard’s roster consists of four divers: Stanton, sophomore Taylor Nickel, juniors Zac Ranta and Henry Winslow

Among the Nation’s Elite:
In the most recent CSCAA national poll, Harvard received 17 votes.

Up Next:
Harvard hosts Brown, Jan. 22, and Boston University, Jan. 23, at Blodgett Pool after a two-week break.