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Harvard Hosts Brown, Boston University in Final Home Meets

Pictured: Co-captain Tommy Gray is one of six seniors on the Crimson.
Photo Courtesy: DSPics.com

The Particulars:
Harvard plays host to Brown, Jan. 22, and Boston University, Jan. 23, at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson’s six seniors will be honored this weekend as they compete in their final home meets.

Last Time Out:
The Crimson captured victories in 10 events en route to a 183-117 victory at Ivy League rival Penn. Alex Meyer, Robert Newell and Nicholas Tan each claimed two individual wins in the meet. Meyer grabbed the wall first in the  500 and 1,000 freestyle. Newell recorded the fastest times in the 100 and 200 backstroke  while Tan cruised to victory in the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Scouting the Crimson:
Harvard comes into the weekend boasting a 4-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark against Ancient Eight opponents. The Crimson collected its fourth straight victory, as it downed Penn 183-117, Jan. 5. Prior to the dual meet with Penn, Harvard earned a fourth place finish at the Georgia Invitational. The Crimson currently sits atop the Ivy League standings with its unblemished record.

Scouting the Bears:
Brown enters the weekend sporting a 2-5 overall record and is 1-2 in the Ivy League. The Bears traveled to North Miami, Fla., Jan. 5, to compete in a dual meet with conference foe Penn, but were edged by the Quakers, 143-137. Brown fell to Boston University, Jan. 16, 175-123.

Scouting the Terriers:
Boston University owns a 6-2 overall record and is 2-2 in non-conference meets. The Terriers enter the weekend riding a four meet winning streak,  having defeated Stony Brook, Dartmouth and Brown. Similar to the Crimson, Boston University fell to Texas A&M. The Terriers other loss came at the hands of the Minutemen from Massachusetts.

Schedule of Events:
Jan. 22 vs. Brown
200 Medley Relay
1,000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
50 Freestyle
400 Individual Medley
1-Meter Diving
100 Butterfly
100 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
500 Freestyle
3-Meter Diving
100 Breaststroke
200 Freestyle Relay

Jan. 23 vs. Boston University
200 Medley Relay
1,000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
50 Freestyle
1-Meter Diving
100 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
200 Breaststroke
500 Freestyle
100 Butterfly
3-Meter Diving
400 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay

Senior Day:
This weekend’s meets mark the final time that Harvard’s six seniors will compete at Blodgett Pool. Seniors Mason Brunnick, Tommy Gray, Robert Lynch, Rick McKellar, Simone Melillo and Alex Meyer will depart the program with at least one Ivy League title, the 2007-08 crown.

28 and Counting for 2010:
The same seniors have also contributed to 28 dual meet wins for the Crimson, including a 9-0 undefeated season in 2007-08.

Swimmers Serve Society:
The Crimson swimmers recently volunteered at the Cambridge YMCA, working for two hours with children ages 5-10, where they spoke to the children in the after-school program about the value of team work, how swimming keeps them healthy and the benefits of working hard in school. Meyer and juniors Eric Taylor and Jamie Mannion gave the main presention and all swimmers worked one-on-one with a child afterwards.  The Crimson gave swim lessons and played games with the children.

Up Next for the Crimson:
Harvard travels to Princeton, N.J., Jan. 29-30, to take on Ivy League foes Princeton and Yale in the annual HYP meet.