Ivy Title On The Line For Men's Swimming and Diving

Ivy Title On The Line For Men's Swimming and Diving

Pictured: Alex Meyer captured two event titles at the 2009 Ivy Championships.
Photo Courtesy: David Silverman

The Particulars

The men’s swimming and diving team heads to Princeton, N.J., for the 2010 Ivy League Championships March 4-6. Harvard is looking to capture it 21st league title.

Last Year’s Meet
Harvard took second at the 2009 league championships, totaling 1,311.5 points, second only to Princeton’s 1,663.5. Cornell finished in third position, edging out Yale with 1095 points at the meet.

The Crimson had a strong showing in the relay events throughout the meet, winning one and placing second in two others. Jordan Diekema, Simone Melillo, Bill Jones ’09 and David Guernsey ’09 combined for a meet-record time of 1:27.61 to capture the title in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet also placed second in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:12.30. Guernsey, Jones, Douwe Yntema and Eric Lynch ’09 took second in the 800 freestyle relay, posting a time of 6:30.96.

Alex Meyer led the Crimson with his individual efforts, taking the title in both the 1,000 and 1,650 free events. Meyer posted a meet record in the 1,000, swimming a time of 8:57.28, and set a pool record with a time of 15:01.18 in the 1,650 event. Jones put forth a strong individual effort as well, taking second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 46.12.

Meet History
Harvard holds the all-time record for team wins at the Ivy Championships with 20 meet crowns. Princeton is close behind with 18 total titles, followed by Yale (nine), and Penn (one). Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth have yet to claim an Ivy title. At least a share of the league crown has gone to either Harvard or Princeton every since 1971 when Penn won the outright title. The last time another team had a share of the league championship was in 1993, when Harvard and Yale were co-Ancient Eight champions.

Scouting the Field
Princeton is once again the team to beat entering this weekend’s competition. Harvard’s lone league dual loss of the season came at the hands of the Tigers as the Crimson finished the dual season in second with a 6-1 record. Cornell, Penn and Columbia finished third, fourth and fifth in the league, respectively, and all compiled at least six wins during the 2009-10 season.

Last Time Out
A strong effort on the third day of competition fell short as a portion of the men’s swimming and diving team took second at the 2010 ECAC Championships, Feb. 28 at Trees Pool. Harvard finished with 530.5 points for the competition, trailing only Navy who finished with 673.5.

Jamie Mannion kicked off the Harvard effort on the final day with a fourth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a time of 16:15.43. Greg Pelton followed with a fourth-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.75, and Nicholas DuCille chipped in 17 points with a second-place time of 45.60 in the 100 free.

Rick McKellar (1:51.07), Ryan Cutter (1:51.25) and Ross Ford (1:51.26) finished four-five-six in the 200 butterfly to boost the Crimson point total. Harvard wrapped up the meet with a win in the 400 free relay as DuCille, Cutter, McKellar and Eric Taylor posted a time of 3:03.09 to capture the event win.

The last time the entire squad competed was at the HYP meet, Jan. 29-30. Harvard topped Yale, 242-106, but fell to the host Tigers by a score of 203-150.

On the Horizon
The NCAA Zone A Diving Championships hosted by Rutgers University will take place March 12-14. The NCAA swimming championships will be hosted by Purdue two weeks later.

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