Men's Swimming and Diving Seeks to Reclaim Ivy League Championship
Harvard is aiming to reclaim the Ivy League Championship for the first time since 2008 (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will be in search of its 23rd team title when it takes to the pool this weekend at the 2012 Ivy League Championships. This year's meet is being held at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool and will take place Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3. Prelims will be held each morning beginning at 11 a.m. with the championship finals beginning at 6 p.m.
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What's At Stake
Harvard is looking to reclaim the Ivy League Championship for the first time since 2008 and end Princeton's three-year run as the champ. The Crimson has won 22 Ivy titles overall, including six under Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving. Harvard boasts a total of 20 EISL/Ivy League Championship Meet titles and has finished either first or second at the event year since 1991.
Harvard and Princeton have combined to win the Ivy League/EISL Championship Meet for 39 consecutive years dating back to 1973. The Crimson has won 20 titles in that time while the Tigers have won 19.
There was no team scoring in the championship meet from its inception in 1938 until 1962. Until the mid-1990s, the Championship included up to 28 Eastern seaboard schools. Until the meet became a smaller, more focused event, the Ivy League Championship was not determined here, but by a round-robin record instead. The Ivy League Championship was determined at this meet binging in 1997. In 2009, the meet switched to include just the eight Ivy League schools.
Leaders of the Pack
Freshman Chuck Katis currently owns two NCAA top 50 times. Katis ranks 44th in the nation and first in the Ivy League in the 200 IM with an NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:47.06 while his 'B' standard time of 54.29 in the 100 breast ranks 47th.
The Crimson boasts four relays which rank in the top 50 as well, led by the 400 free team of Griffin Schumacher, Oliver Lee, Zach Walters and Chris Satterthwaite which ranks 31st with a time of 2:57.04. The 200 free relay team of Lee, Schumacher, Will Brophy and Satterthwaite is 40th with a time of 1:20.50, while Jack Pretto, Katis, Kyle McIntee and Satterthwaite combined for a time of 3:17.02 in the 400 medley relay, which ranks them 48th. The 200 medley relay team of Pretto, Katis, Lee and Schumacher own the 50th-best time in the NCAA at 1:29.15. All four relays have met the NCAA 'B' standard in their respective events.
Seven current Crimson have combined for a total of 13 all-conference honors at previous Ivy League Championship meets. Junior Michael Stanton leads the team as a three-time first team selection, having won both the one meter and three-meter diving competitions in 2010, and capturing the one-meter crown last year.
Wes Stearns picked up a pair of second team honors in 2011 for his runner-up performances in the 500 free and 1,650 free.
Oliver Lee was named to the second team a year ago for his second-place performance in the 50 free. He also earned a second team nod as a member of the 400 free relay team, along with current Crimson Danny Crigler and Chris Satterthwaite. Crigler, Spenser Goodman, Greg Roop and Satterthwaite, meanwhile, placed second in the 800 free relay to earn second team All-Ivy.
Harvard was ranked second in the most recent CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings, rising two spots from its previous ranking of No. 4. The Crimson closed out the dual meet portion of its schedule with a 6-3 overall record and 6-1 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the conference's dual meet standings.
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Freshmen Chuck Katis and Mike Mosca have combined to set three new school records this season. Katis set new marks in both the 100 and 200 breast at the HYP meet, turning in times of 54.29 and 1:58.89, respectively. The previous 100 breast record of 54.49 was set by Rassan Grant '04 in 2004, while the 200 breast record of 1:58.97 was set in 2008 by Geoff Rathgeber '08.
Mosca now owns both the one meter and three-meter diving marks after breaking the records set by Dan Rybalko '06 in 2006. Mosca turned in a total of 363.80 points against Cornell and Dartmouth for the one meter record, and posted a score of 294.80 on the three meter at the HYP meet.