CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will return from its winter break Saturday as it hosts Brown in the Crimson's only home dual this season. Harvard has beaten Brown 19 straight times and owns an 80-2 all-time record against the Bears.
The Crimson, which dives into competition after returning from its annual winter training trip in Puerto Rico, finished the fall portion of the season holding a No. 24 ranking from the College Swimming Coaches Association and the No. 21 spot according to CollegeSwimming.com. The latter tabbed the Crimson as the No. 2 team in the Mid-Major Mid-Season rankings after its performance at the Texas Invite.
Because Saturday is Harvard's only dual meet in Blodgett Pool this season, the Crimson will pay respect to its eight seniors: Will Brophy, Danny Crigler, Travis Downs, Oliver Lee, Jack Pretto, Chris Satterthwaite, Jason Ting and Joe Zarrela. The eight swimmers and divers have helped Harvard to a current 27-3 dual meet mark with three consecutive second-place finishes at the Ivy League Championships.
A Quick Look at the Crimson
This season, Harvard owns a perfect 3-0 record, with all three wins coming against Ancient Eight opponents. The Crimson swept the Dartmouth/Cornell tri meet on Nov. 15 before edging out Columbia on Nov. 22. Harvard then went on to the Texas Invitational, where it saw some of the top competition in the country. The Crimson grabbed 15 NCAA provisional 'B' cut times over the three-day event.
Three Crimson swimmers have swept events in meets this season; co-captain Chris Satterthwaite took both the 100- and 200-freestyle races in the Dartmouth/Cornell tri-meet, setting a pool record in the former with his 1:39.27. Freshman Jack Manchester grabbed first place in both the 100- and 200-backstroke event against Columbia, swimming a 50.41 and 1:47.93, respectively. Fellow classmate Eric Ronda took first in both the 100- and 200-breaststroke versus Dartmouth and Cornell, clocking in at 57.31 and 2:02.62, respectively.
Junior diver Mike Mosca, who has swept both boards every time out this year, recently represented Harvard in the USA Diving Winter National Championships. The Tenafly, N.J., native secured three top-15 finishes, including a ninth-place finish in the 3-meter synchronized event.
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A Quick Look at Brown
The Bears enter the weekend 3-0 with a third-place finish in the Princeton Invite before the winter break. The Bears started out strong with a 201-93 throttling of UMass before trumping Maine, 226-55 the next time out. Last week Brown reached its third win of the season with a 121-67 handling of Providence College at home.