Eric Ronda is serving as co-captain for the Crimson this season (Gil Talbot)/
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team begins its 2016-17 season Friday, Nov. 11, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire to take on Ivy League foes Dartmouth and Cornell. The diving portion of the meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with the swimming events slated for a 4 p.m. start.
After opening the weekend in New Hampshire, the Crimson will return home to host Columbia Nov. 18 in its first of three events at Blodgett Pool. Harvard will also host Boston College Jan. 21 and then serve as the host institution for the 2017 Ivy League Championship Meet Feb. 22-25. Harvard also has trip to Texas, Georgia, Utah, BYU and Denver that highlight the out-of-conference portion of the schedule.
The Crimson finished last season with a 9-1 dual record and went on to take second at the Ivy League Championship meet for the second-straight year. Seven individuals and three relay teams garnered All-Ivy accolades for their performance at the championship meet. Harvard's 200 free relay team, which earned first team All-Ivy honors, went on to garner honorable mention All-America at the NCAA Championship meet with their 16th-place finish.
Of the seven individuals that were first or second team All-Ivy last year, six of them will retrun to the Crimson this season. They are Paul O'Hara (Sr., 50 free), Max Yakubovich (Sr., 100 fly), Aly Abdel Khalik (Sr., 200 free), Jack Manchester (Sr., 200 back), Shane McNamara (Jr., 200 back) and David Pfeifer (Jr., one-meter). Each member of Harvard three All-Ivy relay squads is also back for another year.
Harvard men's swimming and diving posted the highest GPA in all of Division I last season at 3.59. The squad was recognized as tops in the nation in academics by the CSCAA. In addition, 13 individuals earned Scholar All-America recognition.
The Big Green will host Friday's tri-meet at the Karl Michael Pool. It will be the first meet of the season for a Dartmouth team that is coming off a 0-6 record last year and eighth-place finish at the 2016 Ivy Championship Meet.
Harvard holds a 73-11 all-time record against the Big Green and has won 44-straight meets, including last year's 208-87 victory.
Friday's meet will also be the season opener for the Big Red, who competed at Buffalo in a preseason meet Oct. 22. Cornell finished last season with a 4-5 dual meet record and placed fifth at the Ivy Championships.
Harvard boasts a 53-2 all-time record against Cornell. With last season's 188.5-106.5 triumph, the Crimson has won nine-straight against the Big Red.