Men’s Swimming and Diving Preps to Host Columbia Friday

Koya Osada and the Crimson host Columbia Friday afternoon (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a sweep of Dartmouth and Cornell last Friday, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team (2-0) will host Columbia in its first meet at Blodgett Pool Friday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. The meet can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard kicked off the 2016-17 season with a tri-meet in Hanover, New Hampshire against Dartmouth and Cornell, defeating both by identical 198-96 scores. The Crimson won 13 events and set six pool records at Karl Michael Pool on its way victory.

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Immediate Impact
As a part of Harvard's triumphs at Dartmouth, a number of freshmen made an immediate impact on the success of the team. Dean Farris set individual pool records in the 100 free and 100 butterfly, while also serving as the second leg of the 400 free relay squad. Fellow rookie Daniel Chang also set two individual pool records, winning the 200 breast and the 200 IM. Zach Snyder took home the victory in 200 free and Austin Fields claimed second in the one-meter dive.

Starting on the Right Foot
With its wins over Dartmouth and Cornell, Harvard has now won its first meet of the year for seven consecutive seasons.

Scouting Columbia
The Lions sport a 2-1 record with wins to begin the year over Army and Penn at a tri-meet Nov. 4. Columbia narrowly edged the Quakers, 152-148, to win its first conference dual. During the event, Columbia swimmers and divers finished first in eight events. The next weekend, Yale topped the Lions by a score of 152-148.

Harvard boasts a 66-5 all-time record against Columbia in a series that dates back to 1933. The Crimson has won the last 10 meetings, swimming away with a 220-79 victory last season.

Up Next
Harvard will close out the first semester with the swimmers and divers splitting for a pair of invitationals at the end of the month. The swimmers will journey to Austin to compete in the Texas Invitational Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, while the divers head to Athens for the Georgia Diving Invitational the same dates. Both meets feature top talent from across the country, helping prepare the Crimson for championship season late in the year.

ORDER OF EVENTS (subject to change)
Friday, November 18, 2015 - 3 p.m.
1. 200 medley relay
2. 1000 free
3. 200 free
4. 100 back
5. 100 breast
6. 200 fly
7. 50 free
8. 100 free
9. 200 back
10. 200 breast
11. 500 free
12. 100 fly
13. 200 individual medley
14. 200 free relay 

--1 & 3 Meter dives
running concurrently