Men’s Swimming and Diving Challenges Penn and Brown

Aly Abdel Khalik and the Crimson square off against Brown and Penn this weekend (Gil Talbot).
Aly Abdel Khalik and the Crimson square off against Brown and Penn this weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The undefeated men's swimming and diving team (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) will look to continue its winning ways in Philadelphia this Friday and Saturday, taking on Penn and Brown at Sheerr Pool.

Last Time Out
The Crimson competed a number of times in Utah to begin the New Year, with the divers first taking on Utah and Denver, before the swimmers met both squads separately, as well as facing BYU. Harvard won all three meets that were scored. Harvard's divers found success, as Bobby Ross won both boards against Denver, while David Pfeifer captured the top spot on the three-meter against Utah.

Top Ivy Times
Harvard swimmers currently hold the top times in five events among its Ivy League brethren. Freshman Dean Farris has the top times in the 100 freestyle (43.45), the 200 free (1:34.30) and the 100 backstroke (47.69), sophomore Brennan Novak has the fastest mark in the 500 free (4:19.99) and senior Jack Manchester has the top time in the 200 back (1:43.73).

Scouting Penn
The Quakers are 3-2 against Ivy League opponents this season. In its most recent meet on Jan. 7, Penn topped Dartmouth, but was defeated by Yale. Penn also has wins over Cornell and Princeton and a loss to Columbia. Three Penn swimmers have the top time in specific events this year. Alex Peterson has the fastest 1650 free at 15:05.52, James Jameson is tops in the 100 fly at 47.15, while Andrew Mark leads the 400 IM at 3:49.36. Penn has the top three times in the 400 IM.

Scouting Brown
The Bears are 2-1 versus the Ancient Eight, having topped Princeton and Dartmouth, but losing to Yale. Senior Daniel Klotz is chasing Farris for the fastest time in the 100 free this season, trailing the Harvard rookie by .55, as his time of 44.00 is the second best. Klotz also has the third quickest mark in the 100 fly at 47.53.

Up Next
The Crimson will host local foe Boston College Jan. 21 at Blodgett Pool at 3 pm. Harvard will finish the dual season against Yale Feb. 4-5 before hosting the Ivy League Championship Meet Feb. 22-25.