CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming faces one of its toughest challenges of the season at the four-day Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas on Nov. 29. The meet will commence at 7 p.m. with the 800-freestyle relay.
Divers will also be in action this week, on Friday, Dec. 1 at the three-day, Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.
Last Time Out
The Crimson took nine of 16 events at Columbia, including breaking five pool records at Percy Uris Natatorium in New York on Nov. 17. Junior Logan Houck broke the pool record 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 9:02.30, 19 seconds ahead of teammate Zach Snyder. Fellow junior Brennan Novak took down another Uris record in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:37.47, while sophomore Dean Farris became the owner of two Uris pool records. In the 100-yard backstroke, Farris finished on top with a time of 47.41, while came one second shy of eclipsing the Harvard record in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 43.44. Harvard's 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Farris, Ed Kim, Steven Tan, and Paul O'Hara set Uris' pool record with a time of 1:19.49.
Scouting The Field
The 2017 Texas Invitational features four nationally ranked swimming programs, including the 13-time NCAA champion and defending champions, host institution, No. 9 Texas. The Longhorns, who are coming off a 162-137 win over North Carolina on Nov. 11, have faced three nationally ranked programs this season. Amongst the ranked teams competing are, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Southern California, and No. 11 Arizona State. Arizona, who also received votes in the CSCAA coaches poll, also will be competing in the invitational.
At the three-day, Georgia Invitational, beginning on Dec. 1, divers will compete against Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, and UCLA.
Freshman Dean Farris broke the Harvard school record in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championship, touching the wall with a time of 1:39.99. He went on to finish 14th overall to earn honorable mention All-America. Farris became the first Harvard swimmer to earn All-America in two individual events since Geoff Rathgeber '08 earned first team honors in the 200 and 200 IM in 2008.
Best In The Nation
After capturing its 24th Ivy League crown, Harvard earned the distinction of being the best mid-major team in the nation 2016-2017, according to CollegeSwimming.com. The Crimson scored 876.31 points, 42.24 more than second-place, Penn.
Harvard returns eight swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last winter. Dean Farris was the most dominant swimmer, capturing seven All-Ivy first team selections, and the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet. All four members of the first place 800-yard freestyle relay team return for the 2017-2018 season.
Success In The Classroom
For the second consecutive year, the Crimson led the nation with a team GPA of 3.57 GPA, according to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Additionally, 15 members of the men's swimming and diving program earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors.
Harvard announced the addition of nine freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 consists of: Levente Bathory, Alec DeCaprio, Miles McAllister, Mahlon Reihman, Corban Rawls, Charles Vaughn, Hal Watts, Eric Whisenant, and Michael Zarian.
At The Helm
Kevin Tyrrell is in his fifth season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving after serving as assistant coach since 2009. In 2016-2017, Tyrrell was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, leading the Crimson to a 10-0 dual meet record and its second Ivy League title in his tenure.
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Harvard returns to the pool after the new year at Arizona State on Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m.