Men's Swimming Resumes at Arizona State on Saturday

Men's Swimming Resumes at Arizona State on Saturday

The Crimson returns to the pool in 2018 at Arizona State.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning from its training trip, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team begins 2018 at Arizona State at 1 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on the PAC12 Network. 

Last Time Out
Junior Brennan Novak broke the Harvard School record in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall with at time of 4:16.51 at the Texas Invitational on Dec. 3. Novak's time was four tenths of a second better than the previous mark set by John Cole '05 in 2002. In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Dean Farris finished second with a time of 1:33.95, while junior Logan Houck was the top Harvard finisher in the 1,650-yard freestyle, claiming sixth with a time of 14:57.86.

Scouting No. 10 Arizona State
The Sun Devils begin the new year at No. 10 in the latest CSCAA coaches rankings, and is coming off the Texas Invitational on Dec. 3. While in Austin, Texas, junior Christian Lopez posted one of the top marks in the nation in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 1:53.54. Danny Comforti finished fourth with a time of 1:54.36, while Zach Poti earned a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, 1:40.71.

Why Harvard? – Koya Osada

Record Breaking
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 The Crimson scored 876.31 points, 42.24 more than second-place, Penn. 

All-Ivy Returners
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. 

Full CSCAA Scholar All-America Announcement

Harvard announced the addition of nine freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 consists of: Levente BathoryAlec DeCaprioMiles McAllisterMahlon ReihmanCorban Rawls, Charles Vaughn, Hal WattsEric Whisenant, and Michael Zarian

Full Class of 2021 Announcement

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.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next
Harvard returns to the pool on Jan. 13 with duals against Ivy League foes Brown and Penn in Providence, R.I. at noon.