No. 21 Men's Swimming and Diving Hosts Bryant, Rider on Saturday Afternoon

Michael Zarian won two individual events in Harvard's dual-meet victory at Bryant.
Michael Zarian won two individual events in Harvard's dual-meet victory at Bryant.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Blodgett Pool for the first time in 2018, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team hosts Bryant and Rider at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network. 

Last Time Out
The Crimson 200-yard medley relay squad of Steven Tan, Daniel Chang, Dean Farris, and Ed Kim set the tone of Harvard's decisive victory over Penn last Saturday afternoon. The quartet of swimmers finished with a time of 1:28.22, just ahead of Penn's 200-yard medley team. Junior Logan Houck continued to experience success in the longer events, posting top place finishes in the 1000-yard and 500-yard freestyles. Sophomore Bobby Ross led Crimson divers with the top scores in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, while senior David Pfeifer posted a score of 300.08 in the 3-meter dive.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard begin the new calendar year defeating No. 10 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. Houck and fellow junior Brennan Novak claimed the top two spots in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall with times of 9:03.25 and 9:10.66. Earlier this season, Novak eclipsed Harvard's school record in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 4:16.51 – four tenths better than the previous mark.

Scouting Bryant
Bryant returns to the pool for the first time since the two-day WPI Invitational in early December, where the Bulldogs finished third, behind, host, WPI and Rowan. Led by Trevor Hazlewood's score of 435.00, the Bulldogs swept the top three spots of the 3-meter dive with Zach Vogel and Kevin Sullivan right behind.

Scouting Rider
Rider began the new year with a dominating 155-50 win over Monmouth, winning 10 of 11 events on Tuesday evening. Lucas Musselman picked up a pair of first-place results for the Broncs, winning both the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.40 and 100-freestyle at 47.43, while Vincent Gibbons won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 21.40.

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. Three of the 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.

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What's Next?
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool for the two-day HYP meet against Yale and Princeton beginning on Friday, Feb. 2. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.