CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team begins its final homestand of the 2018-19 season on Saturday at noon when it welcomes Brown and Penn to Blodgett Pool. The Ivy League double-dual is scheduled for a noon start.
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- Harvard will be back at home on Saturday for the first time since Nov. 16, when it defeated Columbia, 209-86. The Crimson caps a busy week after it competed at No. 12 Georgia on Monday.
- Raphael Marcoux won the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 20.05 and then followed it with a triumphant effort in the 100 free (44.82) against the Bulldogs. The junior also swam the opening leg of the winning 400 free relay team. Harvard, however, was on the short end of a 170.5-129.5 score once the waters calmed.
- Hal Watts had a strong showing on both the 1- and 3-meter boards, finishing in second place in each event and posting NCAA Standards in the process. The sophomore had a season-best score of 301.50 on the 1-meter springboard before posting a 334.95 at three meters.
- The Crimson is an impressive 84-2 all-time against Brown (1-0; 0-0 Ivy League) and will put its 24-meet series winning streak on the line. Harvard's two blemishes occurred in 1939 and 1992.
- Harvard owns 73 victories in 75 all-time matchups with Penn (6-1; 4-1 Ivy League) and has won 45 straight in the series. The Crimson's two losses happened in 1947 and 1971, both of which came on the road.
At The Helm
Kevin Tyrrell is in his sixth season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving. Tyrell helped the Crimson to a win over Columbia in its last Ivy League clash, which ran his all-time coaching record to 35-1 vs. Ivy competition. Harvard, meanwhile, is 47-4 in dual meets under his direction.
Harvard closes its regular-season schedule on Feb. 2, when it plays host to Yale and Princeton.