CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will begin its Ivy League title defense this week at the Ivy League Championships in Providence, Rhode Island. The Crimson enters the meet at Brown as the two-time defending champs.
The action begins on Wednesday at 6 p.m., with the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay being the featured events. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will all start at 11 a.m. with preliminary heats and after an afternoon break, the student-athletes will return to Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center for the finals at 6 p.m.
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What to Know
- Harvard, which went through the Ivy League campaign with an unblemished record at 7-0, will look to capture its third straight Ivy title and fourth in the last six seasons.
- The Crimson has won 25 Ivy League championships and three coming under the direction of Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving.
- Harvard returns to action for the first time since Feb. 2-3, when it played host to the H-Y-P meet at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson defeated Yale, 266-87, and Princeton by a 216-137 margin to finish the campaign with an overall dual record of 8-1.
- At H-Y-P, junior Dean Farris set the program record in the 100 backstroke (44.62) and the 100 freestyle (41.92), as did first-year Umitcan Gures in the 100 butterfly (45.73).
- Entering the Ivy League Championships, Farris' 44.62 in the 100 back is the second-fastest time in NCAA Division I and one of just four A-standard times in the country, according to USASwimming.org. His 100 free time (41.92), meanwhile, is the fourth-best in Division I, with Gures ranking 11th in the 100 fly with his effort of 45.73.
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 wins over Yale and Princeton in its last Ivy League clashes, which ran his all-time coaching record to 39-1 vs. Ivy competition. Harvard, meanwhile, is 51-4 in dual meets under his direction.
Harvard will get its divers ready for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, which are set for March 10-13, in Annapolis, Maryland.