CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will begin the 2019-20 season with a stiff test against No. 7 Texas A&M and Duke on Saturday morning at Blodgett Pool. Diving is set for a 9:15 a.m. start, with the swimming portion to commence at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
What to Know
- Harvard enters the season as the three-time defending Ivy League champions. The 2018-19 conference title was the Crimson's fourth in the last six seasons.
- The Crimson has thrived on the first day of the season, posting a 17-0 record in the last nine years. Sixteen of the victories were double-dual sweeps of Dartmouth and Cornell. The outlying win was against Bryant in 2015-16.
- Harvard is 1-0 against Duke, defeating the Blue Devils on the road, 199-95, in 2015.
- The Crimson is 0-1 all-time vs. Texas A&M, coming up short against the Aggies, 131.5-102.5, on the road in 2009.
- In addition to Texas A&M holding a top-10 national ranking, Duke is well-regarded in the swimming community, having earned 10 points, which is tied for No. 29 (Pittsburgh), in the most recent TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Poll. Harvard, which finished eighth last season at the NCAA Championships, received two points in the preseason poll (T-No. 31), but does not appear in the latest rankings.
- Texas A&M is 1-1 on the season having downed No. 5 Ohio State and falling to No. 2 Texas, both in College Station. The Aggies will compete against Boston University on Thursday. Duke, meanwhile, dropped decisions at Florida State and to Georgia, and will face UConn, Dartmouth and Boston College on Friday in Chestnut Hill.
- The Crimson is set to compete three times this season at Blodgett Pool. In addition to Saturday's double-dual, Harvard will play host to Brown on Jan. 15 and to the Ivy League Championships from Feb. 26-29.
At The Helm
Kevin Tyrrell is in his seventh season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving, James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence. Tyrell helped the Crimson to an unblemished Ivy campaign in 2018-19, which ran his all-time coaching record to 39-1 vs. Ivy competition, and to a third straight Ivy League championship. Harvard, meanwhile, is 51-4 in dual meets under his direction.
Harvard returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it competes in Hanover, New Hampshire, against Dartmouth and Cornell. The action is set to begin at noon.