Harvard Prepares for Crucial Test at Georgia Invitational

Pictured: Sophomore Niall Janney won the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM against Columbia.
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The Particulars:
The Crimson travels to Athens, Ga., to compete at the Georgia Invitational. Other teams competing include No. 4 Florida, No. 9 Georgia and Denver. The preliminaries are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m. while the finals are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, at 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Last Time Out:
Harvard hosted the Harvard Invitational at Blodgett Pool Nov. 22. Freshman Michael Stanton finished third in the three-meter diving competition. The rookie scored a total of 607.45 points en route to a third-place finish.

About Harvard:
The Crimson, which stands just outside the CSCAA national poll with 54 votes, is 3-1 overall on the season with wins over conference foes Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia. Harvard’s only loss came in the season opener to Texas A&M. In the Crimson’s last dual meet, Harvard topped Columbia 167-133 to stay perfect in Ivy League action, improving to 3-0 on the season. The Crimson earned nine victories in individual events in the meet against the Lions. Owen Wurzbacher and Niall Janney each turned in multiple win performances. Wurzbacher took first in the 100 breaststroke and grabbed the wall in 2:08.17 in the 200 breast to earn his second victory of the day. In the 200 IM, Janney and Wurzbacher swept the top two spots with Janney taking first. Janney also led a 1-2-3 Harvard finish in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:52.60.

Scouting the Field:
The other schools competing at the Georgia Invitational are Denver, No. 4 Florida and No. 9 Georgia, the host institution. Denver is receiving votes in the CSCAA national poll and has an overall record of 2-1. The Pioneers have defeated Utah and Pacific and fell to UC Davis to start the season.

Florida enters the weekend ranked No. 4 in the CSCAA national poll. The Gators also received three first-place votes in the poll. Florida is 4-0 on the season with wins over Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State. The Gators also earned a second-place finish at the Georgia Tech Invitational and a fourth-place finish at the South Carolina Invitational.

Georgia, the host team, is ranked No. 9 in the CSCAA national poll. The Bulldogs have an overall record of 1-3 with their losses coming against No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Auburn and No. 13 North Carolina. Georgia’s only win on the season was a 147-80 victory over Emory.

Looking Ahead:
Harvard will take a month-long break from competition and will resume action Jan. 8-10 as the divers compete at the Princeton Diving Invitational. The dual meets resume Jan. 9 as the Crimson travels to Penn.