Men's Swimming and Diving Opens Season Against Dartmouth, Cornell

Co-captain Justin Davidson will lead the Crimson along with fellow senior Douwe Yntema in 2010-11 (David Silverman).

The Particulars
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team opens up its 2010-11 season as it travels to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth and Cornell in a tri-meet. Harvard opens up on the road for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Last Year's Meet
At the Cornell-Dartmouth meet last season in Ithaca, N.Y., Harvard bested Cornell, 177-123, and won by its biggest differential of the season with a 237-63 win over Dartmouth. The Crimson posted nine event victories on the day, starting with a win in the opening event where Robert Newell, Niall Janney, Nicholas DuCille and Owen Wurzbacher claimed the 200-yard medley relay. Harvard swept the top four spots in the 1,000 freestyle race, led by Mason Brunnick '10, and took the top three spots in the 200 backstroke with Newell leading the charge. Diver Zac Ranta had a strong day for the Crimson, claiming the three-meter board title and placing second on the one-meter board.

Harvard Against the Ivy League
The Crimson has proven to be the class of the Ivy League in recent years, finishing in the top two in the league standings every season since 1993. Last year, Harvard compiled a 6-1 record in league action and finished second at the 2010 Ivy League Championships. The Crimson hasn't lost to more than one league opponent in a given year since the 2006-07 season.

Crimson Captains
Seniors Justin Davidson and Douwe Yntema will lead the Crimson in 2010-11. Davidson turned in a pair of top-five finishes at last year's Ivy championships in the 100 and 200 breaststroke races while Yntema placed third in the 400 individual medley with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:54.07.

The Opposition
Both Cornell and Dartmouth will also be swimming their first meets of the 2010-11 season this Saturday. The Big Red finished third in league standings last year with a 5-2 conference record while the Big Green was winless in Ivy action but picked up three wins in non-conference contests. Cornell senior Dean Holcomb returns as the reigning league champion in the 400 IM while junior Michael Cai captured the 200 breaststroke title at last year's event.

On the Horizon
Up next for the Crimson is one of just two home meets on the season as Harvard welcomes Columbia to Blodgett Pool for a dual meet Friday, Nov. 19. The event is set to begin at 5 p.m.