Harvard faces its first non-conference opponents of the season in BU and UConn (Harvard Athletic Communications).
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team steps out of conference for a pair of dual meets this weekend as it takes on Boston University and Connecticut on the road. The duals against the Terriers and Huskies represent the final competitions in the 2010 calendar year and the only non-conference duals of the season.
Harvard has faced Boston University in a dual meet eight times in team history. The Crimson earned a win in the first ever meeting between the two teams Jan. 27, 1934 and has won every dual between the two teams. Last season, the Crimson took down the Terriers at Blodgett Pool Jan. 23 by a score of 201-99, a day after besting conference foe Brown, 127-116. Niall Janney, Robert Newell, Mason Brunnick and Zac Ranta all claimed two event wins against the Terriers.
The Crimson also holds a perfect record in three career duals against Connecticut. Harvard first faced the Huskies in 1969, earning a 69-65 win, and topped them again in 1970 (66-29) and 1971 (66-38). Saturday's meet will be the Crimson's first trip to Storrs, Conn., for a dual since the 1969-70 season.
Last Time Out
In its first home meet of the 2010-11 season, the Crimson took an early lead and never relinquished it, downing Columbia, 196-102, Friday night at Blodgett Pool.
Freshman Wes Stearns got Harvard its first win of the night in the second event, taking the 1,650-yard freestyle title in 15:52.83, more than 10 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Classmates Chris Satterthwaite and Spenser Goodman followed with a one-two finish in the 200 free and junior Robert Newell earned a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.37.
Sophomore Owen Wurzbacher led a Harvard sweep in the 100 breast with a winning time of 57.93 and junior Niall Janney took the next race; the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:51.04. Harvard owned the boards in the diving competition, taking the top three spots in both the one- and three-meter competitions. Sophomore Michael Stanton led off with a win on the three-meter board while freshman Joe Zarella claimed the one-meter event.
Rookie Jack Pretto won the 200 backstroke in 1:54.91, fronting a Harvard sweep in the event, Wurzbacher spearheaded his second Crimson sweep of the day with a win in the 200 breast, and Stearns picked up his second win of the day in the 500 free event. Captain Douwe Yntema rounded out Harvard's winners with a victory in the 400 individual medley, swimming a time of 4:05.72 to lead a Harvard sweep in the event.
A Special Moment
In an event to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Harvard intercollegiate swimming and diving, Francis X. Gorman '59, donated his Olympic silver medal to Harvard the Friday before the Harvard-Yale football game. Gorman was a two-time All-American for the Crimson, and was part of a USA sweep of the three-meter diving competition at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The Crimson is back in action again after the New Year when it takes on Ivy League foe Brown in Providence, R.I. Jan. 21.