Regular Season Champs: Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes HYP Crown
Harvard heads into the Ivy League Championships with a perfect 7-0 record on the season (Harvard Athletic Communications).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Heading into the annual HYP meet with an unblemished league record, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team proved to be the class of the Ancient Eight, collecting wins over Princeton and Yale to finish the regular season with a perfect, 7-0, conference mark. With the pair of victories, Head coach Tim Murphy tallies the sixth perfect conference regular season in his career and first since the 2007-08 season.
Harvard edged out previously undefeated Princeton, 189-164, and handled Yale, 266-87, in the two days of competition.
Sophomore diver Michael Stanton kicked off the Crimson victories with a win in the three-meter competition, totaling 336.05 points. The 200-yard freestyle relay team took second but swam an NCAA 'B' cut with a time of 1:21.24. Chris Satterthwaite and Spenser Goodman tied for first in the 200 free, both touching the wall in 1:38.99, and Greg Roop was close behind in third. Jack Pretto and Rob Newell placed 1-2 in the 100 back in the next event and Ryan Cutter led a 1-2-3 Harvard finish in the 200 butterfly with a 1:48.36 mark.
Oliver Lee kept the victories coming with a winning time of 20.42 in the 50 free and Wes Stearns and Roop both hit NCAA 'B' cuts with a 1-2 finish in the 1,650 free. Stanton was dominant once again in the one-meter diving event, taking the title with 305.8 points to seal the diving sweep. Satterthwaite earned his second win of the meet in the 100 free with a 44.91 mark and Stearns joined him as a multiple winner, capping Harvard's wins with a top time and NCAA provisional mark of 4:28.23 in the 500 free.
With the regular season complete, the Crimson now turns its attention to the Ivy League Championships which will be contested at its home venue of Blodgett Pool, March 3-5.