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Men's Swimming Opens 2012 at Blodgett Pool Against Brown

Story Line
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team returns to Blodgett Pool for the first time in 2012 to host Ivy League foe Brown on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.

What's at Stake
Harvard will put several streaks on the line against Brown, most notably its 12-meet win streak which dates back to last season. The Crimson is 3-0 this year in dual meet competition and went a perfect 9-0 in 2010-11. Harvard has also won 10 consecutive meets against Ivy League opponents, including an undefeated 7-0 mark a year ago, and has won six straight at Blodgett Pool dating back to 2009-10.

The Crimson is 78-2 all-time against Brown and has not lost a meet to the Bears since 1992. This series dates back to Jan. 17, 1931 when Harvard first defeated Brown, 44-18.

Fun in the Sun
The Crimson returned from its annual winter training trip on Monday after spending 10 days in sun-splashed San Juan, Puerto Rico. Senior co-captain Matthew McLean kept a blog for GoCrimson.com during the trip, giving fans an inside look at the program.

"The alarm went off a half hour later this morning, a refreshing change to the routine we had gotten into. The final double of our training trip was upon us and it began to rain heavily; surely a sign of what was to come. We had been training hard all week and knew that these last few practices were not going to be easy."

Click here to read McLean's entire blog.

Flying Hawaiians
While the Crimson swimmers were off in Puerto Rico for their training trip, the divers headed west to Hawai'i for a training trip of their own. Harvard competed in the Hawai'i Diving Invitational during its time in Honolulu, with freshman Mike Mosca placing third on both the one and three-meter boards and junior Michael Stanton earning a pair of fourth-place finishes.

Last Time Out
Harvard won 13 of 16 events and freshman Chuck Katis set three pool records as the Crimson defeated Columbia on Dec. 10, 206-92, in New York City. The win was Harvard's 12th straight in dual meet competition, and the team's 10th in a row against Ivy League opponents.

Katis was named the COOP Athlete of the Week for his performance after leading 1-2-3 finishes for the Crimson in the 100 breast (55.18) and 200 breast (2:00.76) in his first two record-setting performances of the day. The freshman also secured a victory in the 200 IM, again setting a pool record and earning a new personal-best time of 1:48.56 in the process, and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team along with Jack Pretto, Niall Janney and Chris Satterthwaite.