Men's Swimming and Diving Sets Sights on Dartmouth, Cornell in Season Opener
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team looks to repeat as Ivy League dual meet champions after an impressive undefeated season in 2012-13. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will begin the 2013-14 season traveling to Hanover, N.H. for a tri-meet against Dartmouth and Cornell at 3 p.m. Friday. The Crimson is coming off a stellar 2012-13 season, one in which Harvard claimed an Ivy League dual meet championship after a 9-0 record overall, and a second place finish at the Ivy Championships.
Guess Who's Back
Harvard returns a bevy of talent, including All-Americans Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite, who serve as this season's co-captains, Griffin Schumacher, Zach Walters and diver Mike Mosca. Harvard also returns eight All-Ivy performers from a year ago, including Lee, Satterthwaite, Schumacher, Walters, Mosca, Danny Crigler, Christian Carbone and Kyle McIntee.
Twelve new Crimson join the men's swimming and diving team. Aly Abdel Khalik, Kenneth Castro-Abrams, Mitchell Foster, Cliff Goertemiller, Jack Manchester, Paul O'Hara, Patrick Pender, Eric Ronda, Sean Satterthwaite – brother of captain Chris – Sava Turcanu and Maxim Yakubovich will all compete for the Crimson between the lanes while Manassa Oso looks to boost Harvard's depth on the boards this year.
On the deck, Kevin Tyrrell, the newly promoted Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving, looks to continue Harvard's recent success. Tyrrell has brought along Samantha Pitter as an assistant coach this season as well.
To the Duel
Harvard owns an impressive record of 48-5 in dual meets since 2007-08 with a 18-3 mark at home in Blodgett Pool. This includes a trio of undefeated seasons in 2007-08, 2010-11 and 2012-13, to go along with three Ivy League Dual Meet crowns.
Against Dartmouth and Cornell
Harvard boasts a 70-11 overall record against Dartmouth with a streak of 41 consecutive victories over the Big Green, and owns an impressive 50-2 record all-time against Cornell, winning the last six meetings with the Big Red.
Like the Crimson, the Big Green opens its season with the Friday tri-meet, while the Big Red is coming off a 148-125 victory over Boston College in Ithaca a week ago.