CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following its second consecutive HYP sweep last weekend in New Haven, Conn., the No. 10 Harvard men's swimming and diving team is set to trek to Philadelphia for the season's final Ivy League Dual meet against Penn.
The Crimson (7-2, 6-0 Ivy League) is looking for its second straight Ivy League dual championship and will clinch sole possession of first with a victory over the Quakers. After traveling to Penn on Saturday, the Crimson is set to host the Quakers and the six other Ancient Eight schools for the Ivy League Championships at Blodgett Pool from Feb. 27-March 1.
Last year with the same 7-0 League record on the line, Harvard took down the Quakers, 195-98 in the comforts of Blodgett Pool to close out the regular season.
Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off a through handling of rivals Princeton (213-140) and Yale (203-150) in the annual HYP tri-meet. The Crimson claimed 11 of 19 events, including a season-best 12 NCAA 'B' cut times, and set six pool records over the two day tri-meet. Junior Griffin Schumacher stood out among the crowd and collected a first place and an NCAA 'B' cut time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 19.96, before grabbing second place in the 100 free (44.27) behind teammate Chris Satterthwaite. The New York, N.Y., native also was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that clocked in at 1:19.12, the 200 medley relay team that touched the wall in 1:28.34, beating out Princeton's unit by .31 seconds, and a member of the 400 free relay quartet to take first in 2:55.13.
Once again, Mike Mosca and Joe Zarrella continued to back up the claim that Harvard has one of the best diving programs in the League. After taking a one-two finish in the 3-meter dive on Friday, the pair again took the first two spots in the 1-meter on Saturday. Mosca grabbed 321.85 points for a first place finish, his fourth sweep of the season on the boards. Behind him, Zarrella, diving in his last HYP meet, took second with his score of 319.70.
Junior diver Mike Mosca, who has swept both boards every time out this year, recently represented Harvard in the USA Diving Winter National Championships. The Tenafly, N.J., native secured three top-15 finishes, including a ninth-place finish in the 3-meter synchronized event. Using Penn as a tune-up, Mosca is looking to defend his Ivy Championship sweep of the 1- and 3-meter dives last year, as he was named the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet.
Harvard breached the top-10 nationally last week, and now sits at No. 10 according to the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll. The Crimson have continually owned the top-spot in CollegeSwimming.com's mid-major poll, dating back to early in the season following an especially strong showing in the Texas Invitational in December.