2014 NCAA Championships
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team is sending six Crimson to Austin, Texas, for the 2014 NCAA Championships. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a successful season, including its 23rd Ivy League title, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team has qualified a pair of Crimson for individual events, and four relay events, for the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
For the second year in a row, diver Mike Mosca will represent Harvard on both the 1- and 3-meter boards, while freshman Eric Ronda earned a spot in the 200 breaststroke. Ronda also will participate in the 100 breaststroke as well. Along with Ronda between the lanes, the Crimson is sending Danny Crigler, Griffin Schumacher, Jacob Luna and Jack Manchester to compete in the 400 medley, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relays
Each day of competition will feature prelims starting at noon ET and finals in the evening beginning at 8 p.m. ET in the University of Texas' Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The Individual Competitors
Mike Mosca – 1-Meter and 3-Meter Diving
Mosca, enters the NCAA Championships as the reigning two-time Ivy League champion on both the 1- and 3-meter boards, topped the charts in the 1-meter and took third in the 3-meter at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships to pave his way to Austin. A Tenefly, N.J., native, Mosca is the school record holder on both boards in his storied campaign in Cambridge. The junior holds the 1-meter Harvard record of 387.05, and the 3-meter record of 412.42.
Eric Ronda – 100 and 200 Breaststroke
The Greenwich, Conn., native came up big for Harvard throughout the year, claiming 12 total victories, including eight individual crowns and three sweeps of the 100 and 200 events. Accustomed to swimming the second leg of the medley relay, Ronda was a part of four medley victories, including the Ancient Eight title-winning 400 medley that broke both the Ivy League meet and the Blodgett Pool record.
Harvard National Champions
Crimson swimmers have captured nine individual and one relay national title. The last individual to swim to the top of the NCAA platform was David Berkoff '88-89, who sandwiched 1987 and '89 national titles in the 100 backstroke around his silver medal in the event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Harvard's lone relay championship came in 1961, when Bob Kaufmann '62, Alan Engleberg '63, Bill Zentgraf '62 and Bruce Hunter '61-63 won the 400 free relay.
Harvard has crowned 152 All-American's in program history, with the last individual honor going to Alex Meyer '10 in 2010 when he placed 14th in the 1,650 free. The Crimson has boasted at least one All-American in 12 of 14 seasons under Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, and a total of 36 in that time. Murphy trails only Harold Ulen's total of 64 All-America honors for most in Harvard coaching history.