CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 23 Harvard men's swimming and diving team will bring its 2016-17 regular season to a closure this weekend, visiting New Haven, Connecticut, Feb. 4-5, to face archrival Yale. The meet will begin Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with the final portion set to begin Sunday at 12 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard last competed at home Jan. 21, defeating Boston College, 179-112. The meeting was the first ever between the Crimson and the Eagles, with Harvard capturing victories in 13 of the events competed.
Harvard and Yale enter the weekend as the only two teams undefeated against the rest of the Ivy League this season. Each is 5-0 against the conference, but the Crimson is the lone unbeaten team overall at 9-0. The Bulldogs are 9-1 with their lone loss coming at Penn State Jan. 14.
Eight of the top individual event times this season come from student-athletes representing Harvard or Yale. The Crimson has posted five of the fastest times this season, led by a trio of top marks from freshman Dean Farris. He has the quickest times in the 100 (43.45) and 200 freestyle (1:34.30), as well as the 100 backstroke (47.69). Senior Jack Manchester is tied for the best time in the 200 back (1:43.73), while sophomore Brennan Novak leads the field in the 500 free by nearly four seconds (4:19.99).
Harvard extended its current win streak over Yale to 24 seasons with a 263-90 trouncing last year. With a win over the Bulldogs, Harvard would post its third undefeated Ivy League regular season record in the last four years, all under Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving. Harvard is 25-1 in Ancient Eight duals and 37-3 overall under Tyrrell.
The Bulldogs match Harvard for the most wins in the Ivy League this season with nine, but have endured one loss to Penn State. Its last time out, Yale defeated Cornell on the road, 193-107.
The Crimson will prepare to the host the Ivy League Championship meet at Blodgett Pool, Feb. 22-25.