Men's Swimming and Diving Welcomes Columbia to Blodgett Pool

Men's Swimming and Diving Welcomes Columbia to Blodgett Pool

Harvard hosts Columbia Friday hoping to stay unbeaten against the Lions at home (Gil Talbot).

Story Line
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will welcome Columbia to Blodgett Pool Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. to open the home portion of its schedule. Harvard is 62-5 all-time against the Lions and last year won its sixth straight in the series, 206-92. The Crimson is also a perfect 37-0 at home versus Columbia.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team opened the 2012-13 campaign with a pair of resounding wins, taking out Cornell, 207-93, and Dartmouth, 207-93, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Harvard, which has now won five straight meets against Cornell and 41 straight against Dartmouth, won 13 of 16 events on the day as its senior class improved to 21-2 against Ivy League foes. Eight different Crimson won individual events with Michael Gaudiani (500 free, 1,000 free), Mike Mosca (one-meter dive, three-meter dive) and Chris Satterthwaite (100 free, 200 free) each earning a pair of victories.

Other winners included Christian Carbone (200 fly), Chuck Katis (100 breast), Jacob Luna (100 fly), Jack Pretto (100 back) and Christian Yeager (200 back), as well as the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams.

Harvard owns an impressive record of 41-5 in duals meets since 2007-08 with a 16-3 mark at home in Blodgett Pool. This includes a pair of undefeated seasons in 2007-08 and 2010-11 and two Ivy League Dual Meet crowns.

Records Were Made to be Broken
Chris Satterthwaite, Chuck Katis and Mike Mosca combined to break six Harvard University records in 2011-12. Four of the marks were set at the Ivy League Championships, where Satterthwaite set the new standard in the 50 free (19.84) and 100 free (43.18) while Katis raised the bar in the 100 breast (53.17) and 200 breast (1:56.49). Mosca owns the school record on both the one- and three-meter diving boards, posting a score of 367.25 on the one-meter in his first collegiate meet against Cornell and Dartmouth before notching a score of 394.80 on the three-meter at the HYP meet.

Welcome Back
The Crimson has welcomed back 29 letterwinners from the 2011-12 squad, including All-American's Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee, Chris Satterthwaite, Griffin Schumacher and Zach Walters.  Harvard's 2012-13 lineup also features eight All-Ivy performers from a year ago in Spenser Goodman, Katis, Lee, Mike Mosca, Jack Pretto, Satterthwaite, Schumacher and Walters.

Fresh Faces
Harvard's incoming class of 2016 was ranked as the sixth-best recruiting class in the country by and includes four All-Americans, six state champions and six academic All-Americans. Five of the nine, Christian Carbone, Steven Kekacs, Jacob Luna, Tyler Rocca and Christian Yeager, competed at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials this summer along with eight current members of the Crimson.

Related Article: Men's Swimming and Diving Adds Nine For 2012-13 Season

Olympic Feats
Current assistant coach and former Crimson standout Alex Meyer '10 competed in his first Olympic Games this summer, placing 10th in the men's 10k marathon. Meyer stayed with the lead pack early and was in third place after the second lap, but fell behind before turning  in his fastest split of the race, 18:07.1, on the final lap to finish 10th in 1 hour, 50 minutes, 48.2 seconds.

Tim Murphy, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, served as the head coach of Team USA's open water squad at the London Games. Along with Meyer, Murphy helped guide Haley Anderson to the country's first-ever medal in the 10k marathon with a second place performance on the women's side.

Related Articles: Meyer '10 Places 10th in Men's Open Water 10k Marathon; Murphy Guides Anderson to America's First Ever Medal in Open Water 10k Marathon; London Calling: Head Men's Swimming Coach Tim Murphy Blogs About Olympic Experience

Three Crimson Set PR's at U.S. Open Swimming Championships
During the off season, Chris Satterthwaite, Chuck Katis and Christian Carbone competed at the 2012 U.S. Open Swimming Championships.  Satterthwaite competed in the 50, 100 and 200 free, setting a new personal record in all three events and just missing the cut for the World University Games rosters for the 100 and 200 free.

Katis competed in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM, and set PR's in all three events en route to the finals. Carbone competed in five events, and earned his best finish with an 11th-place showing in the 400 IM.

Harvard at U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
The Harvard men's swimming program was well represented at the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials as 15 current, future and former Crimson took to the pool in Omaha, Neb., vying for a spot in the London Olympic Games.

Chuck Katis turned in Harvard's best all-around performance with top-50 finishes in the 100 breast, 200 breast and the 200 IM.  The rising sophomore narrowly missed advancing to the 100 breast semifinals.

Incoming freshman Steven Kekacs finished 46th in the 1,500 free, just six spots behind 2012 Olympian and current assistant coach Alex Meyer '10. Sophomores Mike Gaudiani and Reed Snyder also competed in the event.

Also competing in Omaha for the Crimson were current team members Spenser Goodman, Oliver Lee, Chris Satterthwaite, Griffin Schumacher and Zach Walters.

Mosca Impresses at U.S. Olympic Diving Trails
Mike Mosca turned heads at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials as he and his partner Toby Stanley of Conway, Ark. placed sixth in the three-meter synchronized diving competition. The rising sophomore also advanced to the semifinals of the three-meter individual competition earlier in the week, and finished in 18th place.

Coaches Corner
Tim Murphy is back for his 15th season as the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving.  Murphy has guided the Crimson to a 113-11 overall record in duals meets with an Ivy League mark of 104-9.  Murphy's teams have captures six EISL titles while earning All-America honors in 22 individual events and four relays. 

Head diving coach Keith Miller is in his 22nd season with the Crimson and has mentored 21 conference champions. Assistant coach Kevin Tyrrell enters his fourth season boasting three straight top-20 recruiting classes. Joining the staff this season is Alex Meyer '12, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and former All-American at Harvard.