Men's Swimming and Diving Returns to Action Thursday at Brown

Men's Swimming and Diving Returns to Action Thursday at Brown

Story Line
The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will return from its winter break Thursday, Jan. 17 as it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on the Brown Bears. Harvard has beaten Brown 18 straight times and owns a 79-2 all-time record against the Bears.

Harvard owns an impressive dual-meet record of 116-11 all-time under head coach Tim Murphy. The Crimson is 42-5 since 2007-08 with a 17-3 mark at home in Blodgett Pool against a 25-2 record on the road. This includes a pair of undefeated seasons in 2007-08 and 2010-11, a 33-3 record against the Ivy League and two Ivy League Dual Meet crowns.

Rank and File
Harvard has come in at No. 2 in the second Mid-Major Division I Rankings with a total of 249.59 points. The Crimson moved up three places from its original ranking of No. 5, and trails only top-ranked Princeton (253.95 pts.) which was also featured at No. 1 in the original poll.

Fun in the Sun
Harvard recently returned from its annual trip to Puerto Rico where it trained for 10 days to prepare for the championship portion of its schedule. Senior co-captains Owen Wurzbacher and Greg Roop kept a blog throughout the trip for, giving fans an inside look into the program.

Related Article: Blog: Men's Swimming and Diving Trains in Puerto Rico

Last Time Out
Chuck Katis highlighted a strong showing by the Crimson at the University of Georgia Fall Invitational as he broke school records in the 100 and 200 breast en route to NCAA 'A' standard times. Harvard placed sixth overall in the team standings with 311 points competing against some of the top programs in the country. No. 3 Cal won the team competition with 856 points while No. 9 Virginia (702), No. 11 Georgia (662.5), No. 16 Auburn (615.5) and Penn State (507.5) rounded out the top five.

Related Article: Katis Sets Two School Records to Lead Men's Swimming and Diving at UGA Fall Invite

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Punching His Ticket
Sophomore Chuck Katis has already punched his ticket to the 2013 NCAA Championships with a pair of NCAA 'A' standard times in the 100 and 200 breast. Katis also set new school records in both events in the process, turning in a time of 52.49 in the 100 and a time of 1:54.08 in the 200. Both times rank as the fourth fastest in the NCAA this season while is 200 IM time of 1:45.86 ranks 16th.

Catch us if you can...
Harvard has been dominate in dual meets to open the 2012-13 season thanks in large part to junior Chris Satterthwaite, sophomores Mike Mosca and Chuck Katis and freshman Christian Carbone.  Satterthwaite has won the 100 and 200 freestyle in both meets for the Crimson to begin the year after taking first in 50, 100 and 200 free at the 2012 Ivy League Championships.

Mosca, the Ivy League's one-meter champion and runner-up on the three meter from a year ago, is unbeaten in both events entering Thursday.

Katis has won the 100 breast in both meets to start the year and added a victory in the 400 IM to his resume against Columbia.

Carbone is unbeaten in the 200 fly to start his college career and also registered a victory in the 200 breast against Columbia in the Crimson's home opener.

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 Trails
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 116-11 overall record in duals meets with an Ivy League mark of 107-9.  Murphy's teams have captured 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.