Harvard Men’s Swimmers, Diver Set to Face Nation’s Best

Harvard Men’s Swimmers, Diver Set to Face Nation’s Best

The Crimson will compete for national titles beginning Thursday in Indianapolis (Kevin Burns).

The Storyline
Eight competitors from the No. 18 Harvard men's swimming and diving team head to Indianapolis this week to take part in the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday through Saturday at IU Natatorium.

Crimson athletes are slated to compete in 10 swimming events—including all five relays—and both diving events. Harvard, the Ivy League dual champion and meet runner-up, has a tough act to follow after registering seven top-25 finishes and putting on All-America performances in two events last season.

Each day of competition will feature trials at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.

Watch Live, Online
The Friday and Saturday finals of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will air live on ESPN3 by clicking here.

Follow from Anywhere
For updates throughout the meet, fans can follow @HarvardCrimson and @HMSDcrimson on Twitter.

Crimson Competitors
Chuck Katis – 100 Breast (52.49 seconds), 200 Breast (1:54.08)
Katis, a sophomore, earned his first individual Ivy League championship in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Ivy Championships meet, where he also placed third in the 200 breast. He previously set school records in both events, hitting NCAA 'A' qualifying standards in the process, at the UGA Fall Invite. Katis owns Division I's eighth-fastest time in the 200 and the ninth-fastest in the 100. He placed 20th in the 100 and 25th in the 200 last season.

Oliver Lee – 50 Free (19.52 seconds)
Lee set a school record in the 50 freestyle in the preliminary race at the Ivy League Championships, on the way to a third-place event finish. Lee earned a 50th-place finish at last season's NCAA meet, and his best time is good for the No. 13 seed this year.

Mike Mosca- One-Meter Diving, Three-Meter Diving
Mosca, a double diving champion at Ivies, qualified for the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in the one-meter at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, where he also placed fourth in the three-meter. He holds school records in both events with championship scores of 387.05 in the one-meter and 412.42 in the three-meter. The sophomore, who also won the Ivy one-meter crown in 2012 and finished first in 17 of 18 dual events this season, will make his first NCAA appearance.

Chris Satterthwaite – 100 Free (42.99 seconds), 200 Free (1:35:00)
Satterthwaite won both of his NCAA events at the Ivy League Championships and set a new Harvard standard for 100-yard speed with his leadoff leg in the 400 free relay. He turned in strong performances in both events at last season's NCAA meet, taking 20th in the 200 free and 22nd in the 100. He owns the No. 21 time in the 100 and the No. 23 time in the 200 this season.

200 Free Relay – Griffin Schumacher, Danny Crigler, Oliver Lee, Chris Satterthwaite (1:18.06)
The Crimson placed 20th in last season's NCAA 200 free relay and won the event at this year's Ivy meet in a school-record, NCAA 'A' time. Only 13 schools have posted a faster time than Harvard in the event during the 2012-13 campaign. Schumacher, Lee and Satterthwaite all swam on last year's NCAA 200 free relay squad. Crigler is set to make his NCAA Championships debut.

400 Free Relay – Chris Satterthwaite, Griffin Schumacher, Zach Walters, Oliver Lee (2:52.32)
Harvard returns the same lineup that captured All-America honorable mention with its 16th-place performance at the 2012 NCAA Championships. That group won Ivies in school-record time this season, posting a time good for the No. 9 seed this weekend.

800 Free Relay – Zach Walters, Griffin Schumacher, Chuck Katis, Chris Satterthwaite (6:27.51)
The 800 free relay was Harvard's most successful at last year's NCAA meet, as this same foursome took 13th place for All-America honorable mention.  They placed third at the 2013 Ivy meet.

200 Medley Relay – Chris Satterthwaite, Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee, Danny Crigler (1:27.18)
This group took second at the Ivy League Championships. Katis and Lee were part of the school-record-setting squad for this event at the 2013 HYP meet.

400 Medley Relay – Chris Satterthwaite, Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee, Griffin Schumacher (3:12.17)
The same four Harvard swimmers will look to build on their Ivy-winning, Crimson-record-setting performance in their last race.

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 All-Americans
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.