The Crimson looks to keep a successful fall season going in the Texas Invitational this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After remaining perfect in Ivy League competition with a solid win at Columbia two weeks ago, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team looks to up the ante for the prestigious Texas Invitational starting Thursday.
The Crimson (3-0, 3-0 Ivy League) is coming off a dominating win in the pool against Columbia, handing its Ancient Eight foe a 170-130 loss, while setting three pool records in the process. The Crimson was helped by a pair of wins on the board from Michael Mosca, as well as a three-win day from freshman Jack Manchester and senior co-captain Chris Satterthwaite.
One of the most accomplished divers in the country, Mosca, who will again compete in Austin on Dec. 17-22 in the USA Diving Winter National Championships, helps to establish a successful and well-rounded Crimson squad. Senior co-captains Chris Satterthwaite and Oliver Lee lead an experienced team, each earning multiple event victories this season already, but the newcomers are finding a place as well.
Freshmen Jack Manchester and Eric Ronda have each pulled their weight in terms of earning points so far in two meets for Harvard. Manchester has pulled in six wins, while Ronda has four to his name.
Previewing the Texas Invitational
The slate in Austin features a bevy of talented teams for Harvard to compete with, including No. 4 and host Texas, No. 7 Southern California, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Arizona, UCLA, BYU, Wisconsin, UC Santa Barbara and Oklahoma Baptist.
This will mark the fifth time the Crimson has visited Austin for the Texas Invite. The last time Harvard found itself in the Lone Star State, it finished ninth during the fall portion of the 2011-12 season.