Harvard Set to Host 2014 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Benefited with the advantage of competing in its home pool, the Harvard men's swimming and diving looks to capture its 23rd Ancient Eight title as the Crimson host the 2014 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Blodgett Pool this weekend. Harvard welcomes in the rest of the League from Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 1.

Prelims will be held each day at 11 a.m., with each day's finals beginning at 6 p.m. All the action will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live results can be found here.

High Stakes
Princeton (6-2, 6-1 Ivy) is going headstrong for its sixth consecutive Ancient Eight title, but Harvard (8-2, 7-0 Ivy) is primed to challenge the Tigers. After finishing first or second every year since 1993, the Crimson has come to expect success, and this season might bring both the dual season championship and the more grueling, depth-based Ivy League Championship in one fell swoop.

A Look at the Crimson
Harvard picked up a top-20 national ranking earlier this season, never looking back. The Crimson won the Ivy League dual meet title with the HYP sweep, taking down both Yale (203-150) and Princeton (213-140) before taking down Penn (182.5-115.5) to close out the season two weeks ago.

Entering the Championships, Harvard owns 41 top-10 seed times ranging across all of the events this weekend. Senior co-captains Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite look to lead the deep Crimson off the blocks. Junior Griffin Schumacher and Lee own the Ivy's fastest two times in both the 50- and 100-freestyle events this season, not including the swift swims from Satterthwaite as well.

Freshman Jack Manchester owns the League's top time in the 200 backstroke, leading the way for a slew of Harvard swimmers in the middle distance events. Freshmen Aly Abdel Khalik and Cliff Goertemiller, along with sophomore Tyler Rocca, provide the necessary depth for success.

On the boards, both Mike Mosca, the reigning champion and record-holder in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events, and senior Joe Zarrella will be key in earning points for the Crimson. They both will provide opportunities for Harvard as one of the most dependable duos in the Ivy League; Mosca has swept both events every dual meet he has participated in this season, while Zarrella has claimed second in both events three times, while sweeping the boards versus Brown.

2013 Ivy League Championships
Last year, the Crimson made a captivating run at Princeton, but fell just 68 points shy of the title. Harvard laid claim to eight events, including five individual outings. Both Mosca and Satterthwaite were double winners, as Mosca was tabbed the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet and Satterthwaite kept his titles in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

A Look at the Field
As Harvard and Princeton will duke it out for the Championships, but the field after the top-2 is deep as well. Yale (8-3, 4-3 Ivy), Columbia (6-4, 4-3 Ivy), Penn (6-4, 4-3 Ivy), Dartmouth (6-6, 2-5 Ivy), Cornell (3-6, 1-6 Ivy) and Brown (4-7, 0-7 Ivy) all have their strong points and highly seeded individuals.

School Ivy League    Overall
Harvard 7-0 8-2
Princeton 6-1 6-2
Yale 4-3 8-3
Columbia 4-3 6-4
Penn 4-3 6-4
Dartmouth    2-5 3-6
Cornell 1-6 3-6
Brown 0-7 4-7