Harvard takes on 2014-15, aiming for its 24th Ivy League Championship. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After it picked up its 23rd Ivy League title in program history last season, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team looks to defend its dual season and Championships title starting with a tri-meet versus Dartmouth and Cornell at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blodgett Pool. The meet will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson finished 8-2 in dual meets last season, including a perfect 7-0 mark against Ancient Eight foes. After sweeping the dual season, the Crimson made a splash in the post season as it captured the League Championship with by a slim margin, 1495-1413, over Princeton. Carrying the season forward, six Crimson represented the school in the NCAA Championships in March, including then seniors Danny Crigler and Chris Satterthwaite, rising senior and now-co-captain Griffin Schumacher, rising-junior Jacob Luna, and rising sophomores Eric Ronda and Jack Manchester, along with skilled diver, Mike Mosca. Mosca picked up an All-American Honorable Mention nod with his 13th-place finish on the 3-meter boards.
Harvard boasts 38 swimmers and five divers, showing considerable depth in its quest to repeat as Ivy champions. The Crimson return 34 from last season, adding nine freshmen as well. Notably returning are four of the six NCAA representatives, along with fellow First Team All-Ivy swimmers Aly Abdel Khalik, Spenser Goodman and Zachary Walters.
About Dartmouth and Cornell
The Big Green and Big Red both enter the weekend squaring off with Ivy opponents for the first time this season, though Cornell is coming off a 171.5-125.5 win over Binghamton last Sunday. Dartmouth, which took sixth last spring at the Ivy Championships, finished last season 5-5 in dual meets, while Cornell was 3-6 and ended Ivies in eighth place.
A Look Ahead
After only having one meet at home last season, the Crimson will enjoy its second of three home meets in 2014-15 next week as Columbia pays a visit on Nov. 21.