The Crimson looks for its third consecutive Ivy dual meet crown this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the Ivy League dual championship on the line, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team (7-0, 5-0 Ivy) is set to host fellow unbeaten Ancient Eight foes Yale (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) and Princeton (6-2, 4-0 Ivy) to Blodgett Pool for the annual HYP meet.
Action -- which will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network all weekend -- gets underway after the women's HYP meet has concluded, starting with the 1650 at 4:30 p.m., before the rest of the night begins at 6 p.m. After 10 events on the first day, the three Ivy squads will turn around and square off Sunday afternoon, beginning at 12 p.m.
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What's At Stake
Harvard (7-0, 5-0 Ivy League) has rolled through its dual season unconquered thus far, but comes into the weekend set to face its toughest opponents and rivals to date in Princeton (6-2, 4-0 Ivy) and Yale (7-0, 4-0 Ivy). The Crimson is defending Ivy League champions and is looking to claim its third consecutive Ivy dual title with potential wins this weekend. A tough road lies ahead, however, as all three teams are undefeated in Ivy dual meets this year and have a combined 20-2 regular season record, making this one of the most competitive HYPs in recent memory.
Quick Look at the Crimson
Harvard reached its 7-0 record two weeks ago with an Ancient Eight sweep of Brown and Penn in Providence. The Crimson cruised past the Bears, 237-63, and Quakers, 190-108, earning its 11th dual victory in a row. Harvard claimed 13 event wins in the process of the sweep at Brown, including an impressive four total wins out of freshman Steven Tan. Classmate Shane McNamara picked up three victories between the lanes, while Spenser Goodman, Christian Carbone and diver Mike Mosca each had a pair of victories.
Rank and File
As the Crimson has run through its first seven dual meets, the successful team has found itself in second in the Mid-Major poll, just behind upcoming opponent Yale. Harvard has solid victories over five Ivy schools and a pair of non-conference opponents in the ACC's Duke and SEC's South Carolina.
HYP Order of Events
Saturday, January 31, 2015
3:30pm Warmups begin for 1650 swimmers
4:20 or 4:40pm All but fastest heat of 1650 free (slow to fast)
5:00pm Warmups begin
5:50pm Pool cleared, begin introductions and national anthem
6:00pm Session #1 starts
1. 200 free relay
8. 1-meter diving begins (and runs concurrently with swimming)
2. 200 freestyle
3. 100 backstroke
4. 100 breaststroke
5. 200 butterfly
6. 50 freestyle
7. 200 IM
9. 1650 freestyle (fastest heat only)
10. 400 medley relay
Sunday, February 1, 2015
11:00am Pool open for warmup
11:50am Clear pool, national anthem, Harvard Senior Recognition
12:00pm Session #2 starts
11. 200 medley relay
17. 3-meter diving begins (and runs concurrently with swimming)
12. 400 IM
13. 100 freestyle
14. 200 backstroke
15. 100 butterfly
16. 500 freestyle
18. 200 breaststroke
19. 400 free relay