Harvard takes on Cornell and Dartmouth this weekend (Ray Yeager).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving will square off against its first Ivy League opponents this weekend, traveling to Ithaca, New York to swim against Cornell and Dartmouth. The meet will begin Friday, Nov. 13 with diving competition at 4:30 p.m., with swimming action to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Teagle Pool.
Last Time Out
Harvard started its 2015-16 season off last Friday with a 165-120 triumph over Bryant at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson was victorious in 11 of the 16 events against the Bulldogs with senior Jacob Luna, junior Eric Ronda and sophomore Bobby Ross each winning multiple events. Luna was the big winner with three victories in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Ronda was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay team, while also capturing the 200 breaststroke. Ross swept the 1- and 3- meter diving boards for the Crimson.
Last Season vs. Cornell, Dartmouth
Harvard began its 2014-15 season with a sweep of the Big Red and Big Green at Blodgett Pool last November. Dartmouth fell victim to a 246-54 downing by the Crimson, while Cornell was defeated by a 169-131 score. The 246 points scored against the Big Green was the second-highest meet total for Harvard last year.
Harvard has been dominant against the Big Green, winning 43 straight meets against its conference foe from Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth's last win over Harvard came in 1971-72 by one point, 57-56. Against Cornell, the Crimson have won eight straight, with the Big Red's last win in the series coming in the 2006-07 season.
The Big Red is 1-0 in the first month of the season with a 165.5-117.5 win over Binghamton Nov. 6, taking top honors in all 16 events. The victory improved Cornell to 13-0 all-time against the Bearcats. Last season, Cornell posted 5-4 record and took sixth at the Ivy League Championships.
This weekend's tri-meet will serve as the season-opener for the Big Green, who will not compete again until a trip to Princeton Dec. 4-6. The Big Green's lone dual meet win last season came against UConn, while it also won the Dartmouth Invite over Connecticut College and UMass. Dartmouth finished eighth at last season's Ivy League Championships.