Men’s Swimming and Diving Readies for Columbia

Men’s Swimming and Diving Readies for Columbia

Aly Abdel Khalik and the Crimson face Columbia Friday evening (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving will look to start the season 4-0 when it heads to New York Friday to take on Columbia in its final dual meet of the 2015 calendar year. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Uris Pool.

Last Time Out
Harvard clinched its first Ivy League wins of the season at Teagle Pool in Ithaca, New York last weekend, downing Cornell and Dartmouth. The Crimson eased past the Big Green by a score of 208-87, while also pushing past the host Big Red by a final tally of 18.5-106.5.

The Crimson was able to rack up such big scores with impressive performances across the board. Highlighting its success was sophomore Steven Tan, who came away victorious in three events. Individually, Tan won the 100 backstroke and butterfly, while also serving as the third leg of the 200 medley relay squad. Freshman Logan Houck also captured a pair of wins, claiming the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events.

Series History vs. Columbia
Since the 1990-91 season, the Crimson boasts a 22-2 record against Columbia. Harvard has won each of the last nine meetings with the Lions, last falling to its conference foe in the 2005-06 season. Last season, Harvard won 14 events at Blodgett pool in a 207-88 victory.

Scouting Columbia
The Lions will look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season after it lost to Penn on the road and Yale at home last weekend. Columbia opened the year with a 153-143 loss at Uris Pool to Army. Last season, Columbia swam to a 9-2 dual overall record, and a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League, but finished fifth at the Ivy League Championships.

ORDER OF EVENTS (via Columbia and subject to change)
• 3-meter Dive
• 200 Medley Relay
• 1000 Freestyle
• 200 Freestyle
• 100 Backstroke
• 100 Breaststroke
• 200 Butterfly
• 50 Freestyle
• 1-meter Dive
• 100 Freestyle
• 200 Backstroke
• 200 Breaststroke
• 500 Freestyle
• 100 Butterfly
• 200 Individual Medley
• 200 Freestyle Relay