Men’s Divers Headed to Utah, Denver; Swimmers Prepped for a Trio of Western Opponents

Jack Manchester is one of four individuals to qualify for the NCAA Championships (Gil Talbot).
Jack Manchester is one of four individuals to qualify for the NCAA Championships (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team (3-0) will split up for a number of events out west this week beginning with the divers taking on Utah (Jan. 3) and Denver (Jan. 4), while the swimmer will face BYU (Jan. 6) and then Utah and Denver in a tri-meet (Jan. 7).

Last Time Out
Harvard finished the fall semester with the swimmers competing at the Texas Invitational and the divers at the Georgia Invitational. Freshman Dean Farris set a new program record in the 200 free, coming in third with a 'B' cut time of 1:34.30. Senior Jack Manchester qualified for the A-final of the 200 back and classmate Eric Ronda earned a spot in the top final of the 200 breast with both posting 'B' cut times.

On the boards in Georgia, junior David Pfeifer punched his ticket to the NCAA Zone Championships in the three-meter event with his sixth-place showing.

Scouting The West
As a team, Utah is 3-3 in dual meets this season and has also competed in three invitationals. The Utes closed out the first semester with a victory over Wyoming and a loss at Boise State.

Denver sports a 4-2 dual meet mark to go with a victory at the Pacific Invite. The swimmers were also the top team at the Denver Relays back in October.  The Pioneers most recently competed at Florida Atlantic, earning a 168-11 victory.

BYU is 1-1 during dual meet competition with a win over UNLV and a loss to Arizona State.

Up Next
Harvard jumps back into Ivy League action Jan. 13-14, facing Brown and Penn in Philadelphia.