Men's Swimming and Diving Opens Season against Cornell, Dartmouth on Saturday

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving program opens the 2017-2018 season, hosting Cornell and Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

Season Outlook
After opening with Dartmouth and Cornell, the Crimson will travel to Columbia on Friday, Nov. 17 before heading to the Texas Invitational on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Harvard will send select divers to the Georgia Invitational on Dec. 1-3. The Crimson begins 2018 on the road with a dual meet against Arizona State on Jan. 6, before returning to Ivy League action on Jan. 13 against Brown and Penn. Harvard returns home hosting Rider and Bryant on Jan. 13, and Yale and Princeton on Feb. 2-3. The Crimson will look to defend its crown at the Ivy League Championship on Feb. 21-24 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Record Breaking
Freshman Dean Farris broke the Harvard school record in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championship, touching the wall with a time of 1:39.99. He went on to finish 14th overall to earn honorable mention All-America. Farris became the first Harvard swimmer to earn All-America in two individual events since Geoff Rathgeber '08 earned first team honors in the 200 and 200 IM in 2008. 

Best In The Nation
After capturing its 24th Ivy League crown, Harvard earned the distinction of being the best mid-major team in the nation 2016-2017, according to The Crimson scored 876.31 points, 42.24 more than second-place, Penn.

All-Ivy Returners
Harvard returns eight swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last winter. Dean Farris was the most dominant swimmer, capturing seven All-Ivy first team selections, and the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet. All four members of the first place 800-yard freestyle relay team return for the 2017-2018 season. 

Success In The Classroom
For the second consecutive year, the Crimson led the nation with a team GPA of 3.57 GPA, according to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Additionally, 15 members of the men's swimming and diving program earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors.

Full CSCAA Scholar All-America Announcement

Harvard announced the addition of nine freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 consists of: Levente Bathory, Alec DeCaprio, Miles McAllister, Mahlon Reihman, Corban Rawls, Charles Vaughn, Hal Watts, Eric Whisenant, and Michael Zarian.

Full Class of 2021 Announcement

At The Helm
Kevin Tyrrell is in his fifth season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving after serving as assistant coach since 2009. In 2016-2017, Tyrrell was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, leading the Crimson to a 10-0 dual meet record and its second Ivy League title in his tenure.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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What's Next?
Harvard travels to Columbia on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Percy Uris Natatorium.