Men's Swimming and Diving Returns at Columbia on Friday at 3 p.m.

Men's Swimming and Diving Returns at Columbia on Friday at 3 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a dominating performance against Dartmouth and Cornell to open the season, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team returns to the pool at Columbia on Friday at 3 p.m.

Last Time Out
Harvard took 13 of 16 events against Dartmouth and Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 11 to open the 2017-2018 campaign. Junior Logan Houck ran away with the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 9:05.77, 24 seconds ahead of the next closest swimmer, teammate junior Gavin Springer. The four-some of Koya Osada, Daniel Chang, Steven Tan, and Raphael Marcoux paved the way, opening the day with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Harvard diver, senior David Pfeifer claimed the top slot in the three-meter dive, recording 354.50 points, while senior Bobby Ross took first in the one-meter dive, posting a score of 333.65.

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 CollegeSwimming.com. 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

Newcomers
Harvard announced the addition of nine freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 consists of: Levente BathoryAlec DeCaprioMiles McAllisterMahlon ReihmanCorban Rawls, Charles Vaughn, Hal WattsEric 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.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next
Harvard returns to the pool after Thanksgiving with the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.