| No. 25 Harvard vs. Yale and Princeton
Feb. 2-3, 2018
6 p.m. | 12 p.m.
Ivy League Network (Friday | Saturday)
Eric Gallanty, Chris Marshall
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 25 Harvard men's swimming and diving team is set to take on Yale and Princeton this weekend with the annual H-Y-P meet. The meet will be Harvard's final home contest of the regular season, before it heads to Princeton later this month for the Ivy League Championship. The H-Y-P meet is set to open on Friday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson opened 2018 with a bang, earning simultaneous victories over Rider and Bryant on Jan. 20 by scores of 218-81 and 223-76 respectively. The week before, Harvard secured its fourth Ivy win of the season with a 181-108 defeat of Penn.
In the 1,000-yard freestyle, senior Kent Haeffner finished second trailing only teammate junior Brennan Novak, who claimed first in the event for the second time this season. Touching the wall with a time of 9:28.84, Haeffner clipped five seconds off his time from last week against Penn (9:33.73).
Sophomore Dean Farris swam away for the first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 1:45.80 – five seconds off the Blodgett pool record.
Seniors Bobby Ross and David Pfeifer highlighted the Crimson on the boards. Ross finished first in both the 1- and 3- meter dives, posting scores of 332.55 and 376.50, respectively. Pfeifer registered a second-place finish in the 3-meter dive with a score of 359.55, after collecting third-place in the 1-meter (298.25) earlier in the day.
Harvard will be able to get a sense of what it will see in a few weeks at the Ivy Championships this weekend. Dean Farris holds the top Ivy time in the 100 free at 43.05 and the 200 free at 1:33.27, nearly three seconds faster than the next closest competitor, Murphy McQuet from Princeton (1:36.21). Farris is also the top Ivy swimmer in the 100 and 200 backstrokes prior to this weekend. Brendan Novak's school record time of 4:16.51 in the 500 free ranks atop the Ivy standings and Harvard owns the fastest 200 medley relay team in the conference to date.
The Bulldogs have won each of their last five meets, including a 219-79 decision over Seton Hall just two weeks ago. Heading into the meet, senior Kei Hyogo is ranked 13th and 18th in the 1650-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, respectively. Additionally, senior Aaron Greenberg is ranked 28th in the nation in the 50-yard freestyle.
The Tigers head to Cambridge undefeated in Ivy League action and 7-2 overall. Princeton's two losses came at the hands of Louisville and Virginia in the first outing of the 2017-18 season. Buese is one of several Princeton swimmers who will get an early sense of where he stands before the Ivy League Championships. He enters the weekend with the second-fastest 200 fly time (1:45.82) in the Ivy League, while senior teammate Ben Schafer has the second-fastest 100 fly time (47.58). Schafer also has one of the league's fastest 50 free times, though Yale and Harvard also both have Top-5 swimmers in the event.
Video Board Dedication
On Saturday, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team plans to hold a dedication ceremony for Blodgett Pool's brand new video board that was installed this past winter break.
Harvard swimming & diving would like to recognize Steve Baird '74, Bob Hackett '81, Lars Reierson '87, Dan Simkowitz '87, Patrick Healy '89, Joe Zumpano '91, and Head Coach Kevin Tyrrell for their generosity.
In the Rankings
Harvard is currently ranked 25th in the country by collegeswimming.com. The team weighs in with 795.45 points with the nation leader California less than 100 points ahead at 882.65. Yale weighs in at 30th in the nation and Princeton ranks 24th heading into H-Y-P.
In the last five years, Harvard has gone 5-0 against Yale and 4-0 against Princeton. The Crimson has then gone on to place first or second at the Ivy League Championships shortly after the annual H-Y-P meet.
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With the dual meet season concluded, Harvard will turn its attention to the Ivy League Championship meet set for Feb. 21-24 at Princeton.