Men’s Swimming and Diving Set for Busy Opening Weekend

Dean Farris won the 100-yard backstroke at the Hall of Fame Invitational (photo courtesy of Gail Farris).
Dean Farris won the 100-yard backstroke at the Hall of Fame Invitational (photo courtesy of Gail Farris).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 23rd-ranked Harvard men's swimming and diving team is set for a busy opening weekend that will take them to Ithaca, N.Y., Smithfield, R.I., and nearby Worcester. The Crimson swimmers will face the host, Cornell, and Dartmouth in Ivy League action on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by the diving portion at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the squad will split up with the swimmers competing at Bryant at 11 a.m. and the divers at Clark University.

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What to Know

  • Harvard enters the season as the two-time defending Ivy League champions. The 2017-18 conference title was the Crimson's third in the last five seasons.
  • The Crimson has been very good on the first day of its season, posting a 15-0 record in the last eight years.
  • Harvard will carry a 55-2 all-time record vs. Cornell, a series that dates back to 1955. The Crimson has won 11 consecutive meets vs. the Big Red.
  • Harvard is 75-11 all-time vs. Dartmouth. The Crimson is unbeaten in its last 46 get-togethers with the Big Green.
  • The Crimson will compete against Bryant for just the second time and first time since 2015, when it was victorious on the road, 165-120.

At The Helm

Kevin Tyrrell begins his sixth season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving. Tyrell brings in a team, led by six all-Ivy League selections from a season ago (Daniel Chang, Dean Farris, Logan Houck, Raphael Marcoux, Brennan Novak, Mahlon Reihman), that is looking to add to its trophy case after winning back-to-back conference titles and going 45-3 over the last five years, including a 32-1 effort vs. Ivy League competition.

Next Up

Harvard returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16, when it plays host to Columbia at 3 p.m. for an Ivy League meet. The conference clash is set to air on ESPN+.