CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team returns from the holiday break this week to face Boston College in Coral Gables, Florida on Jan. 4. The swimming-only meet is set to take place at the University of Miami's Norman Whitten Pool.
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- Harvard restarts its 2019-20 competition schedule after nearly a month off. The Crimson was last in action Dec. 4-8, at the Minnesota Invitational, which included a long-course meters time trial on the final day.
- Mahlon Reihman enjoyed a solid trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes as he posted Harvard's top time of the season in three individual events (50 free, 100 free, 200 free), while swimming on three of the Crimson's fastest relays (200 free, 800 free, 400 medley). The junior's 100-free time of 43.74 was an NCAA B-Cut and the ninth-fastest in Harvard history.
- First-year Will Grant made his presence felt on the Crimson all-time top-10 list with his all-around performance at Minnesota. Hailing from Waco, Texas, Grant registered the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 200 back (1:42.47), the ninth-best effort in the 100 back (47.59) and 400 IM (3:50.28), and the 10th-fastest time in the 200 IM (1:46.71). All four were NCAA B-Standards.
- First-year Noah Brune set season bests in the 500 and 1,650 free at the Minnesota Invitational. A native of Mission Viejo, California, Brune posted a 500-free time of 4:26.80, and then produced a B-Cut time of 15:25.15 in the 1,650 free. Both efforts are the fastest this season by any Harvard swimmer.
- Jared Simpson and Michael Zarian also made their way into the Harvard record book while in Minnesota, producing the seventh- and 10th-best times in the 100 breast (54.78) and 200 back (1:44.31; NCAA B-Standard), respectively.
- Harvard will face Boston College for just the second time in series history. The first meeting was on Jan. 21, 2017, with the Crimson earning a 179-112 home victory.
At The Helm
Kevin Tyrrell is in his seventh season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving, James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence. Tyrrell helped the Crimson to an unblemished Ivy campaign and a third straight Ivy League championship in 2018-19. Harvard, meanwhile, is 42-1 all-time under Tyrrell vs. Ivy competition and 54-6 in dual meets under his direction.
Harvard returns to action on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m., when it plays host to Brown at Blodgett Pool. The Ivy League meet will air on ESPN+.