Men's Swimming and Diving Commences Ivy Title Defense Wednesday Night

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving looks to defend its Ivy League title this week at the Ivy League Championships at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson enters the meet as three-time defending champions.

The action begins Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will all start with the preliminary heats at 11 a.m. followed by an afternoon break, before commencing with the finals at 6 p.m.

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What to Know

• Harvard captured its fourth straight Ivy League dual meet title posting an 8-2 overall mark, which included a perfect 7-0 mark against Ivy opponents.

• The Crimson has won 53 of its last 54 dual meets against conference foes.  

• Heading into the conference title meet, the Crimson look to win its fourth straight. The last time Harvard won four consecutive Ivy League Championships was back at the turn of the millennium when it won titles in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

• Harvard returns to the pool for the first time since defeating both Princeton (192-161) and Yale (222-131) at the annual H-Y-P meet held at Princeton this year.

• Sophomore Umitcan Gures broke the program record in the 100-yard butterfly at H-Y-P, posting the Crimson's top time of the season at 45.48.

• First-year Will Grant registered the third fasted time in program history in the 200-yard backstroke at H-Y-P, touching the wall with a time of 1:42.15. Sophomore Jared Simpson was right behind Grant clocking in with a time of 1:45.22.

• Grant and fellow first-years Noah Brune and Cole Kuster were named to USA Swimming's "18 & Under World 100" list back in January.

• Distance swimmers, Brune and Kuster posted NCAA B-cut times of 15:13.18 and 15:14.03, respectively, at H-Y-P.

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.