Over the weekend in Philadelphia, Harvard blew the doors off the Quakers and Bears for its two largest margins of victory this season. The Crimson medaled in every event of the eight-hour meet, taking multiple spots on the podium in most, en route to a 206-88 victory over Penn (7-3, 4-3) and a 226-74 win over Brown (5-3, 2-3).
The Crimson traveled out West for a pair of meets on Friday and Saturday, sweeping aside BYU (1-2) in Provo, Utah, before topping Utah (4-4) and No. 24 Denver (5-3) in Salt Lake City. The wins allowed Harvard (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) to maintain its unblemished record.
Competing in two meets, the Crimson faced some of the nation’s top programs and took a step towards its perpetual goal of establishing itself as a powerhouse team.
Double-digit Crimson swimmers picked up wins on Friday as Harvard toppled Columbia in decisive fashion, 190-102, at Blodgett Pool. The result extends the Crimson’s run of victories over the Lions to 11 in a row.
On Friday Harvard took a decisive first step towards the goal of a league championship, earning pair of wins over league rivals Dartmouth (0-2, 0-2) and Cornell (1-1, 1-1)
Outscoring its opponents 198-96, the Crimson had a strong showing in its first meet.
Although the start of the collegiate swimming season is still months away, 16 members of the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team took to the pool to compete at the highest national level this summer.
This weekend, the Crimson sent a handful of athletes to the NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. to face the nation’s fastest swimmers.
Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy League) held a close lead over the Tigers (7-0, 7-0) until the fourth-from-last event of the meet, but a late surge saw Princeton edge out the Crimson, 1520.5-1499. This weekend’s win for the Tigers at the Katherine Moran Coleman Pool in Providence, R.I. marked the second time in as many years that Princeton has topped Harvard for the Ancient Eight championship.
No men’s swim team other than Harvard or Princeton has been an outright Ivy League title winner since 1971.