When you’ve been winning for 88 years, it’s hard to make a season stand out. As problems go, it’s a good one to have, but it’s the problem that the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team faced at the beginning of the 2017-2018 campaign.
All season, Harvard has risen to the occasion of high-stakes meets. This weekend was no different as the Crimson traveled to Minneapolis for the 2018 NCAA Championships and picked up eight All-America accolades en route to an 18th-place finish to close out its season. Six All-America honors from sophomore Dean Farris pushed Harvard to an 18th-place finish in the nation.
The Crimson took no chances in making sure that history didn’t repeat itself at this year’s championship meet, held this week at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J. Harvard led from the first event and eclipsed the rest of the Ivy League to capture the Ancient Eight crown for the second year in a row and the 25th time overall.
Harvard easily beat Yale, 242-111, and Princeton, 250-103, at Blodgett Pool. With the win, the Crimson closes out a second undefeated regular season in as many years and repeats as Ivy League Dual Meet champions.
The Crimson took on Bryant and Rider on senior night and downed its opponents, 218-81 and 223-76, respectively. The victory sees the Crimson remain undefeated not just at home, but across all dual meets this season.
With Brown suspended indefinitely, the Crimson breezed past the Quakers, 181-108, to maintain its perfect mark in dual meets and extend its run of wins against Penn to 47 straight.
Fresh off a winter training trip to Hawaii and in its first meet of the new year, the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team maintained its perfect dual meet record with a close 155-143 upset victory at No. 10 Arizona State.
For the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team, an early season tune-up offered much promise for the potential that this 2017-2018 team could reach. Several Harvard swimmers attended the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, while some divers attended the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.
This weekend, the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team continued its dominance in conference play, besting Columbia, 192-107, at Uris Pool in New York, N.Y. and smashing five pool records along the way.
After two resounding victories last weekend to open its 2017-2018 campaign, the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team will make the 200-mile trek to take on the Lions in its first away meet of the year.