CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The 2014 edition of the Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships get underway Thursday morning at Harvard University's Blodgett Poll.
The Ivy League® Digital Network will have live wire-to-wire coverage all three days, beginning each morning at 11 a.m. with preliminary heats through the daytime diving prelims and right through to the final relay each night at around 8 p.m.
Princeton has won five consecutive Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. A year ago, Princeton and Harvard went down to the wire with the Tigers grabbing the title in the next to last event.
Is this the year that Princeton gets dethroned? It has been nearly 50 years since one school won six straight Ivy League men's swimming & diving titles...and that was well before the current championships meet format.
It has also been since 1993 that a team not named Harvard or Princeton claimed the crown. Could this be the year for a new champion? Considering the Tigers and Crimson combine for 85 top-10 seed times in the 14 individual swimming events, it could be quite a monumental task.
Here is a quick look at some of the key members for each of the eight squads:
Despite going winless in the Ivy League dual meet season, the Bears have several strong entries for this weekend's championship. Sophomore Cory Mayfield has solid seed times in the distance events. Senior Tommy Glenn, an Ivy champion in two events a year ago in his home pool, has the top 100 and 200 butterfly times. Jeffrey Strausser also has the third-fastest 100 free and fourth-fastest 50 free.
The Lions finished tied for third in the dual meet season, finishing 4-3 in the League and 6-4 overall.
Junior David Jakl has the fifth-best seed time in the 100 butterfly, while junior Kevin Quinn has the third-best seed in the 200 butterfly. Junior Micah Rembrandt is expected to contend in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions.
The Big Red's freshman Dylan Sali has a pair of top-10 seed times in both backstroke events. Sophomore Victor Luo also seeds well in the breaststroke. Senior Phillip Truong will contend in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions.
The Big Green's returns last year's Phil Moriarity High Point Swimmer of the Meet in Senior Nejc Zupan. Zupan won three individual events last year, including an Ivy League Championship record in the 200 breaststroke. He has the top seed time in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and a top-10 seed in the 200 IM. Sophomore Brett Gillis will contend in the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Sophomore James Verhagen has the third-best seed time in the 100 backstroke.
The Crimson earned a Top 20 national ranking during the regular season and claimed their second-straight Ivy League Dual Meet title. Unlike the dual meet title, the Ivy League Championships becomes a battle of depth to win the title... and the Crimson might just have it while also swimming in their home pool.
Harvard has 41 top-10 seed times across all of the events with at least two in just about every event. Freshman Aly Abdel Khalik, Freshman Cliff Goertemiller and sophomore Tyler Rocca are strong in the distance swims. Junior Griffin Schumacher and senior Oliver Lee are 1-2 on the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle seed lists.
Freshman Jack Manchester has the top seed time in the 200 backstroke. Sophomores Christian Yeager and Christian Carbone are strong in the individual medleys. Junior Mike Mosca also returns to defend his one-meter and three-meter diving titles.
The Quakers finished tied for third in the dual meet season, finishing 4-3 in the League and 6-4 overall.
Freshman Jack Stein is looking to make some noise in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions after a solid rookie regular season. Sophomore Chris Swanson has the best 500 freestyle seed time and the second-best in both the 1,000 and the 1,650. Swanson won the 1,650 last year.
Senior Rhoads Worster has solid seed timeq in the individual medleys and the 200 butterfly, while junior Dillion McHugh looks strong in the backstroke. Sophomore Eric Schultz has the third-best seed in the 50 free.
The Tigers will go for their sixth straight Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships title. You have to go back to the 1960s to find a team (Yale) that has won at least a share of six straight titles. And that was when the Ivy champ came from the dual meet trophy winner.
Princeton has more than its share of top seeds in this championship to show its depth, as well... 44 of them in the top 10 of events, to be exact. Sophomore Teo D'Alesandro is the top seed in the 200 IM, one of four top 10 seeds for the Tigers in the event. The versatile D'Alesandro is also the top seed in the 400 IM and the 200 free and is seeded highly in several other events. Junior Harrison Wagner and sophomore En-Wei Hu-Van Wright lead a solid group in the sprints. Wagner won the 50 free last year. Sophomore Zachary Ridout and senior Paul Nolle have top-10 seeds in the distance events. Junior Michael Strand is a serious threat in the backstroke and the butterfly. He is the top seed in the 100 backstroke, an event he won a year ago. Junior Michael Manhard and senior Mark O'Connell will challenge in the diving events.
The Bulldogs have won 15 titles all-time, but are looking for their first since 1993.
Junior Rob Harder won Ivy titles in the 500 and the 1,000 last year. He is seeded third in the 500, directly behind teammate sophomore Brian Hogan. The versatile Hogan is the top seed in 1,000 and the 1,650 and the second seed in the 400 IM and 200 IM. Harder is the second seed in the 200 backstroke, as well.
Juniors Andrew Heymann and Ronald Tsui are top 10 seeds in the breaststroke events. Senior Tyler Pramer will look to make a run at the top in the one-meter and three-meter diving.