The Crimson continues its quest for another Ivy Dual title with two wins on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the pool for the first time since it claimed the Ivy League Championship last spring, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team swept its tri-meet with Cornell and Dartmouth on Saturday in Blodgett Pool. The Crimson outscored the Big Red, 169-131, and the Big Green, 246-54.
Harvard collected nine first-place finishes and had top-3 finishers in all 16 events on the day, including two from Mike Mosca. The junior set a school record on the 3-meter dive with a stout 432.60, toppling Dan Watson's record set in 1985.
Between the lanes, the success started with the 200 medley relay. Freshmen Koya Osada, Shane McNamara, Steven Tan and Ed Kim lit up the lanes, finishing ahead of their teammates, Jack Manchester, Eric Ronda, Jacob Luna and Griffin Schumacher in 1:30.04 for a fast one-two punch to open things up.
Fellow rookie Kent Haeffner displayed his distance abilities in the 1000 free, taking third place in 9:33.44, before senior Spenser Goodman secured a top-spot in the quick 200 free. Goodman paced the pack in 1:40.01, just ahead of freshman Jack Boyd and senior Zach Walters. Goodman also took third in the 100 free.
Manchester and Tan duked it out for second and third in the 100 back, while McNamara and Ronda faired well for the Crimson in the 100 breaststroke, finishing first and fourth, respectively. Luna and Christian Carbone made it another one-two finish for Harvard in the 200 fly, as Luna captured the race in 1:49.12, just .37 ahead of Carbone. Sophomore Paul O'Hara lit up the 50 free, edging senior Schumacher by .14 to finish in 20.54.
On the boards, the men competed admirably, led by reigning two-time Ivy League champion and 2013 All-American Mosca. The senior swept both boards, collecting 315.60 points on the 1-meter and the record-breaking score of 432.60 on the 3-meter. Freshman Bobby Ross had a stellar debut in the diving well, securing a second place finish on 3-meter (331.65), while classmate David Pfeifer did the same on the 1-meter (302.25).
When all was said and done, Harvard improved to 18-1 in the last 19 dual meets versus Ivy League foes dating back to 2011-12. The Crimson is back in the pool once again next week when it hosts Columbia at 4 p.m. on Friday.