Men's Swimming & Diving Dominates Columbia, 207-88

Men's Swimming & Diving Dominates Columbia, 207-88

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thanks to 14 event wins on the afternoon, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team captured its third Ivy League dual win of the season, downing Columbia, 207-88, on Friday in Blodgett Pool. The Crimson was buoyed by the usual cast of swimmers with some help from new faces as well.

In the day's first event, the 200 medley relay, Jack Manchester, Eric Ronda, Jacob Luna and Griffin Schumacher got the Crimson off the blocks to a hot start, claiming the event over teammates Koya Osada, Shane McNamara, Steven Tan and Paul O'Hara in 1:30.01.

Mike Gaudiani kept the momentum in the lengthy 1650 free, swimming to a first place finish in 15:47.98, just ahead of freshman Kent Haeffner, sophomore Cliff Goertemiller and junior Steven Kekacs. Harvard took another 1-4 finish in the 200 free, as Spenser Goodman led the pack (1:39.67) over Jack Boyd, Osada and Aly Abdel Khalik, respectively.

Manchester then took his second of three victories, taking the 100 back in 49.41. The sophomore also took the 200 back later on in the afternoon. Manchester was one of a few of sweeps for the Crimson, as Eric Ronda took home both the 100 breast and 200 breast events, while Schumacher took both the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Along with the 1650 free, Gaudiani stole the 500 free as well.

After Jacob Luna asserted himself in the 200 fly, it was the youth of Steven Tan and Max Yakubovich who stole the 100 fly, as the duo went one-two in 48.13 and 49.92, respectively, just ahead of Luna in third.

On the boards, missing Mike Mosca for the day, David Pfeifer and Bobby Ross competed admirably for the Crimson. Pfeifer outperformed everyone on the 1-meter boards, taking the event with 311.18 combined points, while Ross took third with 301.50. Ross, however, placed second in the 3-meter (332.03) displaying acute depth for the Crimson in the well.

With the win, the Crimson moves to 3-0 as it prepares for the upcoming Texas Invite (swimmers) and UGA Invite (divers) on Dec. 4.