The Crimson had a successful first day in the pool in Austin. (Gil Talbot)
AUSTIN, Texas – On the first day of the Texas Invitational, the Harvard men's swimming and diving program grabbed 10 top-20 finishes, including two top-5 spots, against stiff competition. Along the way, the Crimson compiled eight NCAA 'B' cut times.
After a successful preliminary to start the afternoon, Harvard got off to a great start in the finals beginning with the 200 free relay. Paul O'Hara, Steven Tan, Max Yakubovich, Griffin Schumacher claimed fifth place overall, touching the wall in 1:19.21. Spenser Goodman, Jack Manchester, Jacob Luna, Ed Kim took 12th in 1:21.78.
Schumacher took 6th overall later on in the night in the 50 free after a gutsy swim. The senior co-captain clocked in at 19.64 in the prelims, before taking the top-10 finish in 19.72 at night. Sophomore Paul O'Hara placed second in the B Final in 20.16, after earning a spot in the finals with a 20.00 flat preliminary swim. Tan, Yakubovich and Kim nearly missed a B cut time in the 50 free as well with tough swims in the thrilling 50 free.
The fearsome foursome of Manchester, Ronda, Tan, Schumacher took the 400 medley relay by storm, finishing in 3:12.91, just a second off B time, to earn fifth place overall out of 24 quartets.
In the 100 fly, four Crimson earned evening swims, including Tan who claimed 11th. After swimming 47.44 in the prelims, Tan clocked in at 47.67 in the evening session. Yakubovich finished soon after in 18th with a time of 47.17. Representing Harvard in the C and D finals were Luna (48.33) and Kim (48.64).
Aly Abdel Khalik swam well in the finals after earning a spot, along with Spenser Goodman, Mike Guadiani and Eric Ronda. Khalik was the top Crimson finisher in 4:25.77 to take 15th, right ahead of Spenser Goodman in 16th (4:29.09).
Harvard had a great showing in the 200 IM with six total representatives in the evening. Christian Yeager (1:48.51) led the group of three B cut-earners, along with Koya Osada (1:48.59) and Jack Manchester (1:48.69). Luna followed shortly behind in 1:50.26, while Christian Carbone and Shane McNamara also touched the wall in the D finals.
Day two of the Texas Invite begins tomorrow for Harvard between the lanes.