AUSTIN, Texas – The Harvard men's swimming team concluded its time at the Texas Invitational with yet another superb day between the lanes. The Crimson nailed down nine NCAA B Cut times on Saturday's evening session at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Harvard put together a strong showing overall, but especially in the mid-distance 200 butterfly event. Jacob Luna took eighth place (1:46.50) in the A Finals, while Max Yakubovich (1:47.63) landed in the B Finals and Leo Lim took first in the C Finals (1:46.73), just ahead of teammates Christian Carbone (1:46.79) and Sava Turcanu (1:48.08).
Sophomore Eric Ronda and Jack Manchester had great days individually as well, both placing fourth in the 200 breast and 200 backstroke, respectively. Ronda shaved just under a second off his prelims time to touch the wall in 1:55.71, while Manchester clocked in at 1:42.41 in his A Finals. Shane McNamara earned seventh place in the 200 breast for Harvard, while Koya Osada (1:45.52), Christian Yeager (1:46.51) and Tyler Rocca (1:49.29) both represented the Crimson in the finals of the 200 back.
The Crimson also held a strong contingent in the lengthy 1650 free as Mike Gaudiani led the pack in front of Kent Haeffner, Steven Kekacs, Reed Snyder and Sean Satterthwaite. In the 400 free relay, the Crimson sponsored two successful units, led by Spenser Goodman, Paul O'Hara, Steven Tan, Griffin Schumacher in fifth place. The quartet touched the wall in 2:56.28, just ahead of their counterparts, Zachary Walters, Jack Boyd, Ed Kim and Aly Abdel Khalik in 11th.
After the three-day event, Harvard will take the rest of the semester off before picking things back up with Duke and South Carolina on Jan. 10.