Men's Swimming & Diving Sweeps Duke, South Carolina

Men's Swimming & Diving Sweeps Duke, South Carolina

The Crimson move to 5-0 in dual meets after the sweep on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)

DURHAM, N.C. – Behind eight overall wins, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team, ranked No. 19 by the CSCAA, took care of a pair of nonconference opponents in Duke and South Carolina on Saturday. The Crimson (5-0, 3-0 Ivy) downed the host Blue Devils, 199-95, and the Gamecocks, 180-120, in a tri-meet on the road.

Sophomore Jack Manchester took home two first place finishes on the day, sweeping the 100 and 200 backstroke events handily. Manchester (49.50) finished just ahead of teammate Koya Osada (49.85) and Steven Tan (50.47) in the 100, while heading up a 1-2-3 finish in the 200. Manchester took the even in 1:46.89, ahead of Osada (1:47.78) and Christian Yeager (1:50.14) for the sweep. The sophomore also took fourth place in the 200 IM, just behind Osada in second.

Senior co-captain Griffin Schumacher also took home two first place standings, earning wins in the 50 free and the 100 free. Schumacher edged out teammates Paul O'Hara and Ed Kim, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the speedy 50, before earning a win by .32 over Spenser Goodman in the 100.

Four other Crimson took first place in six different events as well, including Goodman's top finish in the 200 free. Goodman put together a strong race, touching the wall in 1:39.57, ahead of Aly Abdel Khalik in fourth, Zachary Walters in fifth and Jack Boyd in eighth.

Christian Carbone kept up the pace in the 200 fly, clocking in at 1:50.31 for another top finish. Leo Lim followed up with a third place finish in the event, just over a second behind his teammate, followed by Max Yakubovich in fifth and Jacob Luna in sixth.

On the boards, Mike Mosca finished above everyone on the 3-meter boards, compiling a score of 369.45 to earn the win. Freshmen David Pfeifer and Bobby Ross took fourth and fifth place as well in the event. Mosca, however, was edged on 1-meter by South Carolina's Cole Miller, who took first. Mosca's 313.25 earned him a third place finish, just ahead of Pfeifer and Ross in fourth and fifth once again.

Steven Tan continued Harvard's success with his victory in the 100 fly. Tan finished head of Yakubovich and Luna with his 48.73 mark. In the meet's final event, the Crimson closed out Saturday with a dominating win in the 400 free relay. O'Hara, Shane McNamara, Ed Kim and Goodman combined to take the event in 3:02.62 to secure the tri-meet victory.

The Crimson treks on back into Ancient Eight meets with a visit to Providence, Rhode Island, for a date with Brown and Penn on Saturday.