The Crimson seniors went out with an HYP sweep. (Harvard Swimming & Diving on Facebook)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team wrapped up HYP on Sunday, ending the day as repeat Ivy League dual season champions after defeating Yale and Princeton in Blodget Pool. The Crimson finish the season undefeated and sent its 13-member senior class out with victories over the Bulldogs (271-82) and Tigers (190-163).
After claiming six wins on Saturday, Harvard took home five more victories en route to the HYP sweep – its fourth in a row. Jack Manchester, Max Yakubovich, Jack Boyd, Mike Mosca and Eric Ronda all placed first in their respective events, while the Crimson picked up four 1-2 finishes to run away with the double-dual meet.
Princeton got things rolling with a pool- and HYP meet-record in the first event on Sunday, the 200 medley relay. But Harvard went 2-3 to keep its edge sharp. Steven Tan, Shane McNamara, Max Yakubovich and Griffin Schumacher touched the wall in 1:28.23, just ahead of teammates Jack Manchester, Eric Ronda, Ed Kim and Paul O'Hara behind them.
The Tigers stole 1-2 in both the 400 IM and the 100 free, back-to-back, making things interesting, but then the Crimson started to roll. Manchester and Koya Osada finished first and second, respectively, in the 200 back. Manchester was under a half-second away from setting an HYP meet record at 1:43.71, while Osada was close behind at 1:45.58. Mitchell Foster took fifth place (1:47.70) for a third top-5 finish for the Crimson.
Next, Yakubovich (47.75), Tan (47.93) and Jacob Luna (48.30) swept the 100 fly in style to give the Crimson an even bigger advantage between the lanes, while Jack Boyd extended the lead with another Harvard win in the 500 free, as the freshman clocked in at 4:25.07 to take the top finish.
Mosca then successfully swept the 1- and 3-meter boards with another impressive string of dives. Mosca collected 332.10 to complete the double-win. Freshman David Pfeifer had another solid outing, this time taking second place with his combined 307.45, while Bobby Ross claimed fourth behind the two.
The Crimson continued its torrid pace next with the 200 breaststroke as Ronda and McNamara went 1-2. Ronda nipped at an HYP meet record, but touched the wall in 1:58.20, just ahead of McNamara's 1:58.97 to essentially put things away for Harvard.
The Tigers stole the finale in the 400 free relay, but Harvard's Kim, Tan, O'Hara and Spenser Goodman took third to finish on a high note.
With the victory, Harvard ends its season with a perfect 9-0 record and an Ivy League dual title. The Crimson will be back in the pool later this month for the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Princeton.