The Crimson sit in second place after two days. (Ivy League)
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team kept pressing on Day 2 of the Ivy League Championships, raking in eight top-five finishes in A Finals on the evening. Though the Crimson enjoyed its success, Princeton still holds the overall lead by 151.5 points.
The host Tigers head into the final day of competition with 1026 points, just ahead of Harvard in second with 874.5. Yale (764) is close behind, while Penn (725), Columbia (636), Cornell (450), Brown (413) and Dartmouth (289) round out the Ancient Eight in order after two full days of events.
Max Yakubovich had the best finish all night for Harvard, taking second in the 100 fly after dropping a time of 46.88. Freshman Steven Tan grabbed sixth in the A Final (47.89), while Jacob Luna took first in the B Final (48.10).
Freshman Jack Boyd was the Crimson's best finisher in the 1000 free, taking fourth in 9:04.18 (nearly a half minute faster than his seed time), while senior co-captain Mike Gaudiani was not far behind in ninth with his finish in 9:08.34.
Christian Carbone took another top-five finish for the Harvard swimmers, taking third in the 400 IM with an NCAA 'B' cut standard in 3:46.76, three seconds faster than his prelims in the morning. Classmate Christian Yeager also had success in the A Final, taking seventh in 3:49.47, while Koya Osada took third in the B Final with his swim of 3:51.42.
In the 200 free, sophomore Aly Abdel Khalik and senior Spenser Goodman went 4-5 in the A Finals for solid points. Abdel Khalik touched the wall in 1:36.40, just head of Goodman by 0.05 in the speedy race. Shane McNamara continued things with his 53.71 time in the 100 breaststroke event for a fourth place finish, while Eric Ronda stole first in the B Final in 54.41 for 20 more team points in hand.
Jack Manchester took fifth in the A Finals of the 100 back, clocking in with yet another NCAA 'B' time of 47.84. Not far behind was Tan, who raced in his second A Finals of the day. Tan wrapped up the 100 back in eighth with his 48.40 time.
To close out the night, the Harvard quartet of Goodman, Abdel Khalik, Paul O'Hara and Boyd finished third in the lengthy 800 free relay. The four Crimson clocked in at 6:32.74 to inch closer to Princeton.
Harvard looks to jump out on the competition on the final day of the Ivy League Championships with prelims beginning at 11 a.m.