Men’s Swimming and Diving Posts Big Wins Over Cornell and Dartmouth

Men’s Swimming and Diving Posts Big Wins Over Cornell and Dartmouth

Shane McNamara and the 200 medley relay squad set the Teagle Pool record Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications).


ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving squad moved to 3-0 on the season with a pair of wins Saturday over Cornell and Dartmouth at Teagle Pool on the campus of the Big Red. Harvard topped host Cornell, 188.5-106.5, while triumphing over the Big Green, 208-87.  

"I was impressed with the way we competed today in picking up the two Ivy League wins," said Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving. "We put up good numbers across the board, but I was especially pleased with our 200 medley relay team setting the pool record today."

Competition between the three schools began Friday evening with the diving competitions. Sophomore David Pfeifer took the top spot in the 3-meter dive competition, beating out three Dartmouth divers with a score of 351.65. Pfeifer also finished third on the 1-meter board with classmate Bobby Ross taking the runner-up spot.

Swimming competition commenced Saturday with the Crimson's 200 medley relay squad setting a Teagle Pool record with a time of 1:30.16. That time was .72 faster than the previous record set in February 2014, with Koya Osada, Shane McNamara, Steven Tan and Paul O'Hara swimming for Harvard.

In the next two events, the 1,000 and 200 freestyles, Harvard swimmers finished 1-2-3. Freshman Logan Houck captured the victory in the 1,000 free with a speedy time of 9:12.83, while junior Sava Turcanu and freshman Gavin Springer rounded out the top three. In the 200 free, sophomore Jack Boyd earned first-place honors with his time of 1:40.93. Right behind him were Aly Abdel Khalik and Brennan Novak.

Tan notched his second victory of the meet in the 100 backstroke, touching in 49.23 to beat out Cornell's Dylan Sali. Junior Max Yakubovich earned the win in the 200 butterfly, edging teammate Jacob Luna by .43. Harvard continued to rack up the top finishes in the following event as junior Paul O'Hara and Sebastian Lutz posted the two fastest times in the 50 free at 20.71 and 21.02, respectively. O'Hara went on to grab second in the 100 free.

The 200 back saw the Crimson race away with the top three spots. Freshman Daniel Tran glided to a 1:47.66 time to win the event with senior Christian Yeager and junior Jack Manchester finishing next. Houck was back in the winner's circle in the 500 free, clocking in at 4:33.10. Fellow first-years Novak and Springer helped make it an all-Crimson top-three in that event.

For the third time of the meet Tan captured victory, winning the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.10. Yakubovich finished second in that event.

Harvard remains in Ivy League action for another weekend, travelling to New York Friday, Nov. 20 to take on Columbia at 6 p.m.