Pool Records Guide Men’s Swimming and Diving to 220-79 Victory Over Columbia

Pool Records Guide Men’s Swimming and Diving to 220-79 Victory Over Columbia

Koya Osada set the Uris Pool record at Columbia in the 200 backstroke Friday (Ray Yeager).

NEW YORK – Sophomore Koya Osada (200 backstroke) and the 200 freestyle relay team set Uris Pool records Friday evening, guiding the Harvard men's swimming and diving team to a 220-79 triumph over Columbia. The victory pushes the Crimson to 4-0 on the season.

The 200 back event saw the Crimson take the top-three spots, led by Osada's record-breaking time of 1:45.77. Senior Christian Yeager and junior Jack Manchester touched next for the Crimson. Osada was also victorious in the early stages of the meet, taking the top spot in the 200 medley relay with Shane McNamara, Steven Tan and Paul O'Hara.

Harvard capped the meet out with another relay win, as its 200 free squad of Paul O'Hara, Max Yakubovich, Sebastian Lutz and Tan took down the Uris record and set the new standard with its finishing time of 1:20.74.

In addition to the 200 medley relay win, Harvard claimed victories in each of the swimming events between both diving board competitions. Freshman Logan Houck earned first in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:14.13 and his teammates Brennan Novak and Kent Haeffner made it an all-Harvard top three. Jack Boyd and Sava Turcanu secured the top-two finishes in the 200 and 500 free events. The 100 back was up following the 200 free and Harvard swimmers took the first four spots. Freshman Daniel Tran led the way with a 50.05 mark, followed up by Jack Manchester, Grant Goddard and Ed Kim. Tran later earned first-place honors in the 200 IM, ahead of Yeager and Osada, with a time of 1:50.23.

In a very close race, sophomore McNamara edged Columbia's Jia Hao Ng in the 100 breaststroke by .19 for the win. Harvard followed up with dominant team finishes in the 200 butterfly and 50 free. Senior Leo Lim led a contingent of three top finishers in Crimson, while Tan was first among four Harvard competitors in the 50 free. Tan followed one victory up with another, winning the 100 free by over a second.

Junior Eric Ronda found the winner's circle in the 200 breast, touching in 2:02.07. McNamara was right on his heels, finishing .83 seconds later. Yakubovich clinched an individual victory in the 100 fly with his 48.95 time.

Harvard's next dual meet action will occur after the New Year when it hosts Boston College at Blodgett Pool Jan. 12. The Crimson next competition is in the Texas and Georgia Invitationals the first week of December.