Men’s Swimming and Diving Posts Impressive Sweep Over Brown and Penn

Men’s Swimming and Diving Posts Impressive Sweep Over Brown and Penn

Daniel Tran and the Crimson remained unbeaten in the Ivy with wins over Brown and Penn Saturday (Ray Yeager).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its only meet of 2016, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team put together an impressive performance Saturday at Blodgett Pool, sweeping Ivy League foes Brown and Penn to improve to 5-0 in league action this season. The Crimson defeated Brown, 237-63, and topped Penn, 192-108.

"Today was a great showing for our guys," said Kevin Tyrrell, The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving. "For them to come out and perform as well as they did after our training trip to St. Croix was fantastic."

Harvard excelled all day in the pool, jumping out to an early advantage with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Koya Osada, Sebastian Lutz, Max Yakubovich and Paul O'Hara took the top honors with their time of 1:29.98. Just 0.25 behind them was Daniel Tran, Shane McNamara, Ed Kim and Steven Tan taking second for the Crimson.

The Crimson divers also had strong showings, led by sophomore David Pfeifer who won the one- and three-meter events. Pfeifer ran away with the victory in the three-meter, registering a mark of 347.20, nearly 60 points better than the second-place finisher. On the one-meter board, Pfeifer's score of 284.85 was just 3.70 ahead of freshman teammate Luke Martinez.

Tran would go on to have a great individual day, winning the 100 and 200 backstroke events, while also finishing second in the 200 IM.  His 200 time of 1:46.15 was just under the requirement for a NCAA 'B' cut time.  Harvard took second and third in the 200 back as well, with Jack Manchester and Osada touching next. The trio was also the top three in the 100 back, with Osada taking second in that event and Manchester claiming third.

McNamara finished atop the podium in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 55.63. He also went on to garner second in the 200 breast behind teammate Eric Ronda who won the event with a 2:02.65.

Yakubovich stood out in the butterfly events, sweeping the 100 and 200, before closing out the day as a member of the victorious 400 freestyle relay team. The junior posted a narrow margin of victory in the 200 fly as his time of 1:49.85 edged Riley Springman of Brown by 0.13. His separation in the 100 fly was just over one second with a finishing mark of 48.39. Joining him in the 400-free relay were Kim, O'Hara and Tan, recording a time of 2:59.89.

O'Hara and Kim kept the points coming for the Crimson in the 50 free with the junior taking the top spot with a time of 20.36 and his sophomore teammate earning second with a 20.66 mark, respectively.

Harvard is back in action next weekend, travelling to Nevada to face UNLV and Air Force in Las Vegas Jan. 23.