Logan Houck scored wins in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle races Saturday (Ray Yeager).
LAS VEGAS – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team improved to 8-0 on the season Saturday, sweeping UNLV and Air Force in Las Vegas. The Crimson topped the Rebels, 188-105, and handed Air Force its first loss of the year with a 163-132 triumph.
Freshman Logan Houck procured the first individual victory of the meet for the Crimson, swimming to the top finish in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:16.42. Teammates Kent Haeffner and Gavin Springer were right behind him to round out the top-three. Harvard also dominated the 500 free later in the meet, led once again by Houck. Brennan Novak, Haeffner and Springer followed suit for the Crimson.
Harvard followed with another top-three finish in 200 free with Novak taking first with a 1:39.07, ahead of Ed Kim and Daniel Tran. In the shortest freestyle distance, 50 yards, Harvard came away with second, third and fourth place. Steven Tan was the leader of the Crimson pack, posting a time of 20.46, with Paul O'Hara and Sebastian Lutz touching the wall next. Tan also took third in the 100 free, behind Kim who finished in second with his time of 45.58.
Diving proved to be a clean sweep for the Crimson's David Pfeifer. With a score of 304.25, Pfeifer took the one-meter competition by four points over Air Force's Nathanael Zellweger. Those two were also the top performers in the three-meter event, but Pfeifer won by nearly 28 points in that event with a score of 347.10.
Moving into the backstroke, the Crimson registered another 1-2-3 showing in the 200 back. Tran led the Harvard contingent, coming in at 1:46.23, while Koya Osada claimed second and Jack Manchester came in third.
The 100 butterfly event saw Max Yakubovich earn the top spot on the leaderboard for the Crimson, posting a winning time of 48.64.
Early on in the meet, Harvard's 200 medley relay squad secured a runner-up finish. Tan, Shane McNamara, Yakubovich and O'Hara finished in a time of 1:29.24, just off the top mark. Osada also went on to take second-place accolades in the 100 back, as did McNamara in the 100 breast. Jacob Luna took the runner-up spot in the 200 fly, with Yakubovich touching in third.
Harvard returns to the pool next weekend at Princeton for the historic H-Y-P meet at DeNunzio Pool.