Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes Early Lead at Ivy League Championship Meet

Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes Early Lead at Ivy League Championship Meet

Paul O'Hara won the 50 free and was the opening leg of the victorious 200 free relay (Ray Yeager).


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving squad has the early lead at the 2016 Ivy League Championship Meet, scoring 466 points to lead Princeton which tallied 437. The Crimson notched victories in the 200 freestyle relay, as well as in the 50 free by Paul O'Hara.

The finals opened up Thursday evening at Coleman Aquatics Center at Brown with the 200 free relay. Harvard and Princeton battled all the way to the finish, but it was the Crimson that touched the wall first in 1:17.55. O'Hara provided the first leg, with Max Yakubovich, Steven Tan and Sebastian Lutz rounding out the foursome.

Event four of the evening was the speedy 50 free competition and once again O'Hara was at the front of the pack. The junior clocked in at 19.59, winning by .04 over Princeton's En Wei Hu-Van Wright. Tan and Sebastian Lutz also reached the finals, capturing fourth and sixth, respectively. Harvard's Ed Kim won the consolation final in the 50 free in a time of 19.82.

In the 500 free, sophomore Jack Boyd broke the pool record in the consolation final, taking the top spot with a time of 4:18.07. Chris Swanson of Penn then broke that mark in the finals, while Aly Khalik Abdel finished fifth and Logan Houck took sixth. Harvard was also victorious in the C-final of the 500 free as Kent Haeffner clocked in at 4:24.85.

On the one-meter board, sophomore David Pfeifer challenged for the top spot, but eventually took runner-up honors with a 300.30 score. Classmate Bobby Ross finished sixth with a 287.35.

Christian Yeager was Harvard's top finisher in the 200 IM, earning sixth with a time of 1:47.24. Daniel Tran punched in eighth in the event.

The day one finals ended with the Crimson garnering second place in the 400 medley relay. Tan, Shane McNamara, Yakubovich and Lutz combined to clock in at 3:10.56, faster than the previous school record, but just shy of Princeton's winning team.

Day two continues Friday with the prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.