Men’s Swimming and Diving Maintains Grasp on First at Ivy League Championship Meet

Men’s Swimming and Diving Maintains Grasp on First at Ivy League Championship Meet

Steven Tan scored in the finals of three events Friday (Ray Yeager).


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With 1,018 points, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team carries a 52.5-point advantage into the final day of the 2016 Ivy League Championship Meet Saturday. Princeton stands in second with 965.5 points, while Penn is third with 831.5.

Similar to Thursday night, the Crimson started the Friday finals with a victory in a relay event. Sophomores Steven Tan and Shane McNamara, with juniors Max Yakubovich and Paul O'Hara, glided their way to a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay with a new pool record time of 1:25.57.

Yakubovich and Tan continued to tally the points for the Crimson in the 100 butterfly. With a time of 46.59, Yakubovich won the event by 0.20, while Tan claimed fourth in 47.26, both NCAA 'B' cut marks.

The trio of Yakubovich, Tan and Jack Manchester all reached the finals of the 100 backstroke. Yakubovich was the top Crimson finisher in fourth with a 47.61 mark, while Manchester and Tan came in seventh and eighth, respectively. Harvard also had the top finisher in the consolation final of the 100 back, as sophomore Koya Osada touched the wall in 47.76.

Following the 100 fly, the Crimson notched back-to-back runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. In the 200 free, junior Aly Abdel Khalik put together a strong performance as the only Harvard swimmer in the finals, clocking in at 1:36.77. In the 100 breast, McNamara earned another spot on the podium with his second-place time of 53.60. That mark was faster than the previous pool record and good for an 'B' cut mark. McNamara also swam in the C-final of the 400 IM, claiming victory in the race with a time of 3:53.98.

Harvard had three of the top-six finishers in the 1,000 free, led by freshman Logan Houck's third-place showing. Houck's time of 8:56.18 was among the top-four times that were all faster than the previous pool record. Fellow freshman Brennan Novak and sophomore Kent Haeffner came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Crimson closed out Friday action with a fourth-place result in the 800 free relay. Novak, Abdel Khalik, Ed Kim and Jack Boyd represented the Crimson in the event, registering a time of 6:31.17.

The 2016 Men's Ivy League Championship Meet comes to a close Saturday, with the last round of prelims at 11 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.