Men’s Swimming and Diving Finishes Close Second at Ivy League Championship Meet

Men’s Swimming and Diving Finishes Close Second at Ivy League Championship Meet

Jacob Luna won the 200 butterfly Saturday (Ray Yeager).


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team held the lead heading into the final five events of the 2016 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Meet, but ultimately settled for second, falling just short of champion Princeton. The Tigers posted a winning tally of 1520.5 to edge the Crimson's 1499.

Harvard was holding steady to its lead in the early stages of Saturday's finals, getting a fourth-place finish from freshman Logan Houck in the 1650 freestyle and a runner-up showing by Jack Manchester in the 200 backstroke. Houck's 15:04.13 was good for an NCAA 'B' cut time, while Manchester's 1:43.35 was one of three times faster than the previous pool record in the 200 back.

Princeton began to gain ground on the Crimson in the 100 free, placing three swimmers in the top five to Harvard's one. Sophomore Ed Kim was the Crimson's top finisher, taking fourth in 43.73. Freshman Sebastian Lutz took seventh in the final, while junior Paul O'Hara proved to be the top finisher in the consolation final.

Junior Eric Rhonda recorded the Crimson's best finish in the 200 breast, claiming fourth with a time of 1:56.41.

Harvard looked to reclaim the momentum in the 200 butterfly with senior Jacob Luna winning the event in 1:44.27. Junior Max Yakubovich also took seventh for the Crimson, but Princeton had four finishers in the top eight.

Sophomore David Pfeifer took fourth in the three-meter dive, while freshman Luke Martinez won the consolation final with a score of 316.30.

Heading into the final event, Princeton needed to finish in the top two to secure the title and it went on to win the 400 free relay.

Harvard turns its attention now to the NCAA Championships, with the Zone Diving Regionals next weekend in Annapolis and the NCAA Championship meet in Atlanta, Georgia beginning March 24.