Men’s Swimming Tops Denver and Utah to Complete Weekend Sweep

Daniel Chang and the Crimson defeated Denver and Utah Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Daniel Chang and the Crimson defeated Denver and Utah Saturday (Gil Talbot).

SALT LAKE CITY – The Harvard men' swimming team completed the weekend sweep Saturday, topping Denver and Utah in Salt Lake City. Harvard defeated Utah, 192-133, while beating Denver, 196-124. The Crimson also defeated BYU Friday night during its trip to Utah.

Harvard jumped out to a quick lead, winning four of the first five events. The 200 medley relay squad of Steven Tan, Shane McNamara, Max Yukobivich and Dean Farris finished ahead of the Utah squad by nearly two seconds to take the top spot in the opening event. Sophomore Brennan Novak followed that up with a triumph in the 1000 free with a time of 9:29.11. Logan Houck and Gavin Springer took third and fourth.

Farris notched Harvard's next victory in the 200 free, outpacing a Utah freshman with his time of 1:38.42. Classmate Zach Snyder touched in third place in the event.

Another member of the victorious 200 medley relay team, McNamara earned an individual victory in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.16. Teammate Daniel Chang finished a close second and Eric Ronda came in fourth. Christian Carbone was the top Harvard finisher in the 200 butterfly, coming in third.

The 50 free was a closely contested affair, as Harvard's Steven Tan registered a runner-up finish by just .05 with his mark of 20.83.

Farris garnered his second individual victory of the meet in the 100 free, beating a competitor from Denver to the wall with his time of 45.40. Koya Osada narrowly missed winning the 200 backstroke, but took second in 1:48.42. Daniel Tran and Jack Manchester finished third and fourth, respectively.

Harvard claimed the top-two finishes in the 200 breast led by Chang and followed by Ronda. Chang clocked in with a winning time of 2:01.76. Snyder and Novak each picked up another top-three finish in the 500 free, with Snyder to the wall in 4:26.61.

Tan notched Harvard's final individual victory in the 100 fly with his time of 48.80. The Crimson closed out the meet with another relay victory, capturing the 400 free in 3:01.45. Ed Kim, Manchester, Raphael Marcoux and Farris made up the winning quartet.

Harvard is back at it next weekend, returning to Ivy League competition against Penn and Brown in Philadelphia.