CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a record-setting night for the Harvard men's swimming and diving team at the 2017 Ivy League Championship at Blodgett Pool. Harvard set records in four events, as freshman Dean Farris broke the previous standards in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Brennan Novak set the new school mark in the 1,000 free and the 400 medley relay shattered the prior school, pool and meet record. The stellar performances across the board for the Crimson all night have Harvard ahead, 1,122-906, over second-place Penn heading into the final day of competition Saturday.
Harvard's first win of the night came in the third event, as Yakubovich defended his title in the 100 fly. The senior clocked in at 46.54, good for a new personal-best and the second-fastest time in program history. Junior Steven Tan also reached the 'A' final, placing fourth. Ed Kim took third in the 'B' final.
Farris followed that up with another Harvard triumph, as he snapped the Blodgett Pool and Ivy Championship meet record on his way to the win in the 200 free. Farris' time of 1:31.56 was the fastest in the NCAA this year and the sixth-fastest of all-time. It bested the next closest swimmer Friday by 2.69 seconds and broke the previous Blodgett record that has stood since 1980. Senior Aly Abdel Khalik also posted a 'B' cut mark and took third.
Farris was not done though, as two events later he broke the school, pool and meet record in the 100 back. Farris ripped his way to a 45.38, just .01 off the NCAA 'A' cut and over a second faster than the Harvard school record previously set in 2006. His teammates followed his lead, as Jack Manchester took second, Yakubovich claimed third and junior Koya Osada touched in fifth.
The Crimson closed out the evening in an equally dominant fashion, as the 400 medley relay squad dispatched the previous school, meet and pool records in the event with an 'A' cut time of 3:06.98. Manchester, Shane McNamara, Yakubovich and Farris cleared the field by nearly five seconds on their way to the top of the podium.
Harvard opened up the evening with a strong showing in the 1,000 freestyle, highlighted by Brennan Novak setting the school record. The sophomore's time of 8:50.79 bested the previous school record by over four seconds and earned up runner-up accolades. Logan Houck and Zach Snyder also had solid performances finishing third and fourth, respectively, and were joined in the top 10 by sophomore Gavin Springer, who took seventh.
McNamara collected his own second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 52.76 was quicker than the previous pool record. Freshman Daniel Chang earned a spot in the 'A' final, placing sixth, while senior Eric Ronda won the 'B' final.
The Ivy Championships come to a close Saturday with the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, three-meter dive and the 400 free relay.