Men's Swimming and Diving Claims Nine of 16 Events to Edge Past No. 10 Arizona State

Men's Swimming and Diving Claims Nine of 16 Events to Edge Past No. 10 Arizona State

Senior Steven Tan won two of the Crimson's nine events as Harvard defeats No. 10 Arizona State, 155-143 (Gail Farris). 

TEMPE, Ariz. – Opening up the 2018 calendar year, the men's swimming and diving team captured nine of 16 events to finish against No. 10 Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. 

The Crimson set the tone of the meet early in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Dean Farris, senior Steven Tan, junior Sebastian Lutz, and senior Paul O'Hara edged out the Sun Devil foursome by a second to finish first with a time of 1:28.64.

Juniors Brennan Novak and Logan Houck claimed top two spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle, touching the wall with times of 9:03.25 and 9:10.66, respectively. Sophomore Zach Snyder was not far off the pace, finishing fourth and earning two points for the Crimson with a time of 9:24.75.

Earning two first place finishes on the day, Tan led the charge in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 20.26 as the Crimson swept the top three spots. Fellow senior Ed Kim followed up with a time of 20.58, while O'Hara was on his tail .6 seconds behind – 20.64.   

Later in the meet in the 100-yard butterfly, Tan claimed his second first place finish, touching the wall with a time of 47.64. The Illinois senior was one of two Crimson swimmers to earn first place finishes in two events on the afternoon. Farris was the second swimmer, finishing first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle with a time of 43.96 and 1:36.72, respectively.  

Sophomore Daniel Chang clipped a second off his best time of the season in the 200-yard breaststroke to finish first with a time of 1:58.67. Freshman Michael Zarian rounded out the five first place finishes for the Crimson, finishing first in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a time of 1:50.15.

Harvard's 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Ed Kim, Tan, Mahlon Reihman, and Farris bested the Sun Devils to by .5 seconds to finish first with a time of 2:58.20. The Crimson foursome of Raphael Marcoux, O'Hara, Sebastian Lutz, and Levente Bathory claimed fourth with a time o 3:06.25.

Senior Bobby Ross led Harvard divers in both the three-meter and one-meter dives. In the three-meter, Ross finished second earning 357.30 points, while posting a third place finish in the one-meter dive finishing with 326.70 points.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Five Crimson swimmers earned first place finishes – Tan and Farris led the way with two each.
  • Tan posted first place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (20.26) and 100-yard butterfly (47.64).
  • Chang finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:58.67.

What's Next
Harvard opens Ivy League action with a tri-meet against Brown and Penn in Providence at noon.