CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team (9-0, 6-0 Ivy) captured its second Ivy League Dual Meet Championship with a sweep of Yale (7-2, 5-2 Ivy) and Princeton (7-4, 5-2 Ivy) at the annual H-Y-P meet, which concluded Saturday afternoon.
Junior Brennan Novak highlighted day two, breaking the Blodgett Pool record in the 500 freestyle. Novak, who earlier this year took down Harvard's school record in the event, touched the wall with a time of 4:16.56 – .15 seconds better than the previous mark set by Yale's Kei Hyogo in last year's Ivy League Championship.
Sophomore Dean Farris took home three first place finishes. After collecting the top-spot in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke on the first day, the Atlanta native finished first in the 100 freestyle on day two with a time of 42.93.
On the first day of the meet, junior Logan Houck came close to eclipsing the Blodgett Pool record in the mile as he out-swam the rest of the pack. Well ahead of the next closest swimmer, Houck touched the wall with a time of 14:47.39 – the current Blodgett mark is 14:47.01.
Senior Steven Tan picked up two first place finishes. In the 50 freestyle on day one, Tan edged out Yale's Aaron Greenberg by one-hundredth of a second for first place, touching the wall with a time of 19.86. On the second day, he finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.41.
On the boards, senior David Pfeifer claimed a first-place finish in the three-meter dive, posting a score of 359.55. Sophomore Austin Fields finished third with a score of 340.75, while Bobby Ross placed fourth with score of 331.40.
Ross was Harvard's top finisher in the one-meter dive, posting a score of 306.90 to finish second in the event.
Harvard will try to defend its 2017 title with the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. beginning on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.