Harvard men's swimming and diving crowned Ivy League Champions for 25th time in program history (Gavin Baker).
PRINCETON, N.J. – For the 25th time in program history and third time in five years, Harvard men's swimming and diving captured the 2018 Ivy League title, tallying 1,630.5 points over the four-day meet.
"We are thankful to our parents, alumni, administration, and supporters for their help this season," says The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving Kevin Tyrrell. "We look forward to our continued success at the NCAA Championship in a few weeks."
Junior Brennan Novak and sophomore Dean Farris earned the Phil Moriarty Award as the high-point swimmers of the meet. Between the two, the pair broke five Ivy League meet records. Farris broke meet and Harvard program records in 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and the 200 backstroke, while Novak secured the meet and program records in the distance events (500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle).
Novak opened the final night of the championship claiming the top spot in the mile race, touching the wall with an NCAA B-cut time of 14:46.17. Fellow distance swimmer and classmate Logan Houck joined him on the podium, placing second with a B-cut time of 14:51.64. Sophomore Zach Snyder finished fifth with a B-cut time of 14:59.59, while senior Kent Haeffner posted an eighth-place finish, touching the wall with another B-cut time of 15:15.35.
After posting the best time in the nation in the 200 free Friday evening, Farris continued his dominance, swimming away with the 200 backstroke title. The Atlanta native touched the wall with another NCAA A-cut time of 1:38.99, and in the process eclipsing the Harvard program record by one second and shattering the Ivy League meet record.
The Crimson closed out the 2018 championship securing its first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of senior Steven Tan, senior Ed Kim, senior Paul O'Hara, and Farris, touched the wall with an NCAA A-cut time of 2:51.43 to break the meet, pool, and Harvard records. Overall, the Crimson posted A-cut times in four of the five relays, while surpassing Harvard program records as well.
Senior Bobby Ross led the Crimson divers, posting a fourth-place finish with an A-cut score of 345.40, while senior David Pfeifer registered an A-cut score of 332.05 to finish sixth. Sophomore Austin Fields rounded out the Crimson with A-cut scores, tallying 329.90 in the B-final. Freshman Alec DeCaprio and Hal Watts finished seventh and eighth with 318.25 and 311.15 points, respectively.
2018 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Final Standings
1. Harvard – 1,630.5
2. Princeton – 1,285.5
3. Yale – 1,138
4. Columbia – 1,107.5
5. Penn – 1,032.5
6. Cornell – 800
7. Dartmouth – 561