ITHACA, N.Y. – The 23rd-ranked Harvard men's swimming and diving team swept its season-opening triple-dual meet at Cornell with Dartmouth on Friday. The Crimson cruised to a 210-83 victory over the Big Green and downed the Big Red, 194-101.
Harvard won 13 events and exhibitioned two others where it posted the best time among the field. Juniors Dean Farris '20 and Raphael Marcoux '20 each captured a trio of first-place finishes. Farris won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47.86 and claimed the title in the 200 version of the race (1:44.59). Marcoux, meanwhile, was the top performer in the 50 and 100 freestyle with marks of 20.64 and 45.59, respectively. The duo also teamed with Daniel Chang '20 and Umitcan Gures '22 to win the 200 medley relay (1:30.02).
Other Crimson student-athletes to win events include Brennan Novak '19 in the 200 free (1:39.42) and 500 free (4:27.17), Chang in the 100 breast (55.84), Austin Fields '20 in 3-meter diving (322.50), Logan Houck '19 in the 1,000 free (9:16.49), Jake Johnson in the 200 fly (1:49.38) and Hal Watts '21 in 1-meter diving (301.15).
- Harvard posted the top performance in 15 of 16 events. The Crimson exhibitioned the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Chang finished the 200 IM in 1:49.85, which was nearly five seconds better than the winning time of 1:54.40. Then the quartet of Mahlon Reihman '21, Marcoux, Levente Bathory '21 and Farris turned in a 400 free relay performance of 2:59.09, which outpaced the winner (3:06.93).
- The Crimson had multiple athletes finish in the top 5 in all 16 events and had at least three top-5 finishers in 11 competitions.
- Gures had impressive showing in his first meet with the Crimson, swimming the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay and capturing first place in the 100 butterfly (48.83).
- Harvard is now 56-2 all-time, including 12 straight victories, vs. Cornell.
- The Crimson improved to 76-11 all-time vs. Dartmouth and upped its record to 47-0 in its last 47 meets vs. the Big Green.
Harvard will continue its season-opening weekend on Sunday when its swimmers compete at Bryant at 11 a.m. The Crimson and Bryant divers, meanwhile, will be in action at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.