Men’s Swimming and Diving Defeats Columbia, 209-86

Daniel Chang won two events and swam a leg on the successful 400-yard medley relay.
Daniel Chang won two events and swam a leg on the successful 400-yard medley relay.
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Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team remained undefeated after dismissing Columbia, 209-86, Friday afternoon at Blodgett Pool. The decision ran the Crimson's record to 4-0 (3-0 Ivy League) with the Lions dropping to 1-3 (0-3 Ivy League).

Harvard dominated Columbia from the outset, grabbing first place in the 400-yard medley relay. The quartet of Dean Farris, Daniel Chang, Umitcan Gures and Raphael Marcoux turned in a time of 3:15.60. The win set the tone for an afternoon that saw the Crimson take the first 14 events.

Chang and Marcoux each tasted victory three times with both winning a pair of individual events to go along with the meet-opening relay win. Chang recorded the fastest time in the field in the 100- and 200-yard breast, finishing in 55.92 and 1:59.51, respectively. Marcoux, meanwhile, won the 50 free in 20.23 and the 100 free in 45.08. Both were season-best marks.

Brennan Novak and Daniel Tran shined individually as both were two-time winners. Novak, a senior, captured gold first in the 1,000 free (9:11.96) and then in the 500 free (4:29.73). Tran excelled in the backstroke, winning the 100 in a season-best 49.20, and followed it with a 1:47.24 effort in the 200.

Harvard Highlights

  • Dean Farris and Gures each took first place in one event in addition to swimming legs on the winning 400 medley relay. Farris won the 200 free in 1:36.99, while Gures was the top performer in the 100 fly (season-best 48.34).
  • The Crimson swept both diving events. Hal Watts was the champion on the 1-meter board after earning 301.13 points. Alec DeCaprio, meanwhile, finished in first with 315.08 points in 3-meter diving. Watts surpassed the NCAA Zone A Diving Standard of 300 points.
  • Jacob Johnson was superb in the 200 fly, winning that competition with a time of 1:48.90. It represented his second win in the event this season.
  • Harvard fared well in the 200 free relay as the foursome of Marcoux, Grant Goddard, Mahlon Reihman and Farris posted the race's fastest time (1:20.26). With the outcome already decided, Harvard exhibitioned the event.
  • The Crimson improved to 69-5 all-time vs. Columbia and have won 13 straight meets against the Lions.

Next Up

Harvard will be action after taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Crimson swimmers will go to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invitational (Nov. 28-Dec. 1) and the divers will head to the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens (Nov. 30-Dec. 2).