AUSTIN, Texas and ATHENS, Ga. – Harvard split its squad for this week's competition and had both the swimmers and divers in action on Thursday. The swimmers found themselves at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas, with the divers competing at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens, Ga.
The Crimson opened the morning by qualifying Brennan Novak, Zach Snyder and Gavin Springer for the finals of the 500-yard freestyle relay. Novak recorded the program's top time this season (4:19.11) and in the process posted an NCAA Qualifying B Standard. Snyder (4:26.36) and Springer (4:29.23) also notched season-best times. The finals saw Novak finish in seventh place in the B-final (4:26.52), which was the best among the Crimson trio.
Next up on the schedule was the prelims of the 200-yard individual medley and Harvard had two student-athletes, Daniel Chang and Daniel Tran, qualify for the finals. Chang completed the race in 1:47.35 and Tran clocked in at 1:50.13. When it was time for the championship rounds, Chang emerged victorious in the C-final with a season-best time of 1:46.66, which was an NCAA Qualifying B Standard. As for Tran, he finished the D-final in 1:49.43, delivering the third-best time in the 8-man field.
Harvard closed Thursday's opening session in The Lone Star State with the prelims of the 50 freestyle. Dean Farris registered the third-fastest time at 19.49, becoming the first Harvard swimmer to break 20 seconds this season. It was also an NCAA Qualifying B Standard. Raphael Marcoux (20.24), Grant Goddard (20.69), Andrew Acosta (20.74), Mahlon Reihman (20.75) and Ryan Linnihan (21.01) each posted their fastest times of the campaign as well. In the final, Marcoux had the team's best showing, coming in seventh in the B-final (20.51).
In the first of two races that did not require preliminary heats – the 200 freestyle relay – Harvard had two relay teams in the top 10. The quartet of Farris, Marcoux, Goddard and Reihman came in fifth place with a season-best effort of 1:19.80. Levente Bathory, Acosta, Linnihan and Corban Rawls were 10th at 1:22.16.
The night closed with the racing of the 400 medley relay. Farris, Chang, Marcoux and Reihman finished in seventh place (3:10.38). Harvard's other quartets (Tran, Jared Simpson, Michael Zarian, Acosta; Eric Whisenant, Charles Vaughan, Daniel Kim, Goddard) completed the event in 3:17.82 and 3:21.56, respectively.
Down at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens, the Crimson had two divers compete in the preliminary round on the 1-meter board. Alec DeCaprio placed seventh with a season-best 286.65 points and Hal Watts followed in the eighth after accumulating 273.10 points.
After a mid-afternoon break, the finals commenced and saw DeCaprio earn a season-best and NCAA Qualifying Standard 307.10 points to come in sixth place. Watts, meanwhile, finished in eighth, with 271.30 points.
- Harvard recorded 10 season bests in Texas in the preliminary heats, covering three events (500 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley).
- The 200 freestyle relay team that posted the Crimson's best time of the year switched its order from the last time out. In Harvard's last meet vs. Columbia, the foursome went Marcoux, Goddard, Reihman and Farris. On Thursday, Farris swam the opening leg and the order after that remained the same.
- DeCaprio broke the 300-point barrier for the first time this season after his performance in Georgia. His previous season best was 283.88, accomplished vs. Columbia.
Harvard continues its split squad week tomorrow with the swimmers at the Hall of Fame Invitational and the divers at the Georgia Fall Invite. The action starts at 11 a.m. ET.