No. 25 Men’s Swimming and Diving Wins H-Y-P Meet at Blodgett Pool

Harvard men's swimming and diving won the annual H-Y-P meet at Blodgett Pool (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).
Harvard men's swimming and diving won the annual H-Y-P meet at Blodgett Pool (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).
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Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 25 Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving built on its first-day lead and cruised to a sweep of Yale and Princeton at the H-Y-P meet on Sunday at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson won the annual meet for the second consecutive season.

When the water settled, Harvard earned a 266-87 victory over Yale and a 216-137 win over Princeton. The Crimson finished the dual season with an 8-1 record and completed the Ivy League campaign with an unblemished record of 7-0.

In addition to the H-Y-P sweep, two school and pool records were set concurrently. Farris, who broke his own program record on Saturday in the 100 backstroke, was at it again, this time erasing his own 100 freestyle time from 2017 (42.06), and writing in his winning time of 41.92 at the top of the list. Later, Umitcan Gures followed suit with his 45.73 effort in the 100 butterfly. He nearly won the event by two full seconds (1.98) and knocked down Steven Tan '18 (45.87) into second place in Harvard 100 fly history.

The Crimson won five events on the day and were led off by its 200 medley relay team of Daniel Tran, Daniel Chang, Gures and Raphael Marcoux (1:27.72). After Farris and Gures turned in the top performances in their respective events, Logan Houck went on to win 500 free (4:19.26) and the 400 freestyle relay emerged victorious (2:54.75).

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard recorded its third straight undefeated Ivy League season and has won 46 of the last 47 conference duals, including the last 19 match-ups.
  • Michael Zarian (3:48.86), Chang (3:50.64) and Jake Johnson (3:51.31) all turned in season-best and NCAA B-standard times in the 400 individual medley. The trio finished 2-3-4.
  • Houck and Brennan Novak (4:22.69) came in first and second place, respectively, in the 500 free. Both were NCAA B-standard performances.
  • Alec DeCaprio and Hal Watts posted top-4 efforts on the 1-meter diving board. DeCaprio earned 328.25 points to finish in third, while Watts totaled 323.80 points. Both were season-best efforts.
  • The 400 free relay team of Mahlon Reihman, Andrew Acosta, Farris and Grant Goddard notched the fastest Harvard time of the 2018-19 campaign.

Next Up

Nationally ranked Harvard will begin preparations for the Ivy League Championships, which will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, Feb. 27-March 1.