Men’s Swimming and Diving Wins Third Straight Ivy League Title

Harvard won the 2019 Ivy League championship for the third straight season (Photo Courtesy: Derik Hamilton).
Harvard won the 2019 Ivy League championship for the third straight season (Photo Courtesy: Derik Hamilton).

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team secured its third consecutive Ivy League title on Saturday after it won three events on the final day of the conference championship meet. The Ivy crown is the Crimson's fourth in the last six seasons.

Harvard finished with 1,432.50 points and cleared second-place Princeton (1,209.50 points) by 223 points. Penn came in third place with 1,120.50 points and was followed by Columbia (1,037) and Yale (1,035.50). Brown (884), Cornell (701.50) and Dartmouth (425.50) completed the rest of the standings.

The Crimson has now won at least three consecutive Ivy titles on four different occasions throughout its history. Harvard won four in row from 1973-76, seven straight from 1978-84, and four consecutive from 1999-2002, before the current streak it is on. Under The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving Kevin Tyrrell, the Ivy crown is the Crimson's fourth in six seasons.

Brennan Novak got the final session underway with a victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle. The senior capped his career with a winning time of 14:46.60, to give him back-to-back Ivy titles in the event. Novak was one of two Crimson swimmers to finish in the top three as Logan Houck took home bronze with an effort of 14:57.38.

Dean Farris, who caused a stir nationally on Friday after he posted the best 200-free time in the country, returned to Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center and won the 100-yard freestyle in record fashion. The junior's 41.42 set a new Ivy League, pool and school record. The NCAA A-cut was 0.50 better than his previous school-record performance established earlier this season at the H-Y-P meet.

First-year Jake Johnson set a Harvard record in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a time of 1:42.72. His runner-up effort catapulted him from No. 5 (1:45.34) in the Crimson record book to the top spot, surpassing Bill Jones '09 (1:43.24).

At the end of the championships, Novak and Farris were named the high point swimmers of the meet. Novak, along with Penn's Mark Andrew, took home the career high point swimmer award.

Harvard Highlights

  • Daniel Tran was the runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:44.32. Tran's prelim time (1:43.43) in the morning session was a season best.
  • Daniel Chang posted his best time of 2018-19 in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. He registered a time of 1:56.34, which was good for third place.
  • Raphael Marcoux finished the 100-yard freestyle in fourth place after completing the race in 43.10. His prelim time of 42.95 was the second-fastest in school history.
  • Michael Zarian came in sixth place in the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.38). Zarian's preliminary race time of 1:43.87, ranks third in program history.
  • Hal Watts finished in fifth place in the finals of the 3-meter diving competition. The sophomore totaled 314.05 points.
  • The Crimson 400-yard freestyle relay team came in second place with a time of 2:52.71 (No. 4 in school history). The quartet featured Marcoux, Mahlon Reihman, Umitcan Gures and Novak.
  • The Harvard men's and women's swimming and diving programs have now won the Ivy League title in the same year three times in the last six seasons (2014, 2018, 2019).

Next Up

The Harvard divers will prepare for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships which will begin on March 11, at Annapolis, Md.