Men’s Swimming and Diving Earns Three All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

Harvard earned three All-America awards on the second day of the NCAA Championships (Photo Courtesy: Justin Casterline).
Harvard earned three All-America awards on the second day of the NCAA Championships (Photo Courtesy: Justin Casterline).

Finals Results | Prelim Results

AUSTIN, Texas – Harvard men's swimming and diving earned three additional All-America honors on Thursday, just 24 hours after its 800 free relay team garnered All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.

The 200 free relay team featuring Raphael Marcoux, Dean Farris, Umitcan Gures and Grant Goddard finished in eighth place in the championship final with a time of 1:18.06, to take home All-America recognition. The quartet's effort marked the second time in as many days that a Crimson relay finished among the top eight nationally in 21 years. Earlier in the day during the preliminary heats, the relay set the program record with a performance of 1:16.43.

As the meet continued, next up was the 500 free with Brennan Novak taking centerstage. The senior gathered All-America recognition by placing eighth, finishing in 4:21.72. Novak earned a spot in the championship heat after turning a prelim time of 4:13.72.

In the final event of the day for Harvard, Farris recorded a sixth-place performance in the 50 free. The junior produced a time of 19.02, after setting the school record earlier in the day. Farris swam a sub-19-second preliminary race, touching the pad in 18.92.

Other Harvard swimmers to compete in the preliminary rounds were senior Logan Houck, sophomore Michael Zarian, junior Marcoux and first-year Gures.

Houck finished the 500 free in 4:21.46 to finish in 44th place with Zarian competing in the next race, the 200 individual medley, and registering a time of 1:44.94 (40th place). Marcoux and Gures, meanwhile, completed the 50 free in 19.58 (36th) and 19.88 (41st), respectively. 

The Crimson ended the preliminary heats with the 400 medley relay. The quartet of Gures, Daniel Chang, Zarian and Marcoux finished the race in 3:11.57 (26th).

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard is in seventh place with 70 points.
  • The 200 free relay performance in the preliminary heats (1:16.43) set the school record. The performance erased the old standard of 1:16.66, accomplished by Marcoux, Farris, Steven Tan '18 and Paul O'Hara '18.
  • Farris set a new program record in the prelims of the 50 free (18.92). The junior originally established the school record in 2018, when he turned in a time of 19.16.
  • After earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 500 free last season, Novak bettered that performance by finishing in the top eight nationally. He is the first Crimson swimmer to earn All-America honors in the event since John Cole '05 in 2002.
  • Harvard's 200 free relay earned All-America honors for the first time in program history. The Crimson picked up Honorable Mention accolades a year ago.
  • Farris is the first All-American in the 50 free since Bruce Hunter '61-3 in 1960.

Next Up

Harvard will return to the University of Texas campus on Friday morning for preliminary action starting at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. The prelims will be streamed at TexasSports.com. Should the Crimson advance to the finals of any event, those will begin at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT and appear on ESPN3.