2017 Men's Swimming and Diving
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team will seek its 24th Ancient Eight title this week, as Blodgett Pool serves as the host venue for the 2017 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 22-25.
The meet will begin with a brief session Wednesday night and continue Thursday – Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. each day and finals at 6 p.m. A complete Ivy League Championship Meet schedule can be found HERE.
For the third time in the last four years, Harvard posted an unblemished Ivy League record. The Crimson won the Ivy League regular season title with a 6-0 mark and finished the year 10-0 overall. In addition to knocking off the six other championship eligible Ivy teams, Harvard defeated BYU, Utah, Denver and Boston College.
This year marked the second undefeated regular season in Kevin Tyrrell's four years as The Ulen-Brooks Head Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving. He also went 9-0 in 2014-15.
A LOOK BACK
Harvard took runner-up accolades for the second-straight season at last year's conference championship meet. The Crimson were in a fierce back-and-forth battle with Princeton last season, but came 21.5 points shy of the Tigers after the final event.
Seven individuals and three relay squads earned All-Ivy honors in 2016. Three individuals garnered first team recognition, as did two relay squads, with victories.
2016 FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY PERFORMERS
50 free – Paul O'Hara, Harvard (Jr. – Alexandria, Va.)
100 fly – Max Yakubovich, Harvard (Jr. - Beaverton, Ore.)
200 fly – Jacob Luna, Harvard (Sr. - Henderson, Nev.)
200 free relay – Harvard: Paul O'Hara (Jr. – Alexandria, Va.), Max Yakubovich (Jr. – Beaverton, Ore.), Steven Tan (So.- Aurora, Ill.), Sebastian Lutz (Fr. – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
200 medley relay – Harvard: Steven Tan (So. - Aurora, Ill.), Max Yakubovich (Jr. – Beaverton, Ore.), Shane McNamara (So.- Tappan, N.Y.), Paul O'Hara (Jr. – Alexandria, Va.)
IVY TITLE HISTORY
Since 1992-93, Harvard has finished no worse than second at the Ivy League Championships each season. In that span, the Crimson has captured 10 of its 23 Ancient Eight titles, with its most recent victory coming in 2014.
Harvard's 23 championships is second to Princeton's 31. The Tigers, which have won each of the last two league titles, is ineligible to compete in this year's event. Yale has the third most Ivy titles with 15, but has not earned that distinction since 1993.
Harvard Event Preview
At each distance of the freestyle events, Harvard has posted either the fastest, or second-fastest time, in each this season. At the 100 and 200 distances, freshman Dean Farris has led the charge with times of 43.45 and 1:34.01, respectively. Farris also has the second-quickest time in the 50 free at 19.82, just .07 shy of the top mark.
Brennan Novak and Logan Houck have paced the Crimson in the distance events. Novak has the top mark in the conference in the 500 at 4:19.99, over three seconds faster than the next best time. Novak also holds the second-best time in the 1,000 free and fourth in the 1,650. Houck's 15:04.91 is .39 off the top time in the 1,650.
Farris has also found success in the 100 back this season. His time of 47.69 at the Texas Invitational in December tops the Ancient Eight. Senior Jack Manchester is tied for the best mark in the 200, clocking in at 1:43.73. Penn's Grant Proctor has also registered that time this season.
Junior Shane McNamara will challenge for the title in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 54.20 was the second-fastest time registered in the Ivy League this season. Senior Eric Ronda's 54.97 was the eighth-best time. At the 200 distance, Ronda has the top Crimson time of 1:57.75, while freshman Daniel Chang is seventh.
Another stroke the Crimson will look to dominate are the butterfly events. Senior Max Yakubovich leads the field entering the championships with a time of 46.99 in the 100. Yakubovich has the second-best time in the 200, trailing teammate Sava Turcanu's 1:45.55. Junior Steven Tan and sophomore Sebastian Lutz have also posted times in the top six this year in the 100.
Junior Koya Osada and Daniel Chang will be the hunt for the top spot in the 200 IM, as the tandem has each recorded a 1:47.87 in the event, the second-fastest mark this year. In the 400, Chang is Harvard top swimmer with a 3:51.76, good for sixth, and senior Christian Carbone is seventh.
David Pfeifer, the runner-up in the one-meter last year, and Bobby Ross will lead the Crimson divers into this week's competition. Pfeifer also finished fourth on the three-meter board a year ago.