Harvard put itself in a fine position to clinch its fourth consecutive HYP. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Winners of six of the first 10 events to start HYP, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team put itself in prime position to carry momentum into Day 2 versus Yale and Princeton, gaining an edge over the Bulldogs (142-44) and Tigers (102-84) on Day 1 in Blodgett Pool.
After taking a second place finish in the opening 200 free relay event, as Ed Kim, Steven Tan, Paul O'Hara and Griffin Schumacher touched the wall a mere .26 seconds behind Princeton's quartet, the Crimson swam to three wins in a row starting with freshman Jack Boyd's victory in the 200 free. Boyd was two seconds off the HYP meet record, clocking in a 1:37.25 to take first as teammate Spenser Goodman was very close behind with his time of 1:37.43.
Jack Manchester again proved his mettle in the 100 back, setting a HYP meet record in the process. Manchester's ferocious pace led him to a win in 47.87, downing Harvard's David Cromwell's 2006 meet record by .03 seconds.
Freshman Shane McNamara continued Harvard's youthful dominance next as he and sophomore Eric Ronda stole first and second, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke event. McNamara touched in 54.53, while Ronda was not far behind in 55.08 for the Crimson's second 1-2 finish in four events to start the meet.
Paul O'Hara swam an even 20.00 in the quick 50 free, not far off Oliver Lee's meet record set two years ago. His first place finish was the fourth of the day for the Crimson, pushing its lead further ahead of the Bulldogs and Tigers' grasp.
The Harvard divers, among the best in the Ivy League, dominated the competition, claiming the top-three spots on the 3-meter boards. 2014 All-American Mike Mosca led the way with his impressive score of 420.05. Mosca led the pack, in front of freshmen Bobby Ross (334.25) and David Pfeifer (330.90), both of whom continued their notable freshman seasons.
After Mike Gaudiani was Harvard's top finisher in the mile – placing fourth in 15:34.62 ahead of Kent Haeffner (15:35.10) – the Crimson closed out the night with a first and third-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Koya Osada, Eric Ronda, Max Yakubovich and Spenser Goodman all combined to take down the field in 3:14.60, edging out Princeton's unit by 0.08. Manchester, McNamara, Jacob Luna and Schumacher all placed third to extend Harvard's lead to give the Crimson momentum heading into Day 2 on Sunday.
Action picks back up on Senior Day for Harvard in Blodgett Pool at 12 p.m.