Slew of Pool Records Fall as Men’s Swimming and Diving Routs Cornell and Dartmouth

Dean Farris shattered records in the 100 back and 200 free Friday night (Gil Talbot).
Dean Farris shattered records in the 100 back and 200 free Friday night (Gil Talbot).

Freshman Farris broke two individual pool records at Dartmouth Friday (Gil Talbot).


HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team made quite a statement in its season opener Friday, breaking six pool records, while winning 13 events, to defeat Cornell and Dartmouth in New Hampshire by identical 198-96 scores.

Freshman Dean Farris led the record-breaking charge in Karl Michael Pool, accounting for two solo efforts and contributing on a relay. Farris' first pool record came in the 100 free when his mark of 44.00 broke Adam Powell's 2011 record of 44.83. Ed Kim and Steven Tan were the next two swimmers to touch the wall in the event. Farris next took the top podium spot while breaking the pool record in the 100 butterfly. The Atlanta native won the event by 1.81 seconds in 48.43.

Farris' third pool record came as he was the second leg of the Crimson's 400 free relay. Competing in an exhibition heat in the final event of the meet, Ed Kim led Harvard into the pool, followed by Farris, Steven Tan and Max Yakubovich. The quartet posted the first sub-3:00.00 time in Karl Michael Pool history at 2:59.44.

Tan was also involved in Harvard's first pool record of the meet in the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Koya Osada, Shane McNamara, Tan and Paul O'Hara snapped Princeton's 2012 record by 0.55 with their finishing time of 1:30.47.

A second freshman, Daniel Chang had a tremendous first collegiate meet, setting two individual pool records of his own. In the 200 breast, Chang and senior Eric Ronda both recorded times that were better than the previous fast mark. Chang's time of 1:59.97 took the top spot with Ronda's 2:00.53 good for second and both time's better than the 2012 record of 2:01.17. McNamara took third in that event to give the Crimson a clean sweep of the top finishes. Chang's second pool record came in the 200 IM event during an exhibition heat. His 1:49.38 time edged the prior record of 1:49.54. The Johnson City, Tennessee native also took first place in the 100 breast with a time of 55.89. McNamara placed second in 56.19.

The divers also did their part in the winning effort, finishing 1-2 in both the one- and three-meter events. Junior Bobby Ross claimed first with a 335.50 score in the three-meter, narrowly beating teammate David Pfeifer's 332.80. Pfeifer, though, would claim top honors in the one-meter event with a tally of 308.95. Freshman Austin Fields took second with a 298.95 in his first collegiate event.

The success for the Harvard rookies continued in the 200 free, as freshman Zach Snyder won the event by over two seconds with a time of 1:40.25. Snyder was also triumphant in the 500 free with his time of 4:49.90. Teammate Logan Houck placed second in the event.

The victories kept coming for the Crimson, as Osada earned wins in the 100 (49.58) and 200 back (1:47.50), Sava Turcanu in the 200 butterfly (1:53.05) and Tan in the 50 free (20.81).

Harvard returns to the action next Friday, welcoming Columbia to Blodgett Pool for a 3 p.m. meet that can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.