Men’s Swimming and Diving Triumphant Over Penn and Brown

Max Yakubovich and the Crimson are 8-0 this year (Gil Talbot).
Max Yakubovich and the Crimson are 8-0 this year (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team collected two more victories Saturday, downing Penn and Brown in Philadelphia, to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. The Crimson defeated the Quakers, 206-88, and downed the Bears, 226-74.

Competition began Friday evening with the diving portion of the meet. Bobby Ross and David Pfeifer shined on the one-meter, finishing first and second. Ross took top honors with a score of 324.70, while Pfeifer came in at 319.55. On the three-meter, Pfeifer finished third and Ross fifth.

On Saturday afternoon, the Crimson swimmers made a statement with victories in each of the events competed. Standout freshman Dean Farris collected two individual wins and a relay victory. Farris was dominant in the freestyle events, claiming first in the 100 and 200, and second in the 50. In the 100, Farris clocked in at 44.72 and he took the 200 with a 1:36.68. His runner-up showing in the 50 free came to teammate Steven Tan, who touched the wall in 20.27. Tan also led a 1-2 punch for the Crimson in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.37. Max Yakubovich finished second for Harvard.

Farris, Yakubovich and Tan made up the first three legs of Harvard's victorious 400 free relay squad. Ed Kim served as the final leg of the quartet that clocked in at 3:00.18. In the 200 medley relay to begin the meet, Shane McNamara combined forces with Tan, Yakubovich and Kim for the victory in 1:28.70. Individually, McNamara earned the victory in the 100 breast with a time of 55.44, as Daniel Chang finished second. Chang was victorious in his own right in the 200 breast, winning with a time of 1:59.74, and also the 100 IM in 1:49.43.

The distance free events also saw Crimson post top performances, as Zach Snyder won the 500 and Brennan Novak claimed the 1000. Snyder took the 500 with his time of 4:28.34, finishing just ahead of Novak. Novak touched in 9:13.09 for the win in the 1000, leading teammate Logan Houck to the wall.

Harvard claimed three of the top four finishes in the 100 back led by Koya Osada's 49.42. Daniel Tran finished third and Jack Manchester in fourth. Tran would go on to earn the win in the 200 back with a time of 1:47.09, leading a 1-2-3 Crimson finish that included Manchester and Osada. Christian Carbone led the field in the 200 butterfly with a winning mark of 1:50.89 and Yakubovich finished third.

Harvard's next opponent is Boston College, as it will host the Eagles next Saturday at Blodgett Pool at 3 p.m. The meet will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.