No. 23 Men’s Swimming and Diving Captures Regular Season Ivy Title with Win at Yale

Max Yakubovich and the Crimson finished the regular season undefeated after its win at Yale (Gail Farris).
Max Yakubovich and the Crimson finished the regular season undefeated after its win at Yale (Gail Farris).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team earned the Ivy League regular season championship after downing Yale, 225-128, this weekend. The Crimson finish the year 6-0 in conference and 10-0 overall. This marks the third time in the last four years that Harvard has finished undefeated in the Ivy League.

Competition started Saturday night with Harvard winning six of the 10 swimming events competed, as well as the three-meter dive. Harvard's swimming victories included two relay victories, as Harvard posted the top times in the 200 free and 400 medley events. Dean Farris, Sebastian Lutz, Steven Tan and Ed Kim joined forces to win the 200 free relay in a time of 1:19.74, the fastest time in that event in the Ivy League this season. Koya Osada, Shane McNamara, Max Yakubovich and Farris comprised the 400 medley squad that took top honors in 3:13.06.

Farris also led the Crimson to victory in the first individual event of the meet, winning the 200 free by 1.76 seconds with a time of 1:34.01. Harvard continued to rack up the wins Saturday evening, taking the top two spots in the 100 backstroke and breaststroke. Osada and Jack Manchester led the charge in the 100 back, with Osada touching the wall in 49.11. Shane McNamara followed suit with a victory in the 100 breast with a mark of 54.73. Daniel Chang claimed runner-up accolades.

The top four finishes of the 200 butterfly went to Harvard student-athletes. Sava Turcanu led the field with a 1:45.55, as teammates Yakubovich, Kenneth Castro-Abrams and Christian Carbone were all next to finish.

On the three-meter board, Bobby Ross took top honors with a score of 337.35. Teammate David Pfeifer placed second at 328.42. Both Harvard divers were the lone competitors to clear 300 points in the event.

Action on Sunday began with another Harvard relay victory, as Tan, McNamara, Yakubovich and Sebastian Lutz led the leaderboard with a time of 1:27.45 in the 200 medley. Farris wrangled another victory, continuing his weekend of success, as his 43.67 time in the 100 free secured first place. Raphael Marcoux claimed third.

Osada and Manchester teamed up again to take the top two spots in the 200 back. Osada clocked in at 1:45.79 for the victory. Yakubovich led a trio of Harvard swimmers to the finishing wall in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 46.99. Tan and Lutz claimed second and third.

The swimming portion of the meet came to a conclusion with yet another relay triumph for the Crimson in the 400 free. Marcoux, Yakubovich, Tan and Farris won the event by nearly three seconds with a time of 2:54.82.

The tandem of Bobby Ross and David Pfeifer were similarly successful on the one-meter board Sunday, finishing 1-2. Ross won the event with a 355.20.

Harvard will not take a few weeks to prepare for the 2017 Ivy League Championship meet, which it will host Feb. 22-25 at Blodgett Pool.