Two Wins Helps Men’s Swimming and Diving Extend Its Lead at the Ivy League Championships

Brennan Novak is one of four Harvard swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championships (Gail Farris).
Brennan Novak is one of four Harvard swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championships (Gail Farris).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team used a pair of victories, and a slew of top-five finishes, to extend its lead at the 2017 Ivy League Championship Meet to 130.5 points over second-place Penn Thursday evening at Blodgett Pool. Harvard leads the field with a score of 573.5 to Penn's 443.

Thursday's finals got off to a swift start for the Crimson, as Harvard captured the top two spots in the 500 freestyle and had four of the top-eight finalists. Sophomores Brennan Novak and Logan Houck engaged in a neck-and-neck battle with Novak edging his classmate at the wall with a time of 4:18.93. The time was just off Novak's personal best he set in the prelims at 4:18.72, the second-fastest time in program history. Houck's time in the finals of 4:18.99 was also a personal best and the third-fastest in Harvard history. Freshman Zach Snyder took fourth in the event and sophomore Gavin Springer placed eighth.

The meet finished the way it started with a Crimson victory. Harvard captured the 200 free relay, its third relay victory of the championship meet, with a time of 1:18.40. Steven Tan, Ed Kim, Max Yakubovich and Jack Manchester combined for the triumph.

Harvard's diving corps also put together an impressive team effort, finishing 2-3-4 on the one-meter board. Junior Bobby Ross claimed second with a score of 320.00, while freshman Austin Fields and junior David Pfeifer finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the 200 IM, Manchester led the way for the Crimson with a third-place finish. Manchester's 1:45.32 was faster than the previous Blodgett Pool record and also ranks second on the program record list. Junior Koya Osada also reached the final, placing seventh, while freshman Daniel Chang took the top spot in the 'B' final.

The 50 free followed with Harvard placing a pair of swimmers in the top five. Tan collected runner-up accolades with a time of 19.77, while fellow junior Kim earned a tie for fifth.

Day three on Friday will feature the 1,000 free, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter consolation and 400 medley relay.