Ivy’s Finest! Men’s Swimming and Diving Wins Ivy League Championship

Harvard captured its 24th Ivy League title this year! (courtesy Sam Pitter)
Harvard captured its 24th Ivy League title this year! (courtesy Sam Pitter)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team put the finishing touches on a wire-to-wire Ivy League Championship Meet Saturday night, taking the 2017 crown with 1,705 points. The Crimson won the meet by 370 points with Penn finishing second.

This Ivy League title marks the 24th in school history, first since 2014 and the second of Kevin Tyrrell's career as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach of Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving.

Harvard's 1,705 points is the most in Ivy Championship Meet history and its 370-point victory is the largest since the Crimson won the 1999 title by 409 points.

In addition to Harvard winning the Bob Kiputh Trophy as the Ivy Championship team, freshman Dean Farris earned the Phil Moriarty Award as the high-point swimmer and senior Jack Manchester received the Harold S. Ulen Award as the career high-point swimmer.

A trio of individuals earned the top podium spot in their respective events Saturday. Senior Jack Manchester led the field in the 200 backstroke, snapping his own school, pool and meet records in the process with a time of 1:40.76. He was joined in the 'A' final by sophomore Daniel Tran who claimed third and junior Koya Osada who placed sixth.

Freshman Dean Farris continued to shine with yet another victory, capturing the 100 freestyle in an NCAA 'A' cut time of 42.06. That mark also broke the school and pool records. Junior Ed Kim had a terrific race as well, placing second, while junior Steven Tan took seventh.

Senior Max Yakubovich kept the wins coming for the Crimson, reaching the wall first in the 200 butterfly. Yakubovich touched in 1:45.27. His senior classmates, Christian Carbone and Sava Tarcanu finished fourth and eighth in the finals.

In addition to Harvard's strong individual showings, the 400 free relay squad broke the school and pool record with an 'A' cut time of 2:52.10. Manchester, Kim, Yakubovich and Farris joined forces for the record-setting performance.

Harvard's distance swimmers got Saturday's finals off to a strong start, placing four in the top eight of the 1,650 freestyle. Brennan Novak led the Crimson contingent in second at 14:54.06. Following close behind in third was Logan Houck, while Gavin Springer and Zach Snyder came in seventh and eighth, respectively.

The 200 breaststroke was another event filled with Crimson, as Harvard had swimmers in the three of the top five spots. Junior Shane McNamara set the new Harvard standard with a mark of 1:53.82 to place second by just .01. Senior Eric Ronda finished third and freshman Daniel Chang came away with a fifth-place showing.

On the boards, Harvard was the lone school with three competitors in the finals. Bobby Ross led Harvard's student-athletes with a runner-up score of 337.05. Fellow junior David Pfeifer placed third and freshman Austin Fields finished fifth.