Men's Swimming and Diving Comes Out Strong against Cornell, Dartmouth to Open Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team opened the 2017-2018 with victories over Dartmouth and Cornell on Saturday afternoon. 

"I'm proud of the way our divers and swimmers competed today," says The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, Kevin Tyrrell. "We are looking forward to competing against Columbia this upcoming Friday."

Harvard sent the tone, sweeping the top three spots of the 200-yard medley relay. The four-some of Koya Osada, Daniel Chang, Steven Tan, and Raphael Marcoux finished first with a time of 1:28.92. Right on their heels was the Crimson quartet of Dean Farris, Paul O'Hara, Michael Zarian, and Ed Kim, touching the wall in 1:29.25.

Junior Logan Houck ran away with the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 9:05.77, 24 seconds ahead of the next closest swimmer, teammate junior Gavin Springer. Senior Kent Heffner came in third with a time of 9:35.98. 

Eight different Crimson swimmers earned first place finishes, with junior Brennan Novak and senior Ed Kim placing first in two events each. Novak took first place in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles, recording times of 1:37.49 and 4:23.96, respectively. Kim claimed first place in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall with times of 20.38 and 28.95, respectively.

Sophomore Dean Farris finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47.85, two seconds ahead of teammate, senior Steven Tran's time of 49.48. Competing in his first collegiate meet, freshman Michael Zarian took home a first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:48.74.

The Crimson divers swept the top three spots in both the three-meter and one-meter dives. In the three-meter dive, senior David Pfeifer claimed the top slot recording 354.50 points, while fellow senior Bobby Ross was right behind with 345.00 points. However, Ross claimed the top spot in the one-meter, posting a score of 333.65.

What's Next
Harvard returns to the pool on Friday, Nov. 17 on the road at Columbia at 3 p.m.