CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Blodgett Pool for the first time in 2018, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team picked up two wins over Bryant and Rider on Saturday afternoon.
Harvard began the afternoon with back-to-back top-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of seniors Koya Osada, Paul O'Hara, Luke Morgan Scott, and Ed Kim touched the wall .13 quicker than the foursome of Sebastian Lutz, Alan Lam, Steven Tan and Raphael Marcoux.
In the 1,000-yard freestyle, senior Kent Haeffner finished second trailing only teammate junior Brennan Novak, who claimed first in the event for the second time this season. Touching the wall with a time of 9:28.84, Haeffner clipped five seconds off his time from last week against Penn (9:33.73).
Sophomore Dean Farris swam away for the first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 1:45.80 – five seconds off the Blodgett pool record. Fellow sophomore Raphael Marcoux edged out Rider sophomore Justin Carey for first place in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing with a time of 48.42.
Seniors Bobby Ross and David Pfeifer highlighted the Crimson on the boards. Ross finished first in both the 1- and 3- meter dives, posting scores of 332.55 and 376.50, respectively. Pfeifer registered a second-place finish in the 3-meter dive with a score of 359.55, after collecting third-place in the 1-meter (298.25) earlier in the day.
Freshman diver Austin Fields also had a solid performance on the boards, posting a second-place finish in the 1-meter dive (300.20) and third-place in the 3-meter (321.15).
The Crimson closed out a dominating afternoon in the pool the same way it began, with back-to-back top-place finishes in the 400-yard relay. The foursome of seniors led by Morgan-Scott touched the wall with a time of 3:05.44, one second ahead of the quartet of Levente Bathory, Daniel Tran, Mahlon Reihman, and Eric Whisenant.
Harvard returns to Blodgett on Feb. 2 with the two-day Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. Action gets underway at 6 p.m and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.