2018 Men's Swimming and Diving
The Crimson prepares to defend its 2017 championship (Gail Farris).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving seeks to defend its 2017 title and capture its 25th championship at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J on Feb. 21-24.
The meet will begin with the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and continue Thursday through Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. each and finals at 6 p.m. A complete Ivy League Championship Meet schedule can be found HERE.
Harvard climbed to as a high as No. 21 in the CSCAA rankings this season following a win over No. 10 Arizona State on Jan. 6. Junior Brennan Novak eclipsed a 15-year-old program record in the 500 freestyle at the Texas Invitational, touching the wall with a time of 4:16.51. Later in the season, at H-Y-P, Novak broke the Blodgett Pool record, posting a time of 4:16.56.
A LOOK BACK
Earning its 24th Ancient Eight title in 2017, Harvard made Ivy League Championship Meet history registering 1,705 points, while winning by the largest margin of victory – 370 points. As a freshman, Dean Farris earned the Phil Moriarty Award as the high-point swimmer, collecting 96 points, while Bobby Ross was second in the high-point divers with 56 points. Farris broke the Harvard and Blodgett Pool records in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 42.06.
2017 FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY PERFORMERS
100-yard freestyle – Dean Farris, Harvard (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
200-yard freestyle – Dean Farris, Harvard (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
500-yard freestyle – Brennan Novak, Harvard (So. – Potomac, Md.)
100-yard backstroke – Dean Farris, Harvard (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
200-yard backstroke – Jack Manchester, Harvard (Sr. – Huntersville, N.C.)
100-yard butterfly – Max Yakubovich, Harvard (Sr. – Beaverton, Ore.)
200-yard butterfly – Max Yakubovich, Harvard (Sr. – Beaverton, Ore.)
200-yard freestyle relay – Steven Tan (Jr. –Aurora, Ill.), Ed Kim (Jr. – Sammamish, Wash.), Max Yakubovich (Sr. – Beaverton, Ore.), Jack Manchester (Sr. – Huntersville, N.C.)
400-yard freestyle relay - Jack Manchester (Sr. – Huntersville, N.C.), Ed Kim (Jr. – Sammamish, Wash.), Max Yakubovich (Sr. – Beaverton, Ore.), Dean Farris (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
800-yard freestyle relay – Brennan Novak (So. – Potomac, Md.), Zach Snyder (Fr. – Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Aly Abdel Khalik (Sr. – Missauga, Ontario, Canada), Dean Farris (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
200-yard medley relay - Steven Tan (Jr. –Aurora, Ill.), Shane McNamara (Jr. – Tappan, N.Y.), Max Yakubovich (Sr. – Beaverton, Ore.), Dean Farris (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
400-yard medley relay – Jack Manchester (Sr. – Huntersville, N.C.), Shane McNamara (Jr. – Tappan, N.Y.), Max Yakubovich (Sr. – Beaverton, Ore.), Dean Farris (Fr. – Atlanta, Ga.)
IVY LEAGUE TITLE HISTORY
Since 1992-93, Harvard has finished no worse than second at the Ivy League Championship Meet each season. In that span the Crimson has captured 11 of its 24 Ancient Eight titles, with the most recent coming last season, 2017, in its home pool.
Harvard's 24 championships are second to Princeton's 31. Yale has the third most Ivy titles with 15, but has not hoisted the Bob Kiphuth Trophy since 1993.
HARVARD EVENT PREVIEW
Harvard has a plethora of talent in the sprint freestyle events. Senior Steven Tan has posted a first-place finish in the 50-yard in three meet this season, including against Arizona State. Harvard finished 1-2-3 in the 50-yard three times this season. Sophomore Dean Farris, who broke the program record in the 100 freestyle at last year's meet, will highlight Crimson swimmers in the 100 and 200 events this year.
In the distance events, juniors Logan Houck and Brennan Novak have been the most dominant swimmers this season. Following an outstanding performance in the mile race at H-Y-P, posting a time of a 14:47.39, Houck was named College Swimming's Swimmer of the Week. Earlier this season Novak broke both the program and Blodgett record in the 500.
The Crimson has seen a lot of success this year in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes. Led by senior Koya Osada and Farris, Harvard enters the championship meet with momentum on its side after sweeping the top three spots at H-Y-P.
Harvard has a lot of veteran experience in the breaststroke entering this year's championship meet. Sophomore Daniel Chang has experienced much success in the 200-yard breaststroke this season, claiming first place in duals against Arizona State, Penn, and Columbia.
Seniors Ed Kim and Steven Tan will lead a deep group of swimmers in the 100 and 200 butterfly this weekend. Tan posted first-place finishes at Arizona State and H-Y-P, including a season-best time of 47.41 against Yale and Princeton.