MINNEAPOLIS – On the first night of the NCAA Championships, the No. 24 Harvard men's swimming team continued to bring down program records. The Crimson clipped a tenth of second off its, program-record, 800-yard freestyle record to finish 11th out of 19 teams.
Entering the event, Harvard had the ninth-best time in the nation with a time of 6:16.78, which the Crimson recorded at the 2018 Ivy League Championships. However, that time did not stand for long. Junior Brennan Novak, sophomore Dean Farris, freshman Mahlon Reihman, and sophomore Zach Snyder touched the wall with a time of 6:16.68 – just .63 seconds behind No. 8 Arizona State.
Harvard resumes at the NCAA Championships tomorrow morning, beginning with the 200-yard freestyle relay, where the Crimson have the No. 16 time in the nation at 1:17.47. Juniors Logan Houck, and Brennan Novak will also compete tomorrow in the prelims for 500-yard freestyle, while sophomore Dean Farris, and Steven Tan will race in the prelims for 50-yard freestyle.