ATHENS, Ga. – Harvard men's swimming and diving won six events, but ultimately fell short at No. 12 Georgia, 170.5-129.5, Monday afternoon in Athens. The loss snapped the Crimson's four-meet winning streak, dropping it to 4-1 on the season (3-0 Ivy League).
Raphael Marcoux opened the 2019 calendar year in style, winning two individual events and swimming the opening leg on the triumphant 400-yard freestyle relay. The junior claimed the 50 free title by completing the race in a season-best 20.05 seconds and leading a trio of Harvard student-athletes. Dean Farris (20.36) and Grant Goddard (20.75) came in second and third place, respectively.
In the very next race, Marcoux tasted victory once more, capturing first place in the 100 free with a time of 44.82. His effort outdistanced teammate Mahlon Reihman (45.13), who was the runner-up. Then in the final event of the day, the 400 free relay, Marcoux got the Crimson off to a good start with Reihman, Goddard and Corban Rawls following suit in winning the race in 3:01.59.
Other Harvard winners include Daniel Tran, Logan Houck and Farris. Tran, a senior from Irvine, California, took first in the 200 back with an NCAA Qualifying B-Standard time of 1:44.36. Houck, meanwhile, won the 500 free with a B-Standard time of 4:23.31. Lastly, Farris recorded a triumph in the 200 free, posting a season-best time of 1:36.56.
- Harvard took first and second place in the 200 back. After Tran put up an NCAA Qualifying B-Standard time, Farris touched the pad moments later, finishing the race in 1:45.54.
- The 200-medley relay team of Farris, Daniel Chang, Umitcan Gures and Marcoux came in second place with a time of 1:27.94. It was the quartet's best effort of the 2018-19 campaign.
- Houck was the runner-up in the 1,000 free, logging a time of 8:59.78, which was nearly 17 seconds than his previous season best (9:16.49).
- Tran and Gures came in second place in the 100 back and 100 fly, respectively. Tran turned in his top effort of the year (48.57) as did Gures (47.54).
- Hal Watts was the runner-up in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events and hit NCAA qualifying marks in the process. The sophomore posted a season-best score of 301.50 on the 1-meter board and followed that with a 334.95 at three meters. His 3-meter score easily surpassed his previous season best of 307.28.
Harvard returns to action on Saturday when it plays host to Brown and Penn at noon. The double-dual meet will air on ESPN+.