CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving returned to the Blodgett Pool for the first time since November and defeated Penn and Brown on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson earned a 198-102 decision over the Quakers and picked up a 216.50-83.50 win over the Bears.
Harvard opened the day by winning the first four events, beginning with the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Dean Farris, Daniel Chang, Umitcan Gures and Raphael Marcoux posted a season-best effort of 1:27.68, marking the second straight meet the foursome recorded their fastest time of 2018-19.
Farris experienced victory three more times, twice at the individual level. The junior from Atlanta, Georgia captured the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.00, and then finished ahead of the pack by completing the 100 freestyle in 43.42. His 100-free performance was an NCAA Qualifying B Standard and the fastest time by any Harvard swimmer this year. Farris ended his day by swimming the anchor leg on the 400-free relay team that finished in 2:57.78
Marcoux, meanwhile, was a three-time winner, teaming with Farris on both relay teams and winning the 50 free. The junior posted a time of 20.17, which was just shy of his season-best effort of 20.05, accomplished on Monday at Georgia.
Harvard improved to 6-1 on the year and 5-0 against Ivy League competition. Brown, meanwhile, fell to 1-2 (0-2 Ivy) and Penn dropped to 7-2 (5-2 Ivy).
- Hal Watts won both diving events, first claiming the 1-meter title with an NCAA qualifying score of 310.85. His performance was the best of any Crimson diver this season. Meanwhile, on the 3-meter board, he finished first in the 8-man field, earning 300.70 points.
- Logan Houck was a multi-winner on the day, posting the best time in both the 1,000 and 500 free events. The victory in the 1,000 was Harvard's second win to start the day and the senior cruised to the finish line in 9:04.75. In the 500, Houck turned in a time of 4:24.39. In both races, he finished ahead of runner-up and teammate Zach Snyder.
- Daniel Chang enjoyed a solid day, swimming the second leg of the victorious 200 medley relay and winning the 200 breaststroke. He completed the race in 1:59.25 and was the only athlete to break 2:00.00.
- Brennan Novak won the 200 free, edging teammate Daniel Tran. Novak, hailing from Potomac, Md., finished in 1:38.89. Tran, meanwhile, touched the pad and registered a time of 1:38.98. Both were season-best times.
- Harvard improved to 85-2 vs. Brown and has now won 25 consecutive meets with the Bears. Against Penn, meanwhile, the Crimson moved to 74-2 all-time and pocketed its 46th straight series win.
Harvard returns to action on Feb. 2, when it plays host to Yale and Princeton at 6 p.m., inside Blodgett Pool.