CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving made an early statement and did not let up as it finished with a 146-40 lead over Yale and a 114-72 advantage against Princeton after first-day action at the annual H-Y-P meet.
The Crimson started with a bang, beginning with the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Raphael Marcoux, Umitcan Gures, Dean Farris and Grant Goddard broke a five-year-old Blodgett Pool record with a winning performance of 1:17.29. The previous best was 1:17.94, set in 2014. The 2019 effort was the fastest this season by any Harvard relay team, the second-fastest time in program history and was an NCAA qualifying time.
The victory was the first of four straight to open the night. After the thrill of the relay, Brennan Novak won the 200 free with a season-best and NCAA B-standard time of 1:35.32. Farris was up next, claiming the 100 back title and breaking his own school record in the process. His 44.62 was better than his previous personal record of 44.81, accomplished in 2018. His time was also an NCAA A-standard and new pool record. Daniel Chang completed the early run of success with a season-best and NCAA B-standard performance of 54.20 in the 100 breast.
Harvard would go on to win three more times, giving it seven first-place finishes out of 10 possible events. Gures won the 50 free with the Crimson's second sub-20-second effort (19.75) of 2018-19. Logan Houck recorded the first sub-15-minute time of the season in the 1,650 free (14:50.35). And lastly, the 400 medley relay team of Daniel Tran, Chang, Gures and Farris was victorious in their first race together (3:08.50).
- Michael Zarian was the runner-up in the 200 individual medley, posting a time of 1:47.63. It was his top effort of the season by more than three seconds (1:50.98).
- Harvard's diving trio of Austin Fields (323.15), Alec DeCaprio (320.00) and Hal Watts (317.70) all set season bests on the 3-meter board. The group finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Fields and DeCaprio, meanwhile, surpassed the NCAA qualifying standard.
- Farris' performance in the 100 back (44.62) wiped away his own Blodgett Pool record that he established in 2017 (45.38).
Harvard will put the finishing touches on the H-Y-P meet on Sunday at noon. The event will air live on ESPN+.