PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team won both the 200-yard medley and the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday night to take an early lead at the Ivy League Championships in Providence.
Harvard will enter Thursday's action with 128 points to lead the rest of the Ivy League. Penn finds itself in second place with 108 points and is followed by three teams with 104 points in Brown, Princeton and Yale. Columbia is in sixth place with 100 points, with Cornell and Dartmouth rounding out the standings with 90 points.
The Crimson set two school records in the process of taking the lead with the first record going down in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Dean Farris, Daniel Chang, Umitcan Gures and Raphael Marcoux completed the race in 1:24.33, easily surpassing the previous program record of 1:27.72, established in 2018 by Farris, Sebastian Lutz, Steven Tan and Paul O'Hara. The 2019 edition of the relay touched the pad ahead of Penn, which turned in a runner-up performance of 1:25.88.
Later, Brennan Novak, Mahlon Reihman, Corban Rawls and Farris combined to etch their names atop the Harvard record book in the 800-yard free relay. The group clocked in at 6:15.38, which was more than a full second faster than the previous school-record holders (Novak, Farris, Reihman, Zach Snyder in 2018). The Crimson foursome cruised to victory on Wednesday, outpacing second-place Yale by almost nine seconds (6:24.35).
- Both relay teams satisfied the NCAA A-standard for the NCAA Championships, which will take place in March.
- The 200 medley relay (1:24.33) beat Harvard's previous season best by more than three seconds (1:27.72)
- The 800 freestyle relay shattered the Crimson's fastest time of the year entering the Ivy League Championships. Prior to Wednesday, the best 2018-19 mark was 6:40.89.
Harvard will begin Day 2 of the Ivy League Championships on Thursday. The prelims are set for 11 a.m., with the finals set to commence at 6 p.m., in Providence.