PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard maintained its lead at the Ivy League Championships and received a stellar performance from junior Dean Farris on Friday at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the campus of Brown University.
After three days of competition, the Crimson sits atop the leaderboard with 1,015.50 points, ahead of second-place Princeton (774.50 points), third-place Penn (730.50) and fourth-place Yale (692). The bottom half of the standings features Columbia in fifth place with 672 points, Brown (6th; 596.50), Cornell (7th; 479.50) and Dartmouth (8th; 301.50).
Harvard had four individual winners on the day, starting with Brennan Novak and Umitcan Gures. Novak captured the 1,000-yard freestyle title after he broke the pool record with an effort of 8:47.78. Gures later took the top step on the podium after he emerged victorious in the 100-yard butterfly. The first-year turned in a time of 45.58, which established a new Harvard record.
The story of the day, however, was the performance of Farris. The junior swam the fastest 200-yard freestyle in NCAA Division I, winning the event in 1:30.83. Entering this week's action, California's Andrew Seliskar owned the 2018-19 record with a time of 1:30.86. Farris' performance was also an Ivy League, pool and school record, and was his third Ivy title in as many years in the event.
Less than 20 minutes later, Farris was at it again, this time winning the 100-yard backstroke in 45.48. The sub-46 time was a pool record and marked the third consecutive season in which he won the race at the Ivy meet.
Farris capped his day by swimming the opening leg of the 400-yard medley relay, which also featured Daniel Chang, Gures and Raphael Marcoux. The quartet finished ahead of the pack in pool-record fashion, clocking in at 3:07.67, for a new pool record. The effort was also the second-best in Harvard history.
- Michael Zarian set a school record in the 400-yard individual medley with a prelim time of 3:42.70. He broke the previous record of 3:46.17, established by Dan Shevchik '03 in 2002. Zarian finished fourth in the finals (3:44.33).
- Jake Johnson posted the second-fastest time in Harvard 400-yard IM history, finishing the preliminary race in 3:44.75. The first-year came in fifth place in the championship heat, logging a time of 3:44.99.
- Marcoux recorded the fourth-fastest 100-fly time in school history when he completed his preliminary race in 46.44. He finished in fifth place in the finals (46.80).
- Chang was the top Harvard finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke, turning in a time of 54.17, which was good for fourth place.
- Mahlon Reihman finished in sixth place in the 200 free (1:35.79) and improved upon his No. 6 time in school history. Corban Rawls, meanwhile, posted a 1:36.04 in the prelims to post the seventh-fastest time in school history. Rawls came in eighth place in the finals (1:37.06).
- Alec DeCaprio finished in first place in the consolation finals of the 3-meter diving event. The sophomore posted a season-best score of 326.40.
- Harvard has won all four relays entering Saturday's action.
Harvard, the two-time defending champions, will begin the final day of the Ivy League Championships tomorrow morning. The prelims are set for 11 a.m., with the finals set to commence at 6 p.m., in Providence.