CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving opened its 2019-20 campaign on Saturday vs. seventh-ranked Texas A&M and Duke at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson dropped both decisions, falling to the Aggies, 167.50-132.50, and to the Blue Devils, 172-128.
Harvard put forth a solid effort in its first competition of the season against a Duke team that entered with five dual-meet decisions in '19-20 and a Texas A&M squad that was 2-1 on the year.
The Crimson were led by Umitcan Gures and Michael Zarian, who won the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley, respectively. Gures, a sophomore, was triumphant with a time of 47.68, while the junior Zarian finished in 1:49.37.
Outside of the Harvard final scores, Duke defeated Texas A&M, 163-137. With the Duke sweep, it improved to 5-2, while the Aggies moved to 3-2 after their split.
- Harvard registered 14 top-3 finishes on the day, highlighted by the Gures and Zarian victories.
- Sophomore Jake Johnson was the runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a time of 1:48.33. He finished .04 seconds behind the winner (Jace Brown – Texas A&M).
- First-year Will Grant was impressive in his first outing with the Crimson, coming in second place in the 200 back (1:45.32) and third in the 100 back (48.42) and 200 IM (1:50.03). Grant also swam the first leg on the 200 medley relay (1:29.29) that finished in third.
- Cole Kuster, a first-year from Williamstown, enjoyed a solid debut, posting a second-place effort in the 500 free (4:28.53) and a third-place performance in the 1,000 free (9:15.01).
- In the diving events, Austin Fields was Harvard's top performer in the 3-meter competition, finishing in fourth place with 315.15 points. As for the 1-meter event, Alec DeCaprio led the Crimson with 285.95 points (5th place).
Harvard will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it competes in Hanover, New Hampshire against Dartmouth and Cornell. Start time is set for noon.