NEW YORK – Harvard men's swimming and diving went on the road for the second time in as many weeks and emerged with a 169.50-129.50 win at Columbia on Friday night. With the decision, the Crimson improved to 3-2 on the season and 3-0 in the Ivy League, while the Lions fell to 3-1 overall and 2-1 against Ivy competition.
Harvard's divers took centerstage in the fifth dual meet of the season as three NCAA qualifying standards were met on both boards.
Luke Foster won the 3-meter event with a score of 339.08, and led a Crimson trio that claimed the top three spots. Following the first-year was junior Alec DeCaprio, who posted a season-best 336.53, and senior Austin Fields, who also had his best performance of the campaign (328.21).
On the 1-meter board, the Harvard threesome found itself atop the leaderboard with DeCaprio leading the way with a total of 330.60 points. Fields was the runner-up with a score of 305.70 and Foster took home the bronze at 302.70
- The Crimson won 11 of 16 events on the day.
- Senior Daniel Chang and first-year Will Grant were double winners. Chang secured first place both breaststroke events (100 – 56.80; 200 – 2:01.90) with Grant following suit in the backstroke competitions (100 – 49.32; 200 – 1:46.93).
- Junior Mahlon Reihman was also a two-time victor at Columbia, winning the 100 free with a time of 44.87 and the 200 version of the event, finishing in a season-best 1:38.77.
- First-year Cole Kuster won a pair of distance races, taking first in the 500 free (4:33.58) and 1,000 free (9:18.88). The first-year led a Harvard contingent that finished 1-2-3, with classmate Noah Brune coming in second at 9:19.56 (season best) and sophomore Simon Lamar clocking in at 9:37.55.
- Sophomore Umitcan Gures was victorious in the 100 fly, posting a time of 48.37.
- Harvard is 70-5 all-time vs. Columbia and has won 14 straight head-to-head matchups.
Harvard returns to action Dec. 4-8, when it competes at the Minnesota Invitational in Minneapolis.