2017 Men’s Ivies: Harvard Takes Home 24th Ivy League Title

2017 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Day Four

Harvard controlled the 2017 Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships from the outset. With wins in 12 events, the Crimson were never challenged for the title. This was Harvard’s 24th Ivy League title and their third in the last ten years.

1650 Yard Freestyle

  • Meet Record: 14:40.18 M 2016 Chris Swanson (Pennsylvania)
  • Pool Record: 14:53.75 P 2014 Chris Swanson (Pennsylvania)

Yale junior Kei Hyogo was arguably the distance swimmer of the meet. While he only won the 1000 and the 1650 free titles, he posted the fastest times in the 500, 1000, and 1650, having won the B final of the 500 with the meet’s top time. After breaking meet, pool, and Yale school records in the 1000, Hyogo downed a Chris Swanson 2014 Blodgett Pool record by 6.7 seconds, winning the 1650 title in 14:47.01.

Harvard’s Brennan Novak, who was runner-up to Hyogo in the 1000, finished second with 14:54.06. Teammate Logan Houck took third with 15:00.97.

200 Yard Backstroke

  • Meet Record: 1:40.52 M 2017 Jack Manchester (Harvard)
  • Pool Record: 1:40.52 P 2017 Jack Manchester (Harvard)

Harvard’s Jack Manchester completed the backstroke sweep with a victory in the 200. His 1:40.76 was just a tad off his prelims time of 1:40.52, which had lowered his own meet, pool, and school records. Columbia junior Michal Zyla took another 2/100 off the school record he’d set in prelims, coming to the wall second with 1:43.87. Harvard sophomore Daniel Tran placed third in 1:44.44.

100 Yard Freestyle

  • Meet Record: 41.91 M 2009 Alex Righi (Yale)
  • Pool Record: 42.53 P 2008 Alex Righi (Yale)

Harvard freshman Dean Farris won his third event of the meet with a 42.06 in the 100 free. He erased Alex Righi’s 2008 pool record and picked up his third NCAA “A” cut, but fell just short of the meet record. He did break the Harvard team record, though. Teammate Ed Kim was runner-up in 43.70. Yale junior Aaron Greenberg took third with 43.75.

200 Yard Breaststroke

  • Meet Record: 1:53.56 M 2016 Alex Evdokimov (Cornell)
  • Pool Record: 1:54.29 P 2014 Nejc Zupan (Dartmouth)

Cornell junior Alex Evdokimov three-peated for the second time in the meet; after winning his third Ivy title in the 100 breast, he then won his third consecutive 200 breast. Evdokimov edged Harvard junior Shane McNamara, 1:53.72 to 1:53.82 for the win. McNamara broke the Harvard school record with his first-ever sub-1:54; it had belonged to Chuck Katis (1:54.08) since 2012.

Harvard senior Eric Ronda (1:57.36) touched out Yale junior Jonathan Rutter (1:57.52) for third.

200 Yard Butterfly

  • Meet Record: 1:42.35 M 2014 Thomas Glenn (Brown)
  • Pool Record: 1:42.35 P 2014 Thomas Glenn (Brown)

Harvard senior Max Yakubovich swept the butterfly events, winning a very tight 200 fly final in 1:45.27. Finishing in close succession behind him were Columbia sophomore Shane Brett (1:45.69) and Columbia senior Terry Li (1:45.77). Top qualifier Christian Carbone of Harvard wound up fourth, with 1:46.06.

3-Meter Diving

  • Meet Record: 457.35 M 2015 Michael Mosca (Harvard)
  • Pool Record: 432.60 P 2014 Michael Mosca (Harvard)

Jayden Pantel of Columbia won both diving events for the second year in a row. His 389.45 points on the 3-meter board dominated the field. Harvard junior Bobby Ross (337.05) and David Pfeifer (302.40) came in second and third, respectively. Dartmouth senior Taylor Clough placed fourth with 296.70 points.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay

  • Meet Record: 2:52.06 M 2016 Princeton
  • Pool Record: 2:53.64 P 2014 Harvard

Harvard completed its sweep of relays with a pool and school record in the 4×100 free. Manchester (44.17), Kim (43.38), Yakubovich (42.99), and Farris (41.56) notched a NCAA “A” cut of 2:52.10. Yale was runner-up with 2:53.91 from Henry Gaissert (44.02), Adrian Lin (42.95), Hyogo (44.16), and Greenberg (42.01); the quartet broke the Yale school record with their effort.

Final Standings

  1. Harvard University 1705
  2. University of Pennsylvania 1335
  3. Columbia University 1208
  4. Yale University 1115.5
  5. Cornell University 858.5
  6. Brown University 796
  7. Dartmouth College 561

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7 years ago

Was the Princeton coaching staff at the meet? Just curious…..

7 years ago

Anybody know where Sebastian lutz was for this meet?

7 years ago

Princeton wasn’t missed. Message delivered by the school and hopefully lesson learned by theTiger swimmers.

Reply to  PowerPlay
7 years ago

Wouldn’t have beaten Harvard this weekend in any case.

Reply to  PowerPlay
7 years ago

Meaningless championship for Harvard – Princeton, the defending champion was not there due to Princton’s administration using the team to display their political correctness colors. The innocent Princeton swimmers (not the guilty ones, but I understand there were many who were not involved in the scandalous conduct) unfairly denied the chance to compete; And we see this again with the ACC men’s championships being delayed and run on a Monday-Thursday schedule – forcing the athletes to miss a solid week of classes (so some bureaucrats college presidents can use them to make a statement about North Carolina’s laws. Sports and politics do not mix and instead of applauding the school you should be criticizing them for not looking at people… Read more »

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
7 years ago

Unfair to call it meaningless. Everyone knew Princeton had no chance of beating Harvard this year. They lost too many points from last year’s team

Reply to  Hmm
7 years ago

Princeton had NO chance..

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
7 years ago

Not a fan of collective punishment. But also not a fan of demeaning the Harvard accomplishments. Let’s separate the two.

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
7 years ago

Really, Princeton knew they had NO CHANCE of beating Harvard. Don’t use the excuse of Princeton’s political IN-CORRECTNESS.
THEY HAD NO CHANCE AT ALL. Please, stop the pathetic excuses.

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
7 years ago

Harvard would still have killed Princeton…REALLY

Jay Day
7 years ago

Curious about what he can do in the 200 backstroke, hope we decides to swim it tapered one day

7 years ago

Farris punched his way in to NCAA’s in 3 events not bad at all.

About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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