2018 Men’s Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships
- Wednesday, February 21 – Saturday, February 24
- Prelims 11 a.m./Finals 6 p.m.
- DeNunzio Pool, Princeton, NJ
- Defending Champion: Harvard (results)
- Live Results
- Live Video
- Championship Central
- NCAA Qualifying
For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.
With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.
Note: does not include relays or diving.
Led by sophomore Dean Farris, Harvard was always expected to run away with the 2018 Ivy League Championship title, but there were questions about who would emerge as runners-up in the team battle. Yale had beaten Princeton in their dual meet this season, and the Penn-Princeton dual meet had come down to the last relay. Penn, the 2017 Ivy League Championship runner-up, lost to both Yale and Columbia during this year’s regular season. Consequently, on paper it looked like second place was up for grabs this year.
On Day 3, Harvard, leading by a comfortable margin after the first two days of competition, did about as expected from psych sheet seeding and placed 10 swimmers in A finals, 4 in B finals and none in C finals. Princeton followed with 9, 4, and 1. Yale (7/5/4) and Columbia (6/5/5) also had impressive mornings. But it was Cornell and Dartmouth who outscored their psych sheet seedings by the most significant amounts, garnering 19 and 13 final swims, respectively.
Alex Evdokimov of Cornell, who has never lost a breaststroke race at Ivies, set the DeNunzio Pool record in prelims of the 100 breast with 52.76. Farris broke the meet, pool, and Harvard program records in the 100 back, going 45.03 for an NCAA “A” cut.
Overall Day Three