2020 Men’s Ivy League Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2020 MEN’S IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2020 men’s Ivy League Championships will come to a close tonight. Swimmers are set to compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. Harvard looks to hold their lead for a 4th-straight team title. Princeton is currently running 2nd. Raunak Khosla will race to make it 3-for-3 in his individual races.

MEN’S 1650 FREE

  • Meet Record: Chris Swanson (Penn), 2016, 14:40.18
  • Pool Record: Kei Hyogo (Yale), 2017, 14:47.10
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 14:54.05
  • 2019 Champion: Brennan Novak (Harvard), 14:46.60
  1. GOLD: Dylan Porges, Princeton, 15:07.07

  2. SILVER: Cole Kuster, Harvard, 15:10.39

  3. BRONZE: Will Kamps, Penn, 15:10.96

Princeton freshman Dylan Porges, Harvard freshman Cole Kuster, and Penn’s Will Kamps battled closely through the front half of this race. Porges took off after the 500, however, building a lead to win it in 15:07.07. Kuster and Kamps were locked into a race for 2nd, with Kuster touching half a second ahead, 15:10.39 to 15:10.96. That was a best by almost 4 seconds for both Kuster and Kamps.

Another Harvard freshman, Noah Brune, swam his fastest time since 2018 to take 4th in 15:13.07. Princeton also had another freshman in the top 5, as John Ehling (15:14.95) pulled ahead of teammate Levy Nathan (15:16.09) in the closing 400 yards. That was Ehling’s first swim under 15:20.

MEN’S 200 BACK

  • Meet Record: Dean Farris (Harvard), 2018, 1:38.99
  • Pool Record: Jack Manchester (Harvard), 2017, 1:40.52
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:41.31
  • 2019 Champion: Cole Buese (Princeton), 1:43.35
  1. GOLD: Gunner Grant, Harvard, 1:41.49

  2. SILVER: Paige Dacosta, Cornell, 1:43.55

  3. BRONZE: Coley Sullivan, Brown, 1:44.11

Harvard freshman Gunner Grant won his first Ivy League title, dominating the race in 1:41.49. That’s his first time under 1:42 and less than 2 tenths from the 2019 NCAA qualifying time. He’s now ranked 19th in the NCAA this season with the Big Ten final coming up in a few minutes and Pac-12s to go next week. He could end up on the bubble with his time tonight.

Cornell freshman Paige Dacosta, who took gold ahead of Grant in the 100 back, was 2nd in 1:43.55 to shave a tenth off his best. Brown’s Coley Sullivan swam a personal best 1:44.11 for 3rd, holding off Harvard’s Michael Zarian (1:44.53).

MEN’S 100 FREE

  • Meet Record: Dean Farris (Harvard), 2019, 41.42
  • Pool Record: Dean Farris (Harvard), 2019, 41.92
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 42.53
  • 2019 Champion: Dean Farris (Harvard), 41.42
  1. GOLD: Albert Gwo, Columbia, 43.08

  2. SILVER: Cody Cline, Brown, 43.22

  3. BRONZE: Joseph Page, Yale, 43.24

Columbia’s Albert Gwo earned a sprint sweep as he clipped his best to win in 43.08. It was very close between the top 5. Cody Cline reached in to out-touch Yale’s Joseph Page, 43.22 to 43.24, as they rounded out the podium. Yale’s Henry Gaissert was hundredths shy of the podium in 43.32, just out-touching Harvard’s Mahlon Reihman (43.38). Reihman clipped a few tenths off his best there.

Harvard’s Corban Rawls edged out freshman teammate Marcus Holmquist by a hundredth, 44.12 to 44.13, in the B final. Rawls had a breakthrough swim in prelims with a 43.99, swimming a best for the first time since 2015. His time tonight was also under his former best.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

  • Meet Record: Alex Evdokimov (Cornell), 2018, 1:52.28
  • Pool Record: Alex Evdokimov (Cornell), 2017, 1:53.72
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:54.04
  • 2019 Champion: Mark Andrew (Penn), 1:54.38
  1. GOLD: Derek Cox, Princeton, 1:55.70

  2. SILVER: Jared Simpson, Harvard, 1:57.24

  3. BRONZE: Daniel Chang, Harvard, 1:57.70

Princeton’s Derek Cox swept the breaststroke titles, breaking 1:57 for the first time to win it in 1:55.70. He ran down Columbia’s Nianguo Liu on the final 50, as Liu had touched in 1:55.98. Liu, however, was disqualified, giving Harvard 2 men on the podium.

Jared Simpson earned silver for the Crimson in 1:57.24, while teammate Daniel Chang took bronze in 1:57.70. Brown freshman Vincent Huang was within hundredths of taking 3rd, nearly running Chang down on the final 50 to touch in 1:57.77 for 4th.

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • Meet Record: Raunak Khosla (Princeton), 2019, 1:42.05
  • Pool Record: Tommy Glenn (Brown), 2014, 1:42.35
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:42.35
  • 2019 Champion: Raunak Khosla (Princeton), 1:42.05
  1. GOLD: Raunak Khosla, Princeton, 1:42.43

  2. SILVER: Jacob Johnson, Harvard, 1:43.07

  3. BRONZE: Connor LaMastra, Dartmouth, 1:43.47

Princeton’s Raunak Khosla repeated as champion, just off the Pool Record by hundredths in 1:42.43. He swept his individual events at this meet, as he also won the 200 IM and 400 IM.

Harvard’s Jacob Johnson (1:43.07), who led through the front half, held off Dartmouth’s Connor LaMastra for silver. LaMastra broke 1:44 for the first time as he touched in 1:43.47 for the bronze. Penn’s Sean Lee was just off the podium in 1:43.81. Harvard’s Umit Gures, the 100 fly champion, swam a best in this event with a 1:44.89 in prelims. Gures was in 2nd through the 100, hundredths behind Johnson, but fell off the pace on the back half to finish 8th in 1:48.55.

Yale freshman Connor Lee had the 5th fastest time of the night. He touched in 1:45.14 to win the B final. Princeton freshman Nicholas Lim (1:45.90) was 2nd in the heat.

As we head into diving, the team race for 3rd is tight between Brown (893.5), Yale (887.5), and Columbia (885).

MEN’S 3-METER DIVING

  • Meet Record: Michael Mosca (Harvard), 2015, 457.35
  • Pool Record: Michael Mosca (Harvard), 2014, 432.60
  • 2019 Champion: Jonathan Suckow (Columbia), 442.35
  1. GOLD: Chrisitan DeVol, Yale, 383.80

  2. SILVER: Colten Young, Princeton, 366.80

  3. BRONZE: Charlie Minns, Princeton, 358.90

Yale’s Christian DeVol took the title, while Princeton’s Colten Young and Charlie Minns gave them 2 on the podium. Yale got a boost in the team battle for 3rd, as they also had JP Ditto place 4th.

MEN’S 400 FREE RELAY

  • Meet Record: Harvard (2018) – 2:51.43
  • Pool Record: Harvard (2017) – 2:52.10
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:51.11
  • 2019 Champion: Penn, 2:52.26
  1. GOLD: Yale, 2:52.25

  2. SILVER: Columbia, 2:53.97

  3. BRONZE: Harvard, 2:54.44

Yale took the final race of the meet in 2:52.25, narrowly missing the Pool Record. They got a pair of rolling-start 42s from Philippe Marcoux (42.72) and Henry Gaissert (42.47). Albert Gwo anchored in a 42.33 as Columbia (2:53.97) took silver. Harvard (2:54.44) was 3rd with a 43.31 leadoff from Mahlon Reihman.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  1. Harvard 1439
  2. Princeton 1231
  3. Yale 1027.5
  4. Brown 976.5
  5. Columbia 967
  6. Cornell 878.5
  7. Penn 794.5
  8. Dartmouth 515

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Raunak Khosla > Chuck Norris

crimson

Congratulations to new head coach Kevin Norman on the great showing from Brown! That team fought hard all weekend. Awesome to see swimmers and coaches find so much success in their first year together. Well deserved!

Ivy League Supporter, Feeling Disappointed

Very interesting that the harvard alumni section was cheering for a dq of a swimmer for a 5th place team. I hope this is not the culture at harvard, but seeing 20 h alums chanting together was not a good look. During the 200 breast, there was a coordinated effort from the h alums to chant ”1-2” during the pullouts. It was unclear why they were doing this at the time, but it turned out that the Columbia swimmer Liu (who ended up getting second) was doing 2 dolphin kicks off the wall, so the h alumni section was sure to make sure the officials could see it. He ended up getting dq’d. Regardless, pretty low overall to try to… Read more »

Anonymous

Not affiliated with either team, but perhaps the alumni truly thought their swimmers would go 1-2 in the race at the time, and were cheering for such an outcome? Officials don’t make capricious decisions based on fan fervor.

IVY LEAGUE SUPPORTER, FEELING DISAPPOINTED

I thought the same thing, or that it was a training method they use to time pullouts. However, in directly asking an alumnus after, it was confirmed they were trying to point out the fly kicks.

Anon

Also not affiliated, but fans pointing out that someone is cheating isn’t exactly bad sportsmanship. Seems to me the cheating is the bad sportsmanship…

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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