2023 Ivy League Men’s Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap



The 2023 Men’s Ivy League Championships begin Wednesday night with timed finals of the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. Harvard is looking to extend its winning streak to 2x in the medley and 6x in the 4×200 free, but Princeton comes in with the top seed time in the latter and is looking to upset Harvard’s plans.

Men’s 200 Medley Relay – Timed Final

  • Ivy League Record: 1:24.00 – Harvard (2022)
  • Pool Record: 1:24.33 – Harvard (2019)
  • NCAA A Standard: 1:23.76


  1. Harvard – 1:23.79
  2. Princeton – 1:24.98
  3. Columbia – 1:25.53
  4. Yale – 1:25.62
  5. Cornell – 1:27.25
  6. Brown – 1:27.32
  7. Dartmouth – 1:29.38

DQ – Penn

Harvard kicked off Day 1 with a new Ivy Championship and Katherine Moran Coleman pool record in the 200 medley relay, clocking a 1:23.79 to beat Princeton by 1.2 seconds. Anthony Rincon put the Crimson well into the lead on the backstroke leadoff leg with his 21.78. Jared Simpson followed with a 23.23 breaststroke, while Umit Gures went 19.80 on the butterfly. Ryan Linnihan brought them home with 18.98 on the freestyle, as the Harvard quartet beat their 2022 championship performance by .27.

Princeton set a school record with their second-place finish of 1:24.98. Tyler Hong (22.16 on backstroke), Kael Mlinek (23.19 on breast), Conor McKenna (20.70 on fly), and Brett Feyerick (freestyle anchor) contributed to the Tiger effort.

Columbia came in third, edging Yale by .09, with legs from Andy Huang (22.18), Demirkan Demir (23.42), Brian Lee (20.73), and Zion James (19.20).

Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay – Timed Final

  • Ivy League Record: 6:15.38 – Harvard (2019)
  • NCAA A Standard: 6:16.02


  1. Princeton – 6:16.77
  2. Harvard – 6:18.42
  3. Yale – 6:21.93
  4. Brown – 6:28.69
  5. Cornell – 6:28.71

DQs – It has been confirmed that Penn, Columbia, and Dartmouth were DQd.

Harvard’s Ben Littlejohn put the Crimson well into the lead on the first leg, splitting 1:33.44 from a flat start. He was already up by a body length at the 100, followed by Adam Wu of Columbia, Nicholas Lim of Princeton, and Lukas Scheidl of Brown. Wu clocked in at 1:33.9, breaking the Columbia school record, while Lim touched in 1:35.42 and Scheidl was 1:37.60.

Though Wu’s relay was subsequently disqualified, under NCAA rules, as long as he wasn’t the cause of the disqualification, his time still counts. While the Ivy League did not list the reasons for the disqualifications, it is unlikely that it was Wu’s swim.

Down by two full seconds, Princeton’s second leg, Raunak Khosla, split 1:32.98 to put the Tigers in the lead by a full body length at the halfway point. Khosla swam 20.5/23.4/24.2/24.8 to outpace Harvard’s Harris Durham by .9/.2/.9/1.3, or 3.4 seconds.

Mitchell Schott swam Princeton’s third leg in 1:33.09, while Max Walther anchored in 1:35.28. Harvard’s final two legs were Aayush Deshpande (1:35.09) and Marcus Holmquist (1:33.51). Holmquist had the fourth-fastest flying-start split but it wasn’t enough to cover the 3.5-second deficit he inherited.

The fastest split of the session came from Yale anchor Noah Millard (1:32.05), who shot past Columbia to give the Bulldogs a third-place finish.

Columbia ended up with a DQ, though, as did Penn and Dartmouth.


Team Scores After Day 1

  1. Harvard / Princeton – 120
  2. Yale – 106
  3. Brown / Cornell – 100
  4. Columbia – 54
  5. Dartmouth – 46
  6. Penn – 0



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Almost a star
1 year ago

Ivy League DQ = 10u summer swim medley relay championship.

1 year ago

Brown does have a false start detection system (externally mounted platforms on top of their blocks) that they use at most meets. I’d assume they are using it here as well.

However, seeing this many DQs in one day at a meet of this level is very strange. It is possible that the step-over exchanges are causing an issue, as with the system Brown has in place, when you take the step over the backplate, the foot that is on the fin isn’t in contact with any part of the false start detector and at that point the system may think you have left the blocks already.

Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Maybe. But…I would think that would result in some wild reaction time of over a second that would be outside of the bounds of “what the pad says, goes”

1 year ago

Penn with zero points after day 1? Ouch.

1 year ago

Freshman Adam Wu from Columbia was 1:33.9 on the leadoff before the DQ. Under the Columbia team record of 1:34.0 but unfortunately does not count

Reply to  YourLocalD3Swimmer
1 year ago

As long as Wu was not the cause of the DQ, his time should stand according to USA Swimming rules

Reply to  thezwimmer
1 year ago

“Relay leadoff splits may not be recorded for official purposes if the second swimmer starts in the water and automatic timing is used, the second swimmer stands on an active pad while starting from the deck, or if the relay is disqualified.”

Correct me if I am wrong, but that seems pretty clear to me the time doesn’t count? Maybe NCAA rules are different?

Reply to  YourLocalD3Swimmer
1 year ago

The NCAA rule: A time that has been achieved by a competitor over an initial distance within a regularly scheduled and scored race shall be nullified if that competitor subsequently is disqualified in that race; however, a time achieved by a competitor during the first leg of a relay race shall not be nullified by the subsequent disqualification of a different member of the same relay team.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Got it. Thanks Braden

1 year ago

What are these dqs lol

Demarrit Steenbergen
Reply to  speedy
1 year ago

Probably false starts

Last edited 1 year ago by Lucas Caswell
Jury duty
1 year ago

Overzealous officials or bad relay takeoffs? Did they DQ almost half the field in the 8 free relay?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Reply to  Jury duty
1 year ago

No but actually… were the officials just super goofy. It’ll be crazy if Penn actually dq in BOTH 2 med and 8 fr. Pretty sure they were predicted to be 3rd this year

Last edited 1 year ago by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Demarrit Steenbergen
Reply to  Jury duty
1 year ago

We must wait until the results are published but they might have an early takeoff detection system like most big NCAA meets do

Reply to  Jury duty
1 year ago

Apparently false starts based on the timing pads

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