2024 Ivy League Men’s Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2024 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships

THURSDAY EVENING HEAT SHEETS

Harvard had an outstanding morning on Day 2, stuffing the A finals with 11 swimmers and divers. The Crimson will have lane 4 in the 500 free (Ben Littlejohn, 4:16.78), 200 IM (Gunner Grant, 1:43.40), 1-meter diving (Adam Wesson, 338.55 points), and 200 free relay. Yale’s Ben Meulemans (19.60) was the top qualifier in the 50 free.

DAY 2

Men’s 500 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • Ivy Meet: 4:10.62, Noah Millard, Yale (2023)
  • Pool Record: 4:16.56, Brennan Novak, Harvard (2018)
  • NCAA A: 4:10.74
  • NCAA B: 4:21.99
  • 2023 NCAA Invite Time: 4:14.36

Podium:

  1. Ben Littlejohn, Harvard – 4:15.20
  2. John Ehling, Princeton – 4:17.58
  3. James Curreri, Penn – 4:19.28
  4. Matt Fallon, Penn – 4:19.51
  5. Shane Washart, Harvard – 4:19.67
  6. Cole Kuster, Harvard – 4:20.41
  7. Andrew Berzolla, Brown – 4:20.80
  8. Simon Lamar, Harvard – 4:24.94

Harvard junior Ben Littlejohn jumped out to a very quick lead and was already up by a body length at the 50 wall. Teammate Cole Kuster flipped second, trailing by .7. Littlejohn was 47.93 at the 100, while Kuster was just ahead of Princeton’s John Ehling. Littlejohn continued to build his lead, and behind him the rest of the field jockeyed for position.

It was Kuster and Ehling, in that order, until the 300, when Ehling made his move and pulled ahead of Kuster. Penn’s Matt Fallon looked like he was going to crash their party, and actually pulled even with them at the 400, but over the next 100 yards, when everyone’s legs were fully engaged, Ehling cleared that group by a body length and remained in second place through to the finish.

Littlejohn won with a new pool record of 4:15.20. Ehling was 4:17.58 for second. Penn’s James Curreri had a superb finish; he snuck past Fallon to finish third with 4:19.28.

Men’s 200 Yard Individual Medley – Finals

  • Ivy Meet: 1:41.11, Raunak Khosla, Princeton (2023)
  • Pool Record: 1:43.01, Raunak Khosla, Princeton (2020)
  • NCAA A: 1:41.03
  • NCAA B: 1:46.16
  • 2023 NCAA Invite Time: 1:43.14

Podium:

  1. Gunner Grant, Harvard – 1:42.83
  2. Tyler Hong, Princeton – 1:43.49
  3. Sebastian Wolff, Cornell – 1:43.94
  4. Jack Kelly, Brown – 1:44.03
  5. Max Kreidl, Princeton – 1:44.45
  6. Mitchell Schott, Princeton – 1:44.99
  7. Noah Sech, Princeton – 1:45.88
  8. Harrison Powe, Brown – 1:47.98

Gunner Grant, Harvard’s only entrant in this race, led from start to finish and took down the Harvard program and Blodgett Pool records with 1:42.83. He blasted a 21.7 butterfly, establishing a lead over Brown’s Jack Kelly and Princeton’s Tyler Hong.

Grant, who is a backstroke specialist, stayed out front with a 25.5 second leg, matched only by Hong (25.4).

On the breaststroke leg, Kelly moved from 7th place to pull even with Cornell’s Sebastian Wolff at 3rd with a huge 27.8 split. His was the fastest in the field by 1.2 seconds; the second-fastest was Wolff’s at 29.0. Grant, meanwhile, increased his lead over Hong with a 29.8 breaststroke.

Grant’s freestyle was the 7th-fastest but his lead proved to be unsurmountable and he stopped the clock at 1:42.83, beating Hong by just over half a second.

Men’s 50 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • Ivy Meet: 18.90, Alex Righi, Yale (2009)
  • Pool Record: 19.32, Albert Gwo, Columbia (2020)
  • NCAA A: 18.82
  • NCAA B: 19.79
  • 2023 NCAA Invite Time: 19.21

Podium:

  1. Sonny Wang, Harvard – 19.61
  2. Benjamin Feldman, Penn – 19.71
  3. Deny Nankov, Yale – 19.72
  4. Lucius Brown, Yale – 19.79
  5. David Greeley, Harvard – 19.81
  6. Marcus Holmquist – Harvard – 19.81
  7. Zion James, Columbia – 19.87
  8. Ben Meulemans, Yale – 20.00

Harvard first-year Sonny Wang made it 5-for-5 for the Crimson, winning the 50 free from lane 1 with a lifetime-best 19.61. Penn’s Benjamin Feldman touched out Yale’s Deny Nankov by .01, 19.71 to 19.72. His teammate Lucius Brown was just behind in 19.79.

Men’s 1-meter Diving – Finals

  • Ivy Meet: 437.00, Jonathan Suckow, Columbia (2023)
  • Pool Record: 405.75, Terry Horner, Florida State (2007)
  • NCAA Zones: 300.00

Podium:

  1. Aidan Wang, Princeton – 351.85
  2. Rowland Lawver, Brown – 350.30
  3. Luca Fassi, Princeton – 329.25
  4. Adam Wesson, Harvard – 315.05
  5. Luke Foster, Harvard – 306.90
  6. Denny Gulia-Janovski, Harvard – 302.25
  7. Taso Callanan, Princeton – 296.95
  8. Joseph Nicol, Columbia – 270.60

Princeton snapped Harvard’s 5-event winning streak with some strong diving from first-years Aidan Wang and Luca Fassi, who went 1-3 on the podium with Brown’s Rowland Lawver between them.

Wang led off with a forward 2-1/2 somersault pike to score 62.40 points in round 1, clearing the rest of the field by 6.9 points. Lawver scored 55.50 on a forward 3-1/2 somersault tuck to sit in 2nd place. Fassi was 3rd after round 1 with 52.00 from a forward 2-1/2 somersault pike. Columbia’s Joseph Nicol was in 4th place with 51.60. Everyone else scored less than 51 points.

Wang scred another 62.40 points in round 2, thanks to a well-executed forward 2-1/2 somersault 1 twist pike. He led by 15.9 points over Harvard’s Adam Wesson, who had moved into 2nd place with 62.40 points on the same dive.

Lawver moved past Wesson in round 3, coming within 1.8 points of Wang, thanks to a reverse 2-1/2 somersault tuck that earned him 67.50 points.

Lawver took over the lead on round 4 and was up by 8.95 points going into the final round. Wang scored 57.00 points on a reverse 1-1/2 somersault 2-1/2 twist free to move to the top of the leaderboard. Lawver scored 46.50 points on his final dive, an inward 2-1/2 somersault tuck. He remained ahead of Fassi but fell just short of capturing the Ivy crown.

Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Timed Final

  • Ivy Meet: 1:16.54, Harvard (2023)
  • Pool Record: 1:17.29, Harvard (2019)
  • NCAA A: 1:16.80
  • NCAA B: 1:17.38

Podium:

  1. Harvard – 1:17.41
  2. Yale – 1:18.09
  3. Columbia – 1:19.04
  4. Penn – 1:19.24
  5. Princeton – 1:19.25
  6. Brown – 1:19.36
  7. Cornell – 1:19.85
  8. Dartmouth – 1:20.79

Harvard led off with first-year Sonny Wang, who went 19.77 to put Harvard up by a tenth over Yale. The Crimson followed with Marcus Holmquist (19.20), David Greeley (19.25), and Aayush Deshpande (19.19) for a combined time of 1:17.41.

Yale was in second place throughout, thanks to a 19.84 leadoff from Ben Meulemans and subsequent splits from Deny Nankov (19.43), Marcus Hodgson (19.70) and Lucius Brown (19.12). Brown’s was the fastest split overall.

Columbia was 1 second behind Yale at 1:19.04. James Zion (20.04), Sam Eckert (19.56), Adam Wu (19.58), and Andy Huang (19.86) contributed to the effort.

Team Scores After Day 2

  1. Harvard – 590
  2. Princeton – 474
  3. Yale – 382
  4. Penn – 308
  5. Brown – 288
  6. Columbia – 269
  7. Cornell – 230
  8. Dartmouth – 149

 

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Tea rex
1 month ago

Princeton’s Daniel Li tonight swam 500 fr, 50 fr, 4×50 FR
I have never seen that lineup before

NoFastTwitch
Reply to  Tea rex
1 month ago

He should have entered the 1-meter dive and gone for the sweep.

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