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

2024 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships

THURSDAY MORNING HEAT SHEETS

Harvard got off to a strong start on Day 1, winning both relays with Blodgett Pool records. We begin our individual events on Day 2 with heats of 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 1-meter diving. Princeton’s John Ehling is top seed in the 500 free (4:18.39) but Columbia’s Adam Wu is the highest-placing returning finalist from last year. Mitchell Schott of Princeton, who competed in the A final with Ehling and Wu last year, is seeded 1st in the 200 IM (1:43.48). He’ll be battling Harvard’s Gunner Grant and Brown’s Jack Kelly, seeded 2 and 3. Yale first-year Deny Nankov (19.71) leads the entrants in the 50 free, followed by Marcus Holmquist of Harvard and Brown first-year Jonathan Gim.

DAY 2

Men’s 500 Yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ben Littlejohn, Harvard – 4:16.78
  2. Matt Fallon, Penn – 4:17.31
  3. John Ehling, Princeton – 4:18.63
  4. Andrew Berzolla, Brown – 4:20.17
  5. Cole Kuster, Harvard – 4:20.46
  6. James Curreri, Penn – 4:21.41
  7. Shane Washart, Harvard – 4:21.65
  8. Simon Lamar, Harvard – 4:23.06

Harvard junior Ben Littlejohn, who was an A finalist last year but entered the meet with no time this season, cracked a lifetime-best 4:16.78 from heat 1 to qualify first overall in the men’s 500 free. Penn’s Matt Fallon, known best as a breaststroker (his brother Billy Fallon was a distance freestyler at Penn), put up the second-fastest time in Quaker history with his 4:17.31 winning performance in heat 2. Fallon was entered with 4:33.33.

Harvard senior Cole Kuster dominated heat 3 with 4:20.46, while Brown’s Andrew Berzolla beat Penn sophomore James Curreri, 4:20.17 to 4:21.41) in heat 4.

Princeton senior John Ehling cruised to a 4:18.63 win in heat 5, while Harvard teammates Simon Lamar (4:23.06) and Filip Lanyi (4:23.22) battled it out for 2nd.

Men’s 200 Yard Individual Medley – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Gunner Grant, Harvard – 1:43.40
  2. Max Kreidl, Princeton – 1:43.76
  3. Tyler Hong, Princeton – 1:44.14
  4. Mitchell Schott, Princeton – 1:44.35
  5. Jack Kelly, Brown – 1:44.70
  6. Sebastian Wolff, Cornell – 1:45.22
  7. Harrison Powe, Brown – 1:46.29
  8. Noah Sech, Princeton – 1:46.34

Columbia junior Caleb Apodaca won heat 2 with a massive 1:48.03, improving his seed time by 3.6 seconds and leapfrogging from 28th seed straight into the B final. Brown’s Jack Kelly, last year’s bronze medalist, took care of business in the first circle-seeded heat with 1:44.70, beating Princeton first-year Noah Sech (1:46.34) by 1.6 seconds.

Harvard’s Gunner Grant clocked in at 1:43.40 to win heat 4, just touching out Princeton’s Max Kreidl (1:43.76) who came back from a 1.5-second deficit at the 150 wall to nearly catch Grant at the touch.

Princeton went 1-2 in the final heat, with junior Tyler Hong just edging sophomore Mitchell Schott, 1:44.14 to 1:44.35.

Men’s 50 Yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ben Meulemans, Yale – 19.60
  2. Zion James, Columbia – 19.82
  3. Marcus Holmquist – Harvard – 19.83
  4. Deny Nankov, Yale – 19.84
  5. David Greeley, Harvard – 19.87
  6. Lucius Brown, Yale – 19.91
  7. Sonny Wang, Harvard – 19.94
  8. Benjamin Feldman, Penn – 19.99

The 50 free was somewhat chaotic, given that the Blodgett Pool timing system malfunctioned in lane 5. None of the lane 5 swimmers in the circle-seeded heats registered times and their swims had to be manually adjusted at the conclusion of the event. These included Harvard first-year Sonny Wang in heat 4, Harvard senior Marcus Hodgson in heat 5, and Princeton junior Brett Feyerick in heat 6. Wang was assigned a 19.94 to make the A final; Feyerick got 20.00 and Hodgson, 20.14, earning B- and C-final spots, respectively.

After the results were shifted around, there was now a 3-way tie for 15th place among Brown freshman Jonathan Gim, his teammate, junior Marcus Lee, and Columbia sophomore Sam Eckert, who all registered 20.13.

Men’s 1-meter Diving – Prelims

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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Adam Wesson, Harvard – 338.55
  2. Rowland Lawver, Brown – 321.55
  3. Aidan Wang, Princeton – 317.85
  4. Luca Fassi, Princeton – 317.35
  5. Anastasios Callanan, Princeton – 303.80
  6. Luke Foster, Harvard – 303.20
  7. Joseph Nicol, Columbia – 302.95
  8. Denny Gulia Janovski, Harvard – 294.75

 

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CT Swim Fan
1 month ago

Marcus Hodgson is a senior from Yale not Harvard.

Ivy Swim Fan
1 month ago

THIS IS WHY ITS HARVARDS LAST TIME HOSTING THE MEET!! Cannot believe this is allowed. Anyone in lane 5 this morning in the 50 free needs another chance to swim.
So unprofessional and disappointing of meet officials

JM02
1 month ago

Would be amazing if Harvard could field a functioning pad for this meet. Completely unacceptable to run those heats when the lane 5 touchpad wasn’t working. The video shows Feyerick touching before Feldman (19.99) but Feyerick was given a time of 20.2

96Swim
Reply to  JM02
1 month ago

They changed it to 20.00 good enough for 9th. Right behind Feldman. Watching it, Wang was also faster than 19.94. Since he is in A final that doesn’t matter and he probably wasn’t faster than 19.6/19.7 which wouldn’t make NCAAs. I don’t know if Hodgsons time is realistic or not

swimbrah
Reply to  JM02
1 month ago

Nah feldman clutched

96Swim
1 month ago

Pad failure in lane 5 of most heats of the 50 screwed some guys.

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