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Over the month of January, coach Kevin Tyrell and the Harvard Crimson men have rolled up a 4-0 dual meet record, including a cross-country road win against 10th-ranked Arizona State.
In that meet, sophomore Dean Farris won two key showdowns with fellow sophomore standout Cameron Craig. Farris took home the 200 free for Harvard in 1:36.72 compared to 1:38.32 for ASU’s Craig. Then in the 100, Farris was 43.96 to Craig’s 44.34. For that 200 free, both swimmers were coming off of the medley relay, where Farris led off in 22.71 on the winning Harvard team. Then in the 400 free relay, Farris erased a Sun Devil lead of more than a second and a half on the anchor leg, splitting a stellar 42.91 to bring Harvard back for the win and ice the meet. An ASU relay win would have clinched the meet for the home team.
Tyrell’s crew was great across the board in Arizona. Freshman Michael Zarian won the 200 fly in 1:50.15. Brennan Novak nearly cracked 9 minutes with a 9:03.25 win in the 1000. The Crimson went 1-2-3 in the 50 free behind Steven Tan, who also took the 100 fly in 47.64.
The next week, Harvard would go on to blow out Penn, and a week later the team topped Rider and Bryant by huge margins in a triangular.
Tyrell has recruited very well over the past few seasons, and his team is starting to come into its own. Starting the season with the #20 rank in our Power Rankings, the Crimson look like a team built to dominate the Ivy League – and if they show up well, to make waves at the NCAA Championships in a few months.
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