Harvard men’s swimming and diving is hosting the annual HYP meet against Ivy rivals Yale and Princeton, and the Crimson is off to a strong start. Harvard leads Princeton 102-84, and Yale 142-44. Princeton is up 144-42 over Yale after the first day of events.
Princeton’s Harrison Wagner (20.24), Connor Maher (19.67), Alexander Lewis (19.93), and Julian Mackrel (19.48) slipped by the host team with a 1:19.32 win in the 200 free relay to open the score. Harvard’s Ed Kim, Steven Tan, Paul O’Hara, and Griffin Schumacher (1:19.58) came in second ahead of Yale’s Aaron Greenberg, Victor Zhang, Oscar Miao, and Alwin Firmansyah (1:20.86).
Jack Boyd (1:37.25) and Spenser Goodman (1:37.43) of Harvard put the Crimson on top with a 1-2 finish in the 200 free. Princeton’s Sandy Bole was third in 1:37.64. Jack Manchester kept the momentum going with a win in the 100 back in meet-record time of 47.87. Princeton’s Andrew Helber placed second in 48.31, ahead of Steven Tan of Harvard (48.91). Yale’s fastest backstroker was freshman Shawn Nee (49.69).
Harvard kept up the pressure with a 1-2 sweep of the 100 breast. Shane McNamara (54.53) was first; Eric Ronda (55.08), second. Princeton’s Byron Sanborn (55.15) and Brett Usinger (55.42) touched next, and Yale’s Ronald Tsui (55.57) was fifth.
Princeton freshmen Zach Buerger (1:44.66) and Corey Okubo (1:47.07) put the Tigers back in the running with their 1-2 finish in the 200 fly. Buerger won heat 2 by a half a pool length, while Okubo went head-to-head with Harvard’s Max Yakubovich in heat 3, coming out on top by .05.
Next up was the 50 free, a tradition stronghold for the Crimson. O’Hara came in first with 20-flat, while Schumacher was third in 20.19. Wagner of Princeton finished between them in 20.08. Princeton’s Buerger notched his second win with a 1:47.65 in the 200 IM. Classmate Liam Karas (1:48.69) followed in second, while Usinger (1:49.07) was third.
Harvard’s divers went 1-2-3 to give the home team a lift. Mike Mosca won the 3-meter diving with 420.05 points. Freshmen Bobby Ross (334.25) and David Pfeifer (330.90) scored second and third.
Yale, whose distance freestyle program has made its mark on the Ivy League in the past several years, led the 1650 for the first 58 laps behind Brian Hogan and Kei Hyogo. Princeton’s Sam Smiddy hung with the leaders throughout, and then turned on the turbo-charger over the last 200 yards. Smiddy ended up first with 15:17.91. Hyogo passed Hogan over the last 100; they finished with 15:19.18 and 15:21.45, respectively.
Day One ended with a 400 medley relay. Harvard’s “B” team of Osada (49.38), Ronda (54.20), Yakubovich (47.20), and Goodman (43.82) came in just ahead of Princeton’s Andrew Helber, Sanborn, Ben Schafer, and Wagner, 3:14.60 to 3:14.68.
Scores after Day One:
Harvard University 102 – 84 Princeton University
Princeton University 144 – 42 Yale University
Harvard University 142 – 44 Yale University