Harvard and Princeton Men Tied Through Day 1 of H-Y-P Meet


  • Jan. 31-February 1, 2020
  • Hosted by Princeton
  • Short Course Yards
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  • MEN: Harvard 125, Yale 61
  • MEN: Harvard 93, Princeton 93
  • MEN: Princeton 106, Yale 80

The Harvard and Princeton men are tied through day 1 of the annual H-Y-P showdown, while both teams hold a lead over Yale. Harvard’s Noah Brune was one of the standouts, dropping 12 seconds from his collegiate best in the mile. The freshman swam a 15:13.18, coming from behind on the back half to catch teammate Cole Kuster (15:14.03). That was Kuster’s lifetime best by 8 seconds.

Another Harvard freshman, Gunner Grant, dominated the 100 back. Grant’s former best was a 47.32 from midseason. Here, he blew that away with a 46.72. That was over a second faster than anyone else and makes him 2nd in the Harvard books behind NCAA Champion Dean Farris, who is currently taking an Olympic year redshirt. Harvard’s Umit Gures swam the 3rd fastest time in school history with a 19.40 to win the 50 free. He also impressed with his 45.86 fly split on their winning 400 medley relay.

Princeton’s Charles Leibson made a push on the final 50 of the 200 free to beat Harvard’s Marcus Holmquist, 1:36.87 to 1:36.94. That was Leibson’s first time under 1:37. Another Tiger, Derek Cox, swam a lifetime best 53.03 in the 100 breast, taking nearly a second off his season best. Teammate Raunak Khosla dominated the 200 fly in 1:42.81, tenths from a lifetime best, and won the 200 IM in an in-season best 1:45.66.

Yale won the 200 free relay, with Henry Gaissert posting the fastest split of the field in a 19.29 anchor. Gaissert was a hundredth shy of his season best in the 50 free, touching 2nd in 19.67.


PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard men’s swimming and diving holds a 125-61 advantage over Yale and is tied with Princeton, 93-93, after the first day of action at the annual H-Y-P meet on Friday evening.

The Crimson set the tone of the meet, coming out with a season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Harvard’s A-squad of Umitcan GuresMichael ZarianLevente Bathory and Ryan Linnehan posted a second-place finish, touching the wall with a time of 1:20.23 – two seconds shy of first.

Gures inked his name in the Crimson record book, posting the third-best time in program history in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in with a season-best time of 19.40. In the distance event, first-year Noah Brune cut .12 seconds off his previous mile time, touching the wall with a time of 15:13.18 – beating out classmate Cole Kuster‘s 15:14.03.

A pair of Harvard divers finished in the top four on the 1-meter board. Junior Alec DeCaprio finished second with a score of 348.00, while senior Austin Fields posted a score of 340.35, good enough for fourth-place.

Harvard Highlights

• First-year Gunner Grant finished first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a season-best time of 46.72 and putting him second amongst the program’s all-time leaders in the event.

• In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Jacob Johnson registered the Crimson’s best-time of the season, finishing second with a time of 1:44.25, which also puts him fourth amongst the program’s leaders.

• The Crimson’s 400-yard medley relay A-squad of Gunner Grant, Jared SimpsonUmitcan Gures, and Mahlon Reihman closed out day one of the of H-Y-P clocking in with a time of 3:10.96 to secure first-place.

Next Up
Harvard returns to the pool tomorrow for the second day of H-Y-P beginning at noon.


PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men’s swimming team took on Harvard and Princeton this evening in the first session of the HYP meet. While the Bulldogs trail both the Tigers and Crimson, there were strong performances. Yale enters Day Two down to Princeton 106–80 while also behind Harvard 125–61, but there are still many events to go,

The 200-yard freestyle team of Joseph PagePhilippe MarcouxMichael Blank, and Henry Gaissert was victorious with a time of 1:18.22. Tyler Harmon continued his success with a strong second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, ending with a time of 48.13.

Gaissert was steady once more in his signature 50-yard freestyle event, finishing in second with a time of 19.68. The 400-yard relay medley team of Greg Kailin, Sam PekarekConnor Lee, and Philippe Marcoux were impressive in their event. The team took second with a 3:14.08 time.

The swimming resumes at 12 p.m. on Saturday.


PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton University men’s swimming & diving team completed a competitive first day at the HYP meet inside DeNunzio Pool Friday night, holding an advantage over Yale University and tying with Harvard University.

The Tigers have 106 points to 80 by Yale and are tied with Harvard at 93 points each.

“It was an electric environment in DeNunzio,” said head coach Matt Crispino. “All three teams are competing well and bringing out the best in each other. We had some outstanding swims tonight and numerous lifetime bests, and the divers came through in a big way. A lot of depth players are stepping up to contribute, which is key for this meet. I’m looking forward to seeing the team perform tomorrow – we have some of our best events coming up in the second half of the meet so it should be fun.”

Princeton earned first-place finishes in five events; Charles Leibson touched the wall at 1:36.87 seconds to win the 200 freestyle and Derek Cox finished first in the 100 breaststroke after clocking in at 53.03, an NCAA B cut.

Raunak Khosla won the 200 butterfly in 1:42.81 seconds and the 200 IM in 1:45.66 seconds, both NCAA B cuts, while Colten Young continued his outstanding form on the boards, winning the 1-meter with a score of 362.10.

Up Next
The Tigers will resume the HYP meet tomorrow inside DeNunzio Pool at 6 p.m.

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