Paul O’Hara Helps Harvard To An Early Lead In Ivy Champs

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Harvard swimming jumped out to an early lead at the 2016 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. The Crimson, who received votes in the latest CSCAA poll, tallied 466 points on day one. They are followed by No. 23 Princeton (437), Pennsylvania (340), Yale (235), Cornell (224.5), Columbia (218), Brown (191.5) and Dartmouth (161).

The Crimson started off the day well with a win, pool record and NCAA automatic qualifying times and the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Paul O’Hara, Max Yakubovich, Steven Tan and Sebastian Lutz touched in 1:17.55. Princeton also posted a qualifying time of 1:17.66. The Tigers team consisted of En-Wei Hu-Van Wright, Julian Mackrel, Alexander Lewis and Sandy Bole. Pennsylvania was third, touching in 1:19.49.

Pennsylvania’s Chris Swanson touched first in the 500-yard freestyle with an Ivy League record. The senior posted an event-winning time of 4:16.13. Yale’s Kei Hyogo was second in 4:17.66 and Brian Hogan, also a Bulldog, touched third in 4:19.94.

In the men’s 200-yard individual medley, Princeton’s Teo D’Alessandro won with a time of 1:44.33. His teammate, Marco Bove, finished a second later in 1:45.66. Pennsylvania’s Mark Andrew was third with a time of 1:45.73.

O’Hara won an individual event in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 19.59. Wright touched second in 19.63 and Cornell’s Jack Brenneman finished third with a time of 19.67.

Columbia’s Jayden Pantel won the 1-meter diving competition. Harvard’s David Pfeifer took the silver and Nathan Makarewicz of Princeton was third.

The Tigers touched first in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Wright, who swam backstroke, breaststroker Jack Pohlmann, butterflier Ben Schafer and Bole, who swam freestyle, posted a time of 3:09.20. Princeton was followed by Harvard (3:10.56) and Cornell (3:12.22).

Tomorrow’s preliminary races begin at 11 a.m.

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Author: Peter Baugh

Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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