Harvard Men, Yale Women Sweep H-Y-P Meet

Harvard's Dean Farris. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Harvard men’s swimming and diving team (9-0, 6-0 Ivy) captured its second Ivy League Dual Meet Championship with a sweep of Yale (7-2, 5-2 Ivy) and Princeton (7-4, 5-2 Ivy) at the annual H-Y-P meet.

Harvard beat Yale 242-111 and Princeton 250-103, and Yale hung on to beat Princeton 177-176, the first time they have won in 16 years.

Junior Brennan Novak highlighted day two, breaking the Blodgett Pool record in the 500 freestyle. Novak, who earlier this year took down Harvard’s school record in the event, touched the wall with a time of 4:16.56 – .15 seconds better than the previous mark set by Yale’s Kei Hyogo in last year’s Ivy League Championship.

Sophomore Dean Farris took home three first place finishes. After collecting the top-spot in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke on the first day, the Atlanta native finished first in the 100 freestyle on day two with a time of 42.93.

On the first day of the meet, junior Logan Houck came close to eclipsing the Blodgett Pool record in the mile as he out-swam the rest of the pack. Well ahead of the next closest swimmer, Houck touched the wall with a time of 14:47.39 – the current Blodgett mark is 14:47.01.

Senior Steven Tan picked up two first place finishes. In the 50 freestyle on day one, Tan edged out Yale’s Aaron Greenberg by one-hundredth of a second for first place, touching the wall with a time of 19.86. On the second day, he finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.41.

On the boards, senior David Pfeifer claimed a first-place finish in the 3-meter dive, posting a score of 359.55.

Yale diver Christian DeVol captured Yale’s first event win of the day, finishing first in the 1-meter event with 316.05 points. Jonathan Rutter took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with at time of 1:57.99.

Princeton’s Cole Buese won the 200 fly by pushing past Harvard freshman Michael Zarian over the final 25 to win in 1:44.8, the fastest time in the Ivy League this season.

In the women’s meet, Yale was shortly behind after completion of the first day, 84-66 against Princeton and 79-71 against Harvard. Both swimmers and divers made a strong comeback the second day to finish the overall competition with scores of 161-139 against Princeton and 162-138 against Harvard.

Sprinter Bella Hindley flew ahead of the competition, winning the race and breaking the Blodgett Pool record – last broken in 2012 – in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.43. To wrap up the first day, Destiny Nelson won the 400-yard individual medley with a breath-taking time of 4:13.89, finishing more than five seconds ahead of Princeton’s swimmer who finished second.

Hindley won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.7. Nelson and Heidi Vanderwel tag-teamed the 200-yard backstroke, finishing first (1:55.93) and second (1:57.06). Butterflier Maddy Zimmerman won the 100-yard butterfly in 53.15. Nelson competed once more in the individual medley – the 200-yard individual medley this time – with her teammate Sophie Pilkinton, out-racing the the entire competition and placing first (1:59.64) and second (2:03.09), respectively.

For the Harvard women, freshman Jaycee Yegher edged Yale’s Cha O’Leary by eight-hundredths of a second, finishing with a time of 2:11.72.