Two Meet Records Fall on Night Two of 2018 Ivy League Championships

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Harvard and Penn combined for two meet records on the second night of the 2018 Ivy League Championships. Harvard’s Brennan Novak posted an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 500 freestyle while Penn’s Mark Andrew did likewise in the 200 IM.

Harvard is still on top after two days of competition with 563 points. Princeton is currently in second with 459 while Yale is in third with 377. They are followed by Columbia (364), Penn (355), Cornell (237) and Dartmouth (203).

Tomorrow’s events include: 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 1000 Freestyle and 4 x 100 Medley Relay. Heat sheets for prelims can be found here.

500 Freestyle

Junior Brennan Novak kept the Harvard winning streak alive in the first individual event of these Championships. His 4:13.34 smashed the previous school record set in 2002 by over three seconds. He also re-wrote the meet and pool records in this event. Teammate Logan Houck was third in 4:16.08, also under the previous Harvard record, while sophomore Zach Snyder won the B final in 4:21.03.

After a great split in last night’s 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay, Yale’s Kei Hyogo swam to a season best 4:15.32 for second place. The swim broke his own school record set at last year’s Ivy League Championship. Fellow Bulldog Adrian Lin was eighth in 4:22.15.

Penn’s Taylor Uselis was fourth in 4:20.32 and was followed by Columbia’s Michal Zyla in 4:20.57 and Princeton’s Murphy McQuet in 4:21.29. Penn’s Will Thomas was the only freshman in the heat, finishing seventh in 4:21.71. Dartmouth’s Connor Lamastra raced to sixteenth place in the B final, but set a new school record of 4:23.88 in the preliminary heats.

 Event 3  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: M 4:14.17  2018      Brennan Novak (Harvard), swam in prelims
         POOL: P 4:14.17  2018      Brennan Novak (Harvard), swam in prelims
       NCAA A: A 4:12.49
       NCAA B: B 4:24.99
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Novak, Brennan         JR Harvard           4:14.17    4:13.34M  32  
    r:+0.79  23.53        49.29 (25.76)
        1:14.89 (25.60)     1:40.40 (25.51)
        2:05.82 (25.42)     2:31.14 (25.32)
        2:56.69 (25.55)     3:22.40 (25.71)
        3:48.02 (25.62)     4:13.34 (25.32)
  2 Hyogo, Kei             SR Yale              4:21.04    4:15.32B  28  
    r:+0.69  23.25        48.51 (25.26)
        1:13.99 (25.48)     1:39.69 (25.70)
        2:05.57 (25.88)     2:31.50 (25.93)
        2:57.51 (26.01)     3:23.67 (26.16)
        3:49.98 (26.31)     4:15.32 (25.34)
  3 Houck, Logan           JR Harvard           4:18.48    4:16.08B  27  
    r:+0.78  23.98        49.78 (25.80)
        1:15.55 (25.77)     1:41.40 (25.85)
        2:07.41 (26.01)     2:33.21 (25.80)
        2:59.31 (26.10)     3:25.15 (25.84)
        3:51.10 (25.95)     4:16.08 (24.98)
  4 Uselis, Taylor         SR Penn              4:19.12    4:20.32B  26  
    r:+0.73  24.04        49.94 (25.90)
        1:16.06 (26.12)     1:42.46 (26.40)
        2:08.99 (26.53)     2:35.48 (26.49)
        3:01.96 (26.48)     3:28.66 (26.70)
        3:54.90 (26.24)     4:20.32 (25.42)
  5 Zyla, Michal           SR Columbia          4:20.00    4:20.57B  25  
    r:+0.66  23.70        49.56 (25.86)
        1:16.20 (26.64)     1:42.65 (26.45)
        2:09.08 (26.43)     2:35.66 (26.58)
        3:01.90 (26.24)     3:28.45 (26.55)
        3:54.73 (26.28)     4:20.57 (25.84)
  6 McQuet, Murphy         JR Princeton         4:19.74    4:21.29B  24  
    r:+0.74  23.58        49.29 (25.71)
        1:15.68 (26.39)     1:42.22 (26.54)
        2:09.09 (26.87)     2:36.01 (26.92)
        3:02.86 (26.85)     3:29.58 (26.72)
        3:56.04 (26.46)     4:21.29 (25.25)
  7 Thomas, Will           FR Penn              4:20.97    4:21.71B  23  
    r:+0.76  24.79        51.41 (26.62)
        1:18.10 (26.69)     1:44.75 (26.65)
        2:11.17 (26.42)     2:37.51 (26.34)
        3:03.92 (26.41)     3:30.31 (26.39)
        3:56.42 (26.11)     4:21.71 (25.29)
  8 Lin, Adrian            JR Yale              4:20.91    4:22.15B  22  
    r:+0.73  23.37        49.24 (25.87)
        1:15.75 (26.51)     1:42.69 (26.94)
        2:09.65 (26.96)     2:36.67 (27.02)
        3:03.47 (26.80)     3:30.14 (26.67)
        3:56.66 (26.52)     4:22.15 (25.49)

200 IM

The Penn men were able to break up the Crimson madness in the 200 IM as junior Mark Andrew (1:43.24) and Thomas Dillinger (1:44.99) finished first and third, respectively. Andrew set new meet, pool and program records with his swim. Princeton senior Zach Buerger split the two coming in at 1:44.77. Buerger was winning handedly at the 100 mark, but could not withstand a blistering 29.32 breaststroke split from Andrew.

Harvard’s top swim came from sophomore Daniel Chang in 1:45.77, a season best. Teammate Koya Osada did likewise to place sixth in 1:46.60. Yale’s Jonathan Rutter was fifth in 1:45.96 while Princeton’s Corey Okubo (1:46.61) and Columbia’s Shane Brett (1:47.42) rounded out the heat.

Despite a gain in finals, Brett’s prelim swim of 1:46.64 tied the Columbia program record formerly set by Kevin Quinn in 2015. However, senior teammate Jae Park then beat both swimmers with his win in the B final at 1:46.27. Teammate Zach Thomas was also close by coming in second in the B final in 1:46.80.

 Event 4  Men 200 Yard IM
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: M 1:43.94  2013      Nejc Zupan (Dartmouth)
         POOL: P 1:44.67  2007      Geoff Rathgeber (Harvard)
       NCAA A: A 1:41.88
       NCAA B: B 1:49.09
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Andrew, Mark           JR Penn              1:45.34    1:43.24M  32  
    r:+0.73  22.89        48.99 (26.10)
        1:18.31 (29.32)     1:43.24 (24.93)
  2 Buerger, Zach          SR Princeton         1:46.50    1:44.77B  28  
    r:+0.70  22.60        48.38 (25.78)
        1:19.79 (31.41)     1:44.77 (24.98)
  3 Dillinger, Thomas      JR Penn              1:45.42    1:44.99B  27  
    r:+0.72  23.46        50.19 (26.73)
        1:20.24 (30.05)     1:44.99 (24.75)
  4 Chang, Daniel          SO Harvard           1:46.49    1:45.77B  26  
    r:+0.62  23.59        50.65 (27.06)
        1:20.03 (29.38)     1:45.77 (25.74)
  5 Rutter, Jonathan       SR Yale              1:46.42    1:45.96B  25  
    r:+0.69  23.75        49.85 (26.10)
        1:20.25 (30.40)     1:45.96 (25.71)
  6 Osada, Koya            SR Harvard           1:46.76    1:46.60B  24  
    r:+0.74  23.16        49.42 (26.26)
        1:20.55 (31.13)     1:46.60 (26.05)
  7 Okubo, Corey           SR Princeton         1:46.78    1:46.61B  23  
    r:+0.49  22.92        49.05 (26.13)
        1:20.57 (31.52)     1:46.61 (26.04)
  8 Brett, Shane           JR Columbia          1:46.64    1:47.42B  22  
    r:+0.67  23.33        50.16 (26.83)
        1:21.54 (31.38)     1:47.42 (25.88)

50 Freestyle

The Bulldogs scored valuable points in the 50 Freestyle as senior Aaron Greenberg (19.49) and sophomore Henry Gaissert (19.70) took the first and third spots.

Harvard was not far off with Steven Tan in second in 19.66 and Raphael Marcoux in fourth (29.79). They also scored Paul O’Hara at 20.01 for seventh and won the B final with Ed Kim racing a 19.88.

Princeton’s Ben Schafer was fifth in 19.82 followed by Columbia’s Kevin Frifeldt (19.87) and Princeton’s Alexander Lewis (20.05).

 Event 5  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: M 18.90  2009      Alex Righi (Yale)
         POOL: P 18.90  2009      Alex Righi (Yale)
       NCAA A: A 19.05
       NCAA B: B 20.19
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Greenberg, Aaron       SR Yale                19.36      19.49B  32  
         r:+0.64                       
  2 Tan, Steven            SR Harvard             19.68      19.66B  28  
         r:+0.63                       
  3 Gaissert, Henry        SO Yale                19.60      19.70B  27  
         r:+0.70                       
  4 Marcoux, Raphael       SO Harvard             19.62      19.79B  26  
         r:+0.66                       
  5 Schafer, Ben           SR Princeton           19.84      19.82B  25  
         r:+0.64                       
  6 Frifeldt, Kevin        SR Columbia            19.80      19.87B  24  
         r:+0.59                       
  7 O'Hara, Paul           SR Harvard             19.78      20.01B  23  
         r:+0.66                       
  8 Lewis, Alexander       SR Princeton           19.93      20.05B  22  
         r:+0.58

1-Meter Diving

Columbia followed suit of the 1-3 finish pattern as divers Jonathan Suckow (374.20) and Jayden Pantel (346.70) got the job done for the Lions. Yale’s Christian DeVol broke up the mix with a second place score of 359.05.

Harvard scored five divers in Bobby Ross (fourth – 339.75), Hal Watts (seventh – 310.20), David Pfeifer (ninth -297.30), Alec DeCaprio (thirteenth – 249.75) and Austin Fields (fourteenth – 248.30).

Princeton also had a pair of athletes in the top eight as Colton Young placed fifth with 336.95 points and Charlie Minns was sixth with 311.25. Dartmouth’s Justin Sodokoff rounded out the top eight with 279.75 points.

 Event 6  Men 1 mtr Diving
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: M 387.05  2013      Michael Mosca (Harvard)
         POOL: P 367.95  2007      Alex Volovetsky (Pitt)
       NCAA A: A 300.00
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Suckow, Jonathan       FR Columbia           309.80     374.20P  32  
  2 DeVol, Christian       FR Yale               296.05     359.05A  28  
  3 Pantel, Jayden         SR Columbia           285.05     346.70A  27  
  4 Ross, Bobby            SR Harvard            304.40     339.75A  26  
  5 Young, Colton          FR Princeton          314.20     336.95A  25  
  6 Minns, Charlie         SO Princeton          288.35     311.25A  24  
  7 Watts, Hal             FR Harvard            280.30     310.20A  23  
  8 Sodokoff, Justin       FR Dartmouth          291.20     279.75   22

4 x 50 Freestyle Relay

Despite a few individual losses, the Harvard men continued their relay sweep by achieving an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:17.47 in the 4 x 50 Freestyle Relay. And of note – the relay did not include 2017 All-American Dean Farris who swam in this event last season. Marcoux, Tan, Kim and O’Hara all booked their tickets to the NCAA Championships en route to a championship title and school record in this event.

Princeton was second in 1:18.43 while Yale took third in 1:18.67. The latter was a new program record by nearly one full second. Columbia (1:19.56), Penn (1:19.83), Cornell (1:21.50) and Dartmouth (1:22.59) placed fourth through seventh.

 Event 7  Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
  Meet Record: M 1:17.35  2015      Princeton
                          H. Wagner, C. Maher, J. Mackrel, S. Bole
         POOL: P 1:17.35  2015      Princeton
                          H. Wagner, C. Maher, J. Mackrel, S. Bole
       NCAA A: A 1:17.62
       NCAA B: B 1:18.35
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Harvard                             1:18.04    1:17.47A  64  
     1) Marcoux, Raphael SO           2) r:0.18 Tan, Steven SR        
     3) r:0.21 Kim, Ed SR             4) r:0.19 O'Hara, Paul SR       
    r:+7.99  19.82        39.03 (19.21)
          58.34 (19.31)     1:17.47 (19.13)
  2 Princeton                           1:19.36    1:18.43   56  
     1) Lewis, Alexander SR           2) r:0.14 Schafer, Ben SR       
     3) r:0.19 McQuet, Murphy JR      4) r:0.18 Buese, Cole JR        
    r:15.22  19.95        39.28 (19.33)
          58.89 (19.61)     1:18.43 (19.54)
  3 Yale                                1:19.79    1:18.67   54  
     1) Gaissert, Henry SO            2) r:0.26 Greenberg, Aaron SR   
     3) r:0.31 Hyogo, Kei SR          4) r:0.46 Lin, Adrian JR        
    r:15.47  19.68        38.86 (19.18)
          58.59 (19.73)     1:18.67 (20.08)
  4 Columbia                            1:21.56    1:19.56   52  
     1) Frifeldt, Kevin SR            2) r:0.36 Gwo, Albert FR        
     3) r:0.29 Liu, Nianguo SO        4) r:0.24 Gullick, Hank SO      
    r:14.80  20.08        39.73 (19.65)
          59.73 (20.00)     1:19.56 (19.83)
  5 Penn                                1:18.69    1:19.83   50  
     1) Dillinger, Thomas JR          2) r:0.53 Andrew, Mark JR       
     3) r:0.44 Cunnan, Nathaniel FR   4) r:0.35 Blinstrub, Mark JR    
    r:+5.70  20.02        39.92 (19.90)
        1:00.05 (20.13)     1:19.83 (19.78)
  6 Cornell                             1:22.29    1:21.50   48  
     1) Mahoney, Jack SO              2) r:0.34 Morrison, Cyrus FR    
     3) r:0.26 Brenneman, Jack SR     4) r:0.45 Evdokimov, Alex SR    
    r:+8.61  20.19        40.91 (20.72)
        1:01.09 (20.18)     1:21.50 (20.41)
  7 Dartmouth                           1:24.94    1:22.59   46  
     1) Patrick, James JR             2) r:+0.0 Hall, John SO         
     3) r:+0.0 Mathews, Gabriel FR    4) r:0.18 Liao, Brandon FR      
    r:+2.55  20.54        41.43 (20.89)
        1:02.26 (20.83)     1:22.59 (20.33)

 

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