CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving captured its fourth straight Ivy League Championship Saturday evening tallying a total of 1,439 points over the course of the four-day meet. It is the 27th time the Crimson have won the league championship meet.
The Crimson did its work early in the day in prelims to set the stage for a successful final night. Fist-year Cole Kuster, who already had an individual event champion under his belt in the 1,000 free, placed second in the 1,650-yard freestyle, clocking in with a time of 15:10.30.
With three swimmers in the championship finals of the 200-yard backstroke, Harvard continued to add to its point total. First-year Will Grant swam away from the field to earn the individual title, touching the wall with a B-cut time of 1:41.49. Junior Michael Zarian and sophomore Jared Simpson joined Grant on the podium placing fourth and eighth, respectively.
Junior Corban Rawls followed up a first event title in the 200 freestyle the previous night with another solid performance in the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Rawls beat out teammate, first-year Marcus Holmquist by one hundredth of a second, clocking in at 44.12. Those combined 37 points between Rawls and Holmquist helped Harvard pad its lead over Princeton and seal the victory.
At the end of the night, senior Daniel Chang was named the Harold Ulen Career High Point Swimmer tallying 289 points over his four-year career.
• Sophomore Jake Johnson came a second shy of knocking off Princeton's Raunak Khoslain the 200-yard butterfly, posting an NCAA B-cut time of 1:43.07.
• Fellow sophomore Umitcan Gures also podiumed in the 200-yard butterfly, placing eighth with a time of 1:48.55.
• First-year diver Luke Foster placed eighth in the 3-meter with a score of 305.85.
It's on to the NCAA Championships for the Crimson on March 25 – 28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. But Harvard divers will be back in action on March 9 – 11 with the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in Morgantown, W.V.