Tan also swam in the winning 200 and 400-yard medley relay lineups and picked up a second solo victory in the 100-yard butterfly. Marcoux finished one tenth of a second behind in the silver-medal position.
Marcoux also faced an unusual opponent, as his younger brother, Philippe, swims for Yale. The brothers faced off in four events, with Raphael coming away with the win in each of them.
“We've been swimming together for about ten years now, so it felt really strange competing against him on another team,” Marcoux said.
Though a fraternal connection was lacking, Harvard also dominated in the distance events. In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Logan Houck came tantalizingly close to breaking the Blodgett record of 14:47.1, touching the wall in 14:47.39. The mark was still easily good for the win, and the junior outpaced teammate Brennan Novak in second by nearly 30 seconds. Senior Kent Haeffner and sophomore Zach Snyder ended up in third and fourth, respectively, to seal the sweep.
Novak would have a record-setting swim of his own in the second day of the meet, as he toppled the previous-best mark for the pool in the 500 freestyle. The junior’s time of 4:16.56 was more than a tenth of second faster than the existing record, set by Yale senior Kei Hyogo. Hyogo finished in third on the day, a second behind Houck and four seconds back from Novak.
Hyogo was also bested by a Crimson swimmer in the 400-yard IM, as freshman Michael Zarian took the top spot. The rookie also ended up second in the 200-yard butterfly, with fellow first-year Eric Whisenant in third.
“The freshmen did incredibly this weekend,” Chang said. “They really contributed to the excitement and momentum we held throughout the entire meet.”
The rookies’ podium results in the 200-yard fly highlighted Harvard’s success even in the events it didn’t win. Chang took third in the 100-yard breaststroke, one such event, and finished second in the 200-yard iteration.
Co-captain Bobby Ross also secured a top-three result in the one-meter dive, scoring 306.90 points to end up in second. The Crimson had more success in the three-meter event, with senior David Pfeifer taking top marks and sophomore Austin Fields finishing in third.
With a second consecutive dual meet championship wrapped up, Harvard will turn its attention to attaining outright Ivy League supremacy at the Ancient Eight Championship Meet in March.
“We’re feeling good for Ivies, but it’s a whole different event.” Morgan-Scott said. “We’re definitely excited and definitely more confident than we were, but it’s important not to be complacent, and we still have work to do.”
—Staff writer Sam Christenfeld can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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