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Ivies Produce Seven All-Americans at NCAA Championships

Ivies Produce Seven All-Americans at NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ivies produced one first team All-American and six All-America honorable mentions at the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis last week.

Harvard opened the national championships with a bang on March 22, as the 800-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Brennan Novak, freshman Dean Farris, senior Jack Manchester and senior Aly Abdel Khalik broke the school record with a time of 6:17.26 to place 14th and earn All-America honorable mention accolades.

On March 23, the Crimson 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Steven Tan, Manchester, senior Max Yakubovich and Farris touched in 1:18.10 to finish 19th. Five Ivies also competed in event preliminaries—Yale junior Kei Hyogo placed 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle (4:17.04), Harvard’s Novak touched 23rd in the 500-yard freestyle (4:17.48), Penn sophomore Mark Andrew finished 32nd in the 200-yard individual medley (1:45.51) and Yale junior Aaron Greenberg placed 24th in the 50-yard freestyle (19.41).

March 24 was a fruitful day for Ivy League competitors as Penn’s Andrew placed 15th in the 400-yard individual medley—earning All-America honorable mention in 3:44.77 to set the tone. The honor was the first All-America nod for Andrew during his Quaker career and the fifth in six years for the Penn men’s swimming & diving program.

Crimson freshman Farris produced the League’s highlight—capturing the Ivy’s lone first team All-America recognition the 200-yard freestyle. Farris placed fourth, behind a trio of Olympians, with a time of 1:32.25 after having the nation’s top seed time heading into the national championships. Farris is the first Harvard swimmer to receive first team All-America distinction since Alex Myers in 2010.

Cornell junior Alex Evdokimov earned All-America honorable mention honors with a 14th place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at 52.47, becoming the sixth Big Red swimmer to earn multiple All-America honors in a career. Harvard’s Farris (31st, 46.93) and Yale’s Greenberg (37th, 48.39) also swam in the 100-yard backstroke.

Columbia junior Jayden Pantel placed 38th in his first event of the national championships, posting a 304.45 in the 3-meter diving preliminaries.

Seven Ivies competed on the final day of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, with three earning All-America honorable mention.

Yale’s Hyogo placed 16th with a time of 14:46.40 in the 1,650-yard freestyle to claim All-America accolades for the third-straight year. The Yokohama, Japan, product was an All-America honorable mention as a freshman and first team All-American as a sophomore. Harvard’s Novak finished 20th in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:53.94.

Harvard’s Farris earned his second All-America honor, claiming honorable mention regards in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:40.89 and a 14th-place finish.

Cornell’s Evdokimov received the day’s third All-America honorable mention accolade after placing 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:54.22. The honor was the second-straight All-America honorable mention award in the event for Evdokimov, who is the first Cornell swimmer to earn three individual All-America honors in a career.

Yale’s Greenberg touched 26th in the 100-yard freestyle (42.90) and Penn’s Andrew finished 41st in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.63).

Columbia’s Pantel closed out his national championships with a 30th-place finish in platform diving, scoring 283.25.

The Crimson 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Farris, junior Ed Kim, Yakubovich and Tan placed 23rd with a time of 2:52.93 in the final event of the national championships.

As a team, Harvard paced all Ivies with 24 points to place 27th overall. The Crimson were followed by Cornell (35th, 7), Penn (39th, 2) and Yale (42nd, 1).