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Harvard Takes Slim Lead After Night One of the 2012 Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

The top one-meter divers on the podium.
The top one-meter divers on the podium.

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton won four of six events on the opening night of the 2012 Ivy League men's swimming and diving championships, including a third consecutive 200 IM Ivy title by senior Jonathan Christensen. But Harvard, which turned in an impressive team showing in the 50-free, has taken a 27-point lead heading into day two of the 2012 Championships.

Yale is in third with 289 points, followed by Penn (245.5), Columbia (231), Dartmouth (215), Brown (177) and Cornell (159.5).

Princeton and Harvard ran first and second for the duration of the meet-opening 200-yard freestyle relay and in the end the Tigers won the event for the fourth year in a row in a time of 1:18.92. Michael Monovoukas and Colin Cordes closed out the win by swimming the final two legs of the race. It was the second-fastest time in meet history, trailing only Princeton's 1:17.93 it recorded when winning the race in 2009. Harvard placed second in 1:19.17, followed by Columbia (1:20.49).

In a wide-open 500-free field, Princeton continued its hot start when sophomore Paul Noelle outlasted Yale freshman Rob Harder to win in a time of 4:18.92. Harder, the top qualifier from morning prelims, finished second (4:20.66) and Columbia freshman Dominik Koll placed third (4:21.68).

Christensen won the 200 IM for the third season in a row, becoming the fourth swimmer in Championship Meet history to accomplish that feat. Christensen won in 1:45.71. Harvard freshman Chuck Katis finished second (1:46.34), followed by Yale freshman Alwin Firmansyah in third (1:47.14). All three times were NCAA 'B' cuts.

Harvard sophomore Chris Satterthwaite broke the Tigers' hold on the top spot at the podium when he won the 50-free in 19.84. Princeton freshman Harrison Wagner placed second (19.91), followed by Harvard sophomore Oliver Lee (19.99). Harvard freshman Griffin Schumacher took fourth (20.04) to give the Crimson a 1-3-4 finish.

In the one-meter diving finals, Harvard freshman Michael Mosca took home the Ivy League title by posting a score of 359.55. Princeton junior Stephen Vines placed second (347.65), followed by Penn senior Jeff Cragg (318.85). It marked the second year in a row a Crimson diver has claimed the Ivy title on the one-meter boards as Michael Stanton won in 2011.

The night closed with the 400 medley relay where the Tigers set a DeNunzio Pool, Ivy League and Championship Meet record by winning in 3:11.38, breaking the mark Princeton set in 2009 when it won in 3:11.44. Harvard finished second in 3:13.66, followed by Penn in third (3:15.41).

The 2012 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships continue tomorrow, March 2 with prelims slated to begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by Friday night's championship finals session, which will start at 6:00 p.m.

Team Standings
1. Harvard -- 471
2. Princeton -- 444
3. Yale -- 289
4. Penn -- 245.5
5. Columbia -- 231
6. Dartmouth -- 215
7. Brown -- 177
8. Cornell -- 159.5