Harvard Wins Three Events, Grabs Early Lead at Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It was an exciting opening day of swimming and diving on the Brown University campus as action at the 2013 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships opened on Thursday.
After six events, Harvard leads with 467 points, followed by Princeton in second with 423. Columbia and Yale are tight for third and fourth, separated by just six points, followed by Dartmouth in fifth.
The night began with Harvard claiming the first victory of the meet, winning the 200 freestyle relay. The Crimson claiming the win in a time of 1:41.18, good enough to qualify for the NCAA "A" cut and establishing a new pool record.
Yale's Rob Harder gave the Bulldogs their first win in the 500 freestyle, outracing Columbia's Dominik Koll, who was the fastest in the preliminaries. Harder went out fast and held off Koll for a time of 4:19.20. The Bulldogs had three in the finals to score solid points in the first individual event.
In the 200 IM, the expected showdown of Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan and Harvard's Chuck Katis didn't disappoint. In the end, it was Zupan coming away with the win in an Ivy meet record time of 1:43.94. Princeton's Teo D'Alessandro, who had the fastest preliminary time, had a strong final length of the pool to just edge out Katis for second place.
In the 50 freestyle, Harrison Wagner of Princeton edged out Harvard's Chris Satterthwaite by six one-hundredths of a second, finishing with a time of 19.61, to claim the League title.
Mike Mosca of Harvard successfully defended his one-meter diving title with a score 387.95. Harvard place three in the top five in diving to score sold points. Princeton's Stevie Vines was second, followed by Harvard's Michael Stanton in third.
Closing out the night, Harvard won the 400 medley relay to extend its opening night lead, recording a time of 1:18.06. Satterthwaite, Oliver Lee and Griffin Schumacher were double-winners on the night for the Crimson, swimming in both relays.
Friday's second day of events gets underway at 11 a.m. with preliminary events. The finals, beginning at 6 pm, will be streamed live in IvyLeagueSports.com.
1. Harvard, 467
2. Princeton, 423
3. Columbia, 301
4. Yale, 295
5. Dartmouth, 219
6. Penn, 201
7. Cornell, 165
8. Brown, 117