Princeton Rally Gives Tigers Lead Heading into Final Day of Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Princeton made up a 100-point deficit in the final two events of the night to take a 23-point lead heading into the final night of competition at the 2013 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Tigers sit atop the leader board with 972 points to Harvard's 949. Columbia is in third at 756, followed by Yale, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown and Cornell.
The night began with Princeton earning its first relay win of the meet, winning the 200 medley relay. Anchored by Harrison Wagner's incredible 50-yard freestyle split of 18.68, The Tigers logged an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:26.25 to win by more than a second.
The 1,000 freestyle took an interesting twist. Penn's Chris Swanson , the top seed entering the meet, posted a time of 9:01.40 in the fast heat, two seconds better than anyone else in his heat. But he was four one-hundredths off the best mark from the afternoon heats set by Yale's Rob Harder. Harder's time of 9:01.36 gave him his second win of the meet, having won the 500 freestyle last night.
Dartmouth's Dejac Zupan earned his second win of the meet on Friday, sweeping the individual medleys. One night after winning the 200 IM, Zupan won the 400 IM by more than four seconds, finishing with an Ivy meet record time of 3:44.39. It shattered the previous mark by Harvard's Dan Shevchik in 2001 by more than two seconds.
In the 100 butterfly, Brown's Tommy Glenn, the favorite in the event, didn't disappoint the home crowd, recording an NCAA "A" cut time of 45.80, a full second ahead of the rest of the heat. It was the second-fastest time in Ivy Championship meet history.
In the 200 freestyle, Harvard's Chris Satterwaithe earned his second straight League title in the event, winning with a time of 1:35.00, a second and a half in front of the rest of the field.
Harvard's Chuck Katis held off a late charge to win the 100 breaststroke. Penn's Byron Sanborn had a strong last length of the pool, but Katis touched the wall first in 53.90, four one-hundredths of a second ahead of Sanborn.
Princeton grabbed a win and some major points in the 100 backstroke. Michael Strand won the race, touching the wall in 47.43. The Tigers had four of the top seven in the event to gain ground and pass Harvard, which had no one in any of the three finals. With 24 individuals scoring in each event, Princeton had five people score, totaling 115 points in the event to take a 13-point lead after 13 events.
To close out the night, Princeton gained a little more of an advantage in a thrilling finish to the 800 freestyle relay, edging out Columbia and Princeton for the win and stretching that lead to 23 points heading into the final night of competition. Princeton touched the wall in 6:26.87 as the three were separated 64-one-hundredths of a second.
The final day of action gets underway with preliminaries at 11 a.m. The finals will get underway at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on IvyLeagueSports.com.
1. Princeton, 972
2. Harvard, 949
3. Columbia, 756
4. Yale, 719.5
5. Dartmouth, 534
6. Penn, 478
7. Brown, 404.5
8. Cornell, 331