Harvard Claims Men's Swimming & Diving Dual Meet Title
Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team clinched the Ivy League dual meet title on Saturday with a 182.5-115.5 win over Ancient Eight foe Penn. The Crimson swam undefeated in League action for the second year in a row now, closing out its dual season with eight wins, seven against Ivy opponents.
Harvard took home 10 event wins in the pool on Saturday, including two each from Spenser Goodman and Eric Ronda. Goodman owned the middle distance freestyle on Saturday, grabbing an early win with a quick 1:39.97 in the 200 free, followed by a victory in the 500 free, in which he swam a 4:35.89. Mike Gaudinani took second in the 500 free (4:35.95), one of five times on the day the Crimson claimed the top-two spots.
After touching the wall first in the 100 breaststroke in 56.73, Ronda followed up with another victory in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:03.68, just edging out teammate Matthew Karle's quick 2:04.63. Kenneth Castro-Adams paced the field in the 200 butterfly (1:48.11), finishing a nose in front of teammates Leo Lim (1:50.09) and Jacob Luna (1:51.49) for a Crimson 1-2-3.
Paul O'Hara continued on with the winning theme in the lightning 50 free, clocking in at 20.52, before Griffin Schumacher claimed the top spot in the 100 free in 45.30.
On the boards, junior Mike Mosca placed first in the 3-meter dive, compiling a hefty score of 365.02. Just behind him, senior Joe Zarrella captured second place with his score of 339.30. On the 1-meter, Zarrella once again took second with a 328.80, while Mosca wrapped p a fourth place finish (261.52), just behind freshman Manasseh Oso (288.45).
Freshman Jack Manchester kept the Crimson rolling with yet another win in the 200 backstroke. The newcomer swam the event in 1:48.54, just a mere .02 off the Penn pool record. Christian Yeager (1:50.21) and Mitchell Foster (1:52.27) both fared well, taking second and third, respectively, for Harvard.
In the final event of the afternoon, the 400 freestyle relay counted as an exhibition, but Chris Satterthwaite, Jack Pretto, Oliver Lee and Danny Crigler didn't slow down at all, touching the wall in a combined 3:00.80, just under a second faster than the pool record set in 1980.