CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard won a pair of relays and Mike Mosca won his third straight one-meter diving title to help the Crimson to the early lead at the 2014 Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at Harvard's Blodgett Pool on Thursday night.
The Crimson have 505 points, 105 points ahead of five-time defending champ Princeton. The Tigers are second with 400 points followed by Penn, Yale and Dartmouth. The Quakers were bolstered by two individual wins on Thursday night.
Harvard earned the first points of the evening with a win in the 200 freestyle relay. The Crimson earned an NCAA slot with an "A" cut time of 1:17.94, a full second ahead of second place Penn. The Harvard time narrowly missed the Ivy League Championships record of 1:17.93 set by Princeton in 2009. The Crimson swam all four legs in sub-20 seconds, including Chris Satterthwaite completing the anchor leg in 19.31.
In the 200 IM, Princeton's Teo D'Alessandro pulled away from Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan over the final 25 yards to win the event. A year earlier, Zupan's Ivy League Championships record swim edged D'Alessandro for the title. The duo were even after the first six lengths. D'Alessandro, though, began to pull away as the freestyle leg began and finished a full second ahead of Zupan for the win in 1:45.45.
In the 50 freestyle, Penn's Eric Schultz pulled off a minor upset, winning in mark of 19.70 seconds. He finished two one-hundreths of a second ahead of Harvard's Griffin Schumacher and six one-hundredths ahead of Chris Satterwaithe. It is the first time since 1942 that a Quaker has won the title in the 50 and that was when Ivy schools swam as part of the EISL Championships (which later became part of the Ivy League meet). The Crimson, meanwhile, earned some major team points by finishing second, third, fourth and fifth in the race, giving them a portion of that sizable first night's lead.
Harvard's Mike Mosca became a three-time champion in the one-meter diving, finishing with a score of 369.45. He is the first to win three straight one-meter titles since 2002-04 when Harvard's Ricky Roy did so.
The Crimson closed out the night with a win in the 400 medley relay, touching the final wall in a time of 3:10.42, shattering the Ivy League Championship Meet mark by nearly a full second.
Action resumes Friday at 11 am with preliminary heats. The Ivy League Digital Network will have live wire-to-wire coverage of all of the day's action.