Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes 13 of 16 Events to Topple Dartmouth, Cornell
Owen Wurzbacher was part of three event wins Saturday in Hanover, N.H. (David Silverman).
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's swimming team captured a pair of lopsided victories, capturing 13 event titles en route to wins over Cornell and host Dartmouth, Saturday at Karl Michael Pool. The Crimson took down the Big Red by a score of 216-82 and downed the Big Green, 222-78, in its home pool.
Harvard set the tone early, taking the top two spots in the first swimming event of the day. The 200-yard medley relay team of Jack Pretto, Owen Wurzbacher, Gregory Roop and Nicholas DuCille took first with a time of 1:33.94 and the quartet of Robert Newell, Justin Davidson, Niall Janney and Oliver Lee was less than a second behind with a runner-up time of 1:34.52. Rookie Spenser Goodman led a trio of Harvard freshmen atop the 200 freestyle results, taking the event in a time of 1:40.70 with classmates Chris Satterthwaite (1:40.88) and Wes Stearns (1:41.99) right on his tail. Newell (51.22) and Pretto (51.25) finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, and Wurzbacher and Janney earned event wins in the 100 breaststroke and 200 butterfly, respectively. Freshman Oliver Lee earned his first collegiate event win with a time of 20.92 in the 50 free.
After placing two divers in the top three of the three-meter competition, the Crimson divers took three of the top four spots in the one-meter, including the top two. Sophomore Michael Stanton won the one-meter competition with a final score of 295.05 and veteran Zac Ranta was right behind with a score of 291.85. Rookie Joe Zarrella placed fourth in the one-meter with 284 total points, but was Harvard's top finisher, and second overall, in the three-meter with a final score of 297.60.
DuCille earned a win in the 10th event of the day, turning in a time of 46.79 in the 100 free, and Newell captured the 200 back in 1:50.43. Wurzbacher took the 200 breast title with a time of 2:04.91, and Roop and Janney earned wins in the final two individual events of the day, taking the 100 fly and 200 individual medley, respectively. Harvard capped the day with a win in the 400 free relay, posting a mark of 3:07.77.
Harvard is back in the pool Friday, Nov. 19 as it hosts Columbia in its first of three home meets this season. The meet is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.