Harvard set two Sheerr Pool records as it knocked off Penn for the 38th consecutive year (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team closed out the dual meet portion of its schedule Saturday afternoon with a 168-130 win at Penn. The Crimson set two Sheerr Pool records in the process, with Niall Janney taking the 400 IM in a time of 3:58.11 and the 400 free relay team of Spenser Goodman, Oliver Lee, Chris Satterthwaite and Griffin Schumacher combining for a time of 3:01.18.
The Crimson improved to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League with the win, good for second place in the conference standings. Harvard's lone loss came at the hands of Princeton at the HYP meet, as the Tigers secured the Ivy League dual meet title with an unblemished 7-0 record in the Ancient Eight. Harvard is now 67-2 all-time against Penn and has won 38 consecutive meets against the Quakers.
Harvard won 10 of 16 events against Penn, including 1-2-3 finishes in the 100 back and 100 free. Penn (8-4, 3-4 Ivy League) secured the first victory of the day in the 200 medley relay as its team combined for a time of 1:30.09 to just edge out Jack Pretto, Chuck Katis, Lee and Schumacher who posted a time of 1:30.35. The Crimson rebounded quickly, however, posting three straight wins in the 1,000 free, 200 free and 100 back.
Michael Gaudiani cruised to a win in the 1,000 free, stopping the clock in 9:25.82 while John Bailey finished second in 9:29.05. Goodman took the 200 free in 1:41.90, and Katis followed up with a winning time of 50.89 to lead Harvard's first 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back. Robert Newell took second in 51.12 with Pretto's time of 51.17 good for third.
The Crimson won back-to-back events in the 200 fly and 50 free, with Ryan Cutter touching the wall first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.51. Satterthwaite won the 50 free in 21.19 and Lee placed second in the event in 21.21.
Harvard went back-to-back in the 100 free and 200 back as well, with Satterthwaite winning his second event of the day with a 100 free time of 45.82. Katis placed second in the event with a time of 46.29 while Lee placed third in 46.32. Newell posed a victory in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.46.
Gaudiani also earned a second win when he clocked in at 4:37.13 for first in the 500 free.
Janney was the first Crimson to take down a Sheerr Pool record when he swam a 3:58.11 in the 400 IM. The senior finished more than eight seconds ahead of Konner Scott who placed second in 4:06.65, and surpassed the previous pool record which had been set by Harvard alum Dan Shevchik '03 in 2003.
Goodman, Lee, Satterthwaite and Schumacher combined for another record-setting performance in the 400 free relay to end the day, as the quartet posted a time of 3:01.18 to top the previous record which had stood for 32 years and was held by Princeton.
Harvard's divers had a strong showing as well, with sophomore Joe Zarrella and freshman George Doran placing second on the one meter and three meter, respectively. Zarrella totaled 302.25 points on the one meter, coming up just short of Penn's Jeff Cragg who won the event with a score of 3:08.48. Doran, meanwhile, posted a score of 317.40 on the three meter with Zarrella finishing in third with 3:05.55 points.
The Crimson will now turn its attention to the Ivy League Championships, being held this year at Princeton, March 1-3. Harvard is looking to knock off the three-time defending champion Tigers for its first conference championship since 2008 and the 22nd title in program history.