Men's Swimming Heads West to 2012 NCAA Championships
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University will send five members of the men's swimming and diving team to the 2012 NCAA Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Center in Federal Way, Wash. The meet, co-hosted by Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle University, will be held Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24 with prelims to be held each afternoon at 2 p.m. and championships finals starting at 10 p.m.
The five headed to Federal Way for their first appearances at nationals are sophomore Chris Satterthwaite, and freshmen Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee, Griffin Schumacher and Zach Walters. They will be the first Crimson to compete at the meet since All-American Alex Meyer '10 represented Harvard in 2010.
Satterthwaite won three individual events at the Ivy League Championships, including the 200 free with a time of 1:35.05, which qualified him for NCAA's. He was also victorious in the 50 free and 100 free, setting school records in both events with times of 19.84 and 43.18, respectively. Satterthwaite was a member of the winning 400 medley team and placed second as a member of the 200 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay teams to earn seven All-Ivy honors.
Katis will compete in the 100 breast after posting a school record time of 53.16 in his first appearance at Ivies. The freshman also broke the program record in the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.49 at the meet, and earned six All-Ivy second team selections.
The 400 free relay team of Lee, Satterthwaite, Schumacher and Walters won the event at Ivies with a program record time of 2:53.22, which stands as the second fastest time in meet history and earned the quartet a trip to Nationals. These athletes also manned the second place 200 free relay team who set a new school record of 1:19.17. Each earned All-Ivy first and second team honors for their efforts in the relay events.
Both sessions Thursday and the preliminary sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed for free on GoSeattleU.com. The finals sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and will be re-broadcast on ESPNU at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1.
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