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Crimson Men Place Fourth in ECAC Swimming and Diving

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men's swimming and diving team opened its championship season with a fourth-place team finish and a pair of event wins at the 2013 ECAC Open Swimming and Diving Championships at Blodgett Pool.

Freshman Robert Doles took home an ECAC title in the 400-yard individual medley, while the Crimson foursome of Jack Pretto, Owen Wurzbacher, Ryan Cutter and Will Brophy emerged victorious in the 200 medley relay.

Harvard totaled 426 points to finish fourth out of 19 teams that registered points. Boston University won the meet with 631.5 points, beating out runner-up Navy (530) and ending the Midshipmen's four-year run of ECAC men's titles. Columbia (457) took third place, and UMBC (358.5) finished fifth.

The two Crimson event victories came in consecutive men's races to start off the second day of finals Saturday. The relay squad had qualified for the final with the third-fastest preliminary time but shaved 1.71 seconds off that mark and beat second-place BU by more than three-tenths of a second, in 1:30.20. Doles followed that performance with his 400 IM win. He touched the wall in 3:57.14, more than three-fifths of a second ahead of the field.

Harvard finished the weekend with 10 top-three finishes. Two relay winners, Brophy and Pretto, also placed individually. Brophy was the runner-up in the 50 freestyle Friday, clocking a personal-best time of 20.39 seconds, barely a tenth-second off the winning pace. Pretto took third in the 100 backstroke, logging a time of 49.06. Brophy and Pretto also helped Harvard placed third in the 200 free relay. They were joined by Adejia Boutte and Travis Downs, and the foursome clocked in at 1:21.92.

A pair of sophomores placed in two individual events each. George Doran was the runner-up in three-meter diving Friday with a score of 294.1. On Sunday, his score of 267.5 was good for third place in the one-meter competition. Reed Snyder took third place Friday in the 500 free (4:30.85) and Sunday in the 1,650 free (15:48.55).

Boston University also claimed the ECAC women's title. The Harvard women placed fifth.

Team Standings
1. Boston University 631.5
2. Navy 530
3. Columbia 457
4. Harvard 426
5. UNMBC 358.5
6. Bucknell 304
7. Marist 235
8. Saint Peter's 191
9. Rider 149
10. Manhattan 117
11. Niagara 111
12. NJIT 81
13. St. Francis 49
14. Baruch 48
15. Maine 39
16. Lehman 24
17. Roger Williams 8
18. Marywood 6
19. WPI 4