Men's Swimming Concludes Texas Invite; Men's Diving Fares Well in MIT Invite
AUSTIN, Texas – On the final day of the Texas Invitational, the Harvard men's swimming team wrapped up an impressive weekend performance with eight more NCAA provisional times, seven individual and the 400 freestyle relay team.
After a successful first and second days in the pool, senior co-captain Chris Satterthwaite earned himself two more 'B' cut times on the final day of competition. Satterthwaite finished just out of the top-10 in the 100 free, leading the way in the B Final. His 43.66 time was good enough for 11th place and was just ahead of co-captain Oliver Lee. Lee also earned a 'B' cut time, touching the wall in 44.08 for 13th place.
In the 200 backstroke, freshman Jack Manchester blazed a trail to the A Finals after his 1:44.42 preliminary race. Manchester equaled that time in the finals, giving him an NCAA provisional time in his debut collegiate invite.
Fellow classmate Eric Ronda secured a provisional time himself in the 200 breaststroke B Final, clocking in at 1:58.60, finishing in 11th place. In the 200 butterfly, Jacob Luna was quick to the wall in 1:45.04, taking home an impressive third-place finish in the stacked event. Leo Lim (1:47.71) and Sava Turcanu (1:47.98) also earned 'B' cut times in the 200 fly, giving Harvard three in the event.
Once again, Harvard saved its best for last. The 400 freestyle relay team of Griffin Schumacher, Danny Crigler, Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite swam the third-fastest time in program history to claim a third-place finish. The quartet's time of 2:53.69 was nearly three seconds faster than their preliminaries and was a mere .21 seconds off an automatic NCAA 'A' time.
After a stellar showing, the Crimson will take time off through the New Year until returning to scheduled action against Brown on Jan. 11 in Blodgett Pool.
The men's diving team completed competition in the MIT Invitational on Saturday as well. Three members of the Crimson competed in the 1-meter dive after faring very well on Friday in the 3-meter. Joe Zarrella took home first place with his 349.40 score. Freshman Manasseh Oso (323.85) and George Doran (295.20) finished close behind, in third and fourth, respectively.