Men's Swimming and Diving Holds First Place After Day 1 of HYP
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After one day of competition in the annual HYP meet, the 23rd-ranked Harvard men's swimming and diving team won five events and swam four NCAA 'B' cut times against Yale and Princeton at Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
Between the lanes, the Crimson started out strong with a close win in the 200 freestyle relay. Junior Griffin Schumacher and seniors Oliver Lee, Danny Crigler and Chris Satterthwaite combined to clock in 1:19.12, a couple seconds faster than the foursome's seed time entering the weekend.
From there, divers Mike Mosca and Joe Zarrella kept Harvard rolling. The pair took a one-two finish for the Crimson with their spectacular performances. Mosca pulled together a 351.80 to claim the 3-meter crown, while Zarrella finished with a more-than-respectable 343.80 to take second place to boost the Crimson moving forward.
Newcomer Eric Ronda earned an NCAA B cut time in the 100 breaststroke, as the freshman finished third for the Crimson in the event, clocking in at 55.20, not even .30 seconds behind first place in the down-to-the-wire race. Jacob Luna followed that up with a victory for Harvard, earning a B cut time of his own in the 200 butterfly event. Luna swam 1:46.46 to take first place in the event, lifting the Crimson further into first place on the day.
Owning the best times in the Ivy League for the 50 freestyle this season, both Schumacher and Lee finished one-two in the event, with the former garnering an NCAA B cut time with his 19.96 split. Lee took second in 20.22.
In the lengthy 1650 freestyle race, junior Kyle McIntee took third place, earning yet another B cut time for the Crimson, touching the wall at 15:15.21 for a third place finish in the event. In the final race of the night, senior Jack Pretto kicked off a win in the 400 medley relay. He hel Ronda, Luna and classmate Sattherthwaite in a pool-record 3:14.04 time during the event to claim top-spot.
After the first day, Harvard leads Princeton, 102-84, while owning a 105-81 advantage over Yale.