CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After Day 1 of the 2014 Men's Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, Harvard has positioned itself well to contend for a title with some of the fastest swims on record. The Crimson grabbed three overall first-place finishes, setting a pair of program, pool meet records in the process.
Harvard claimed the medals in both of the relay events on the evening, the 200 free and the 400 medley relays, both coming in record fashion. Griffin Schumacher, Oliver Lee, Danny Crigler and Chris Satterthwaite broke their own school record in the 200 free relay to kick the night off. The Crimson quartet grabbed an NCAA 'A' time and blistered the field with their 1:17.94 mark, two seconds faster than the pool mark and a mere .01 seconds off the meet record.
To cap off the night, Jack Manchester, Eric Ronda, Jacob Luna and Satterthwaite smashed the school, pool and meet record, clocking in at 3:10.42 in the 400 medley relay. The four Harvard swimmers crushed the meet record by a second, the program record by two seconds and the 33-year-old pool record by three seconds in the first-place run.
On the boards, Mike Mosca and Joe Zarrella made sure Harvard had all the points it could muster on the first day. The dynamic diving duo claimed a total of 59 points for the Crimson as Mosca grabbed first place with his combined score of 369.45. Zarrella finished comfortably in third place with his 338.75, showing off Harvard's depth.
In perhaps one of the more entertaining races of the evening, the 50 free finals, the Crimson proved it has some of the best sprinters in the League. Though Penn's Eric Schultz took first place, Schumacher, Satterthwaite and Lee finished 2-3-4, followed closely by Crigler in sixth. The top-three swimmers were separated by a meager .06 of a second in the lightning-quick event.
After a strong morning in prelims on the opening day, Aly Abdel Khalik took home 27 points and an NCAA 'B' time with his third place finish in the 500 free. The freshman touched the wall in 4:21.88, just ahead of teammate Zach Walters in fourth place (4:22.06). In the 200 IM, Manchester was Harvard's only representation, as he stole a sixth place finish with his 1:47.23 split. Luna took third in the consolations, 11th overall, swimming a 1:47.66.
Harvard returns for Day 2 tomorrow with prelims starting at 11 a.m. in Blodgett Pool.