Two Wins Keep Men's Swimming and Diving in First in Ivy's After Day 2
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard still holds the top spot in the 2014 Men's Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, thanks to a couple of wins from senior co-captain Chris Satterthwaite, including his third-consecutive 200 freestyle title. After two days, the Crimson hold an 82-point lead over Princeton, 1011 to the Tigers' 929.
Satterthwaite was a part of an impressive showing for the Crimson in the deadly 200 free. In total, Harvard featured five of the top-8 swimmers in the finals as Satterthwaite and Aly Abdel Khalik finished first and second, respectively, while Zach Walters, Spenser Goodman and Griffin Schumacher took 5-6-7 to show off Harvard's depth. In all, the 200 free earned the Crimson 132 crucial points on the evening.
Satterthwaite then anchored the 800 free relay, vaulting the Crimson to the podium on top. Harvard claimed the title with its first place finish, clocking in at 6:25.84, ahead of Princeton and Yale to close out Day 2.
The 200 medley relay kicked the finals of Day 2 off with electricity. The top three teams to finish were separated by a total of .28, all breaking the Blodgett Pool record. With their 1:27.44, the Crimson quartet of Jack Manchester, Danny Crigler, Oliver Lee and Griffin Schumacher staked their claim to third place in the event, finishing just behind Princeton and Penn.
In the lengthy 1000 free, Mike Gaudiani and Steven Kekacs finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh, grabbing 49 points for Harvard in the process. Gaudiani shed an impressive 16 seconds off his seed time to finish in 9:08.40, while Kekacs touched the wall 13 seconds faster with his 9:11.43 race.
Making it to the finals of the 400 IM, Christian Yeager swam an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:51.64 to take sixth place in the event, earning 24 points himself. Christian Carbone and Matthew Karle finished 1-2 in the IM's consolation finals, each swimming an NCAA 'B' time of 3:52.81 and 3:54.47, respectively.
Jacob Luna challenged for the 100 butterfly title making it to the final, and earned a fifth-place finish, taking time off his prelims to touch the wall in 47.87. Eric Ronda was .02 off the previous pool record in the 100 breaststroke, and finished just .35 behind Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan in first for the event. Ronda shed nearly a second off his time to clock in at 53.88.
Jack Manchester followed up with a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 47.89, an NCAA 'B' cut and an improvement on his own time himself.
The Crimson return to the pool tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. for the final day of the Ivy Championships.