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Wurzbacher Claims Victory in 100 Breaststroke; Harvard Remains in Fourth at Georgia Invitational

Pictured: Owen Wurzbacher won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.91.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

Complete Georgia Invitational Day Two Results

ATHENS, Ga. – Freshman Owen Wurzbacher won the 100 breaststroke with a meet-best time of 56.91 to lead the Crimson to a successful showing at day two of the Georgia Invitational. Harvard remains in fourth place at the meet, as the Crimson has amassed 396 points, while No. 9 Georgia sits in first with 1,983 points. Denver stands second with 1,129 points and No. 4 Florida is in third with 901 points.

Zac Ranta accumulated a score of 288.65 on the one-meter board, as he completed the event in fourth place. Michael Stanton collected 271.30 points, as he finished seventh in the one-meter competition.

In the 200 medley relay, the foursome of Douwe Yntema, Wurzbacher, Ross Ford and Rick McKellar placed fifth, as the group combined to finish the race in 1:34.84. In the next event, Yntema posted the eighth best time in the 400 IM, as he touched the wall in 4:03.67. Crimson co-captain Alex Meyer cruised to a time of 1:43.15 in the finals of the 200 freestyle, as Meyer finished eighth in the competition. In the consolation of the 200 free, Mason Brunnick had the fastest time (1:41.32), while Matthew McLean was second (1:41.90). In the 800 freestyle relay, the Crimson also had a fifth-place finish, as Yntema, Brendan McIntee, Matthew McLean and Mason Brunnick completed the race with a collective time of 6:50.26.

Ford swam the best time for Harvard in the 100 butterfly, as he placed 15th in 51.66. Greg Roop touched the wall just moments later with a time of 52.47. Niall Janney won the “C” race in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 51.15. Ryan Cutter and McIntee were the next two swimmers to finish, grabbing the wall in 51.38 and 51.53, respectively. In the consolation of the 100 backstroke, Greg Pelton was 14th, finishing in 53.22.

Wurzbacher also recorded the Crimson’s highest finish in any of the preliminaries, as the rookie was fourth in the 100 breaststroke, grabbing the wall in 57.84. Yntema posted Harvard’s best time in the preliminaries of the 400 IM, as he claimed seventh place, swimming the race in 4:00.26. Meyer had a top 10 finish in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, clocking in at 1:42.27 for 10th place. Ranta was sixth in the one-meter diving preliminaries, scoring 281.70.

Action resumes at the Georgia Invitational Sunday with the final races slated to begin at 3 p.m.