Harvard Performs Well on Final Day of Georgia Invitational; Crimson Finishes Fourth

Pictured: Matthew McLean helped the Crimson finish fifth in the 400 freestyle relay.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

Complete Georgia Invitational Day Three Results
Complete Georgia Invitational Results

On the final day of competition at the prestigious Georgia Invitational, Harvard placed in the top 10 in six events to earn a fourth-place finish in the three-day meet. The Crimson completed the Georgia Invite having accumulated 558 points, while the host Bulldogs, ranked ninth in the country, won with 1,374 points. No. 4 Florida finished second with 758 points, while Denver was third with 743.

In the finals of the 200 breaststroke, Owen Wurzbacher, who won the 100 breaststroke race Saturday, placed fourth in the 200 with a mark of 2:05.90. Wurzbacher improved his time of 2:07.65 that he set earlier in the day in the preliminaries. On the boards, Michael Stanton finished fifth in platform diving, as he had a final score of 250.65. Co-captain Alex Meyer recorded an NCAA “B” cut in the 1,650 freestyle, as Meyer grabbed the wall for fourth place in 15:31.23.

Douwe Yntema led Harvard competitors in the 200 backstroke, as he placed eighth, earning 11 team points with a time of 1:52.62. In the consolation of the 200 backstroke, Greg Pelton touched the wall second in 1:53.00. Rick McKellar posted the best time of the Crimson in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 47.35. Greg Roop followed closely behind, recording a time of 47.62. Niall Janney was second in the consolation race of the 200 butterfly, as he swam the event in 1:51.93.

In the final race of the weekend, Harvard claimed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay. Janney, Matthew McLean, Brendan McIntee and McKellar teamed up to post a collective time of 3:06.88. A second relay squad comprised of Wurzbacher, Ryan Cutter, Pelton and Roop took seventh in 3:08.92.

The Crimson will next compete at the Princeton Diving Invitational Jan. 8-10, as well as an Ivy League dual meet at Penn Jan. 9. Harvard currently stands 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the Ancient Eight.