Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes 13 of 16 Events to Topple Dartmouth, Cornell

Owen Wurzbacher was part of three event wins Saturday in Hanover, N.H. (David Silverman).

The Harvard men's swimming team captured a pair of lopsided victories, capturing 13 event titles en route to wins over Cornell and host Dartmouth, Saturday at Karl Michael Pool. The Crimson took down the Big Red by a score of 216-82 and downed the Big Green, 222-78, in its home pool.   

Harvard set the tone early, taking the top two spots in the first swimming event of the day. The 200-yard medley relay team of Jack Pretto, Owen Wurzbacher, Gregory Roop and Nicholas DuCille took first with a time of 1:33.94 and the quartet of Robert Newell, Justin Davidson, Niall Janney and Oliver Lee was less than a second behind with a runner-up time of 1:34.52. Rookie Spenser Goodman led a trio of Harvard freshmen atop the 200 freestyle results, taking the event in a time of 1:40.70 with classmates Chris Satterthwaite (1:40.88) and Wes Stearns (1:41.99) right on his tail. Newell (51.22) and Pretto (51.25) finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, and Wurzbacher and Janney earned event wins in the 100 breaststroke and 200 butterfly, respectively. Freshman Oliver Lee earned his first collegiate event win with a time of 20.92 in the 50 free.

After placing two divers in the top three of the three-meter competition, the Crimson divers took three of the top four spots in the one-meter, including the top two. Sophomore Michael Stanton won the one-meter competition with a final score of 295.05 and veteran Zac Ranta was right behind with a score of 291.85. Rookie Joe Zarrella placed fourth in the one-meter with 284 total points, but was Harvard's top finisher, and second overall, in the three-meter with a final score of 297.60.

DuCille earned a win in the 10th event of the day, turning in a time of 46.79 in the 100 free, and Newell captured the 200 back in 1:50.43. Wurzbacher took the 200 breast title with a time of 2:04.91, and Roop and Janney earned wins in the final two individual events of the day, taking the 100 fly and 200 individual medley, respectively. Harvard capped the day with a win in the 400 free relay, posting a mark of 3:07.77.

Harvard is back in the pool Friday, Nov. 19 as it hosts Columbia in its first of three home meets this season. The meet is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.