Bears Bow to Men's Swimming and Diving, 190-104

Michael Stanton helped Harvard sweep both boards against Brown Friday night (David Silverman).

The Harvard men's swimming and diving team returned to competition in fine style, taking care of Brown, 190-104, Friday night at Seekonk High School. The Crimson captured 12 events against the Bears in its first action of 2011.

Harvard wasted little time getting going as Jack Pretto, Will Heyburn, Oliver Lee and Nicholas DuCille teamed to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.75. The distance swimmers were next up for Harvard and Chris Satterthwaite and Blake Lewkowitz did not disappoint, finishing one-two in the 1650 freestyle race. Robert Newell brought Harvard its third victory with a win in the 100 backstroke in 51.17 and Jason Ting (57.88) and Justin Davidson (58.92) followed with a one-two placing in the 100 breaststroke.

The 50 free belonged to DuCille, who captured his second win of the day just in front of his teammate Heyburn, and divers Joe Zarella, Michael Stanton and Zac Ranta swept the one-meter competition that followed. Heyburn turned in a time of 46.06 in the 100 free for his second win of the evening and Wes Stearns and Pretto took the top two spots in the 200 back.

Davidson edged teammate Owen Wurzbacher in the 200 breast with a winning time of 2:06.77 and Greg Roop did the same to teammate Brendan McIntee in the 500 free, taking the top spot with a 4:34.64 mark. Robert Newell led a trio of Crimson swimmers atop the 100 butterfly standings and Stanton led a second Harvard diving sweep, this time on the three-meter board.

The Crimson takes to the pool again Sunday when it welcomes Penn to Blodgett Pool for just its second home meet of the season.