Men’s Swimming and Diving Maintains Second-Place Standing After Day Two of Ivy Championships

Niall Janney was one of four Harvard swimmers to qualify for the 400 IM finals (David Silverman).

Wes Stearns Takes Second in the 1,650-yard Freestyle

In the second day of competition at the 2011 Ivy League Championships, the Harvard men's swimming and diving team turned in a number of strong performances to maintain its second-place position heading into the final day of competition. Harvard ended Day 2 with a team score of 916.5, just behind Princeton, which compiled 950 points through two days of action.

Jack Pretto, Justin Davidson, Nicholas Tan and Oliver Lee started the finals session with a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1:29.99 in the race. In the next event, Wes Stearns out-stroked Paul Nolle of Princeton to win his heat of the 1,650 free, posting a time of 15:18.62 which was good for second overall in the race. Blake Lewkowitz also had a strong swim in the 1,650, posting a time of 15:30.99 for a fourth-place result.

Four Harvard swimmers qualified for the 400 individual medley finals and Niall Janney led the quartet with a time of 3:56.48, good for third in the race. Tan chipped in 24 team points with a sixth-place finish in the 100 butterfly and Chris Satterthwaite and Spenser Goodman finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 free in the following race. Jason Ting collected 24.50 points with a fifth-place tie in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 56.57 and Pretto turned in a solid swim in the 100 back, placing third in 49.03.

Senior Zac Ranta earned some valuable points for Harvard in the three-meter diving competition, placing second with a total of 340.35 and freshman Joe Zarrella placed seventh in his first Ivy Championships final. The Crimson wrapped up Day 2 with a second place finish in the 800 free relay, as Goodman, Gregory Roop, Danny Crigler and Satterthwaite swam a time of 6:34.95.

The Crimson looks to reel in front-running Princeton in the final day of competition at the Ivy Championships, beginning at 11 a.m., with the trials and finishing with the finals at 6 p.m.