The Crimson placed fifth at the Nike Cup against some of the premier teams in college swimming (Gil Talbot).
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team placed fifth at the 2011 Janis Hape Dowd Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., where it faced some of the elite teams in the pool.
Harvard's 280 points were good for fifth place where the Crimson found itself from beginning to end. No. 12 North Carolina won the meet with 1,334 points with Navy (752), Duke (572.5), and South Carolina (508.5) rounding out the top five. Also competing at the Nike Cup were Old Dominion (217), East Carolina (214) and No. 19 North Carolina State (40).
The Crimson will return to the pool in December beginning with the USA Swimming National Championships Dec. 1-4 in Atlanta, Ga. Some members of the team will also be in action at the MIT Invitational Dec. 2-3 in Cambridge.
Mike Mosca, who placed fourth in the one-meter dive on Friday, took fifth in the three-meter on Saturday. Mosca posted a total of 340.65 points, completing an solid weekend for the freshman.
Chris Satterthwaite took sixth in the 100 free with a time of 45.28, just slower than his personal best of 44.61. Satterthwaite was also in the pool for the 400 free relay along with teammates Zach Walters, Griffin Schumacher and Oliver Lee where the four combined to place sixth with a time of 3:03.86.
Freshman Mike Mosca turned in Harvard's best individual performance of the day with a fourth-place showing in the one-meter dive. Mosca totaled 352.35 points, just 9.45 points behind the event's winner.
Chris Satterthwaite, Michael Gaudiani, Spenser Goodman and Zach Walters combined for a fourth-place finish in the 800 free relay, one day after the Crimson's 200 free relay placed fifth. The four posted a time of 6:45.70.
Harvard took a pair of seventh-place finishes in the 400 IM and the 100 back. Gaudiani finished the 400 IM in 4:01.57, one second slower than his PR of 4:00.57 in the event. Jack Pretto earned a time of 50.55 for seventh in the 100 back.
Rounding out Harvard's top performers on Friday was Satterthwaite, who won the B final of the 200 free to take ninth overall. The sophomore completed the race in 1:40.08.
The Crimson's best finish of the day came in the 200 free relay as the team of Griffin Schumacher, Jack Pretto, Chris Satterthwaite and Oliver Lee combined for a fifth-place finish. The quartet posted a time of 1:23.31, with Satterthwaite's split of 20.70 topping his pervious personal best in the 50 free of 20.86.
Freshman Chuck Katis turned in a sixth-place performance in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.30. Lee returned to the pool in the 50 free where he took eighth with a time of 20.85.
Harvard sits in fifth place after day one of competition with a total of 89 points. No. 12 North Carolina leads with 415 points with Navy (230), Duke (173) and South Carolina (150) rounding out the top five. Also competing at the Nike Cup is Old Dominion (80), East Carolina (52) and No. 19 North Carolina State (14).