Corey Okubo Leads Princeton To Ivy Title

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No. 23 Princeton made its move when it counted. The Tigers pulled ahead of the Harvard Crimson on the final day of the Ivy Swimming and Diving Championship.

Final team scores:
Princeton – 1520.5
Harvard – 1499
Pennsylvania – 1213.5
Yale – 836
Cornell – 790
Columbia – 786.5
Brown – 672
Dartmouth – 491.5

The evening finals started off well for the Tigers. Corey Okubo took the gold medal in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:43.07. Harvard’s Jack Manchester took second at 1:43.35, and Cornell’s Will Strange earned the bronze with a time of 1:43.50.

There was a tie for the championship in the 100-yard freestyle. Pennsylvania’s Eric Schultz and Princeton’s En-Wei Hu-Van Wright each touched in 43.19. Princeton’s Sandy Bole earned the bronze with a time of 43.58. The Tigers had four swimmers in the event’s A final.

In the men’s 200-yard breaststroke, Alex Evdokimov of Cornell posted a strong time of 1:53.56 to take first place. Princeton’s Byron Sanborn touched second in 1:56.22 and Pennsylvania’s Colin McHugh earned a third place finish with a time of 1:56.36.

Princeton placed four swimmers in the A final of the 200-yard butterfly. Harvard’s Jacob Luna took first, however, touching in 1:44.27. The Tiger teammates of Okubo and Marco Bove took second and third, respectively. Okubo touched in 1:44.44 and Bove was third in 1:44.62.

Columbia’s Jayden Pantel earned a title in the 3-meter diving competition, tallying 371.50 points. Brown’s Jonathan Schlafer and Noam Altman-Kurosaki of Princeton followed.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the meet, Princeton won by over a second. The Tiger team of Wright, Julian Mackrel, Ben Schafer and Bole posted a time of 2:52.06. Pennsylvania took the second place spot on the podium with a time of 2:53.10. Harvard finished third in 2:54.35.

Brown hosted the meet.

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Author: Peter Baugh

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Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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