CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, February 27. THE Harvard men certainly made a statement on day one of the Ivy League Championships, striking out to a 105-point lead ahead of rival Princeton (400) in Cambridge with 505 total points.
Penn (315), Yale (243), Dartmouth (231), Columbia (222), Brown (189.5) and Cornell (170.5) also put up times to score during the first day of swimming.
Harvard’s Griffin Schumacher, Olivier Lee, Danny Crigler and Chris Satterthwaite came within a fingernail of taking down the meet record in the men’s 200-yard free relay to start the night. Harvard popped a 1:17.94, just off Princeton’s 2009 effort of 1:17.93, but crushed Harvard’s pool record of 1:19.31 from 2008. It also locked down a relay spot at NCAAs for Harvard with an NCAA A cut. Penn’s Eric Schultz, Rhoads Worster, Alex Porter and Dillon McHugh placed second in 1:19.07 with Princeton’s Harrison Wagner, Connor Maher, En-wei Hu-Van Wright and Jeremy Wong taking third in 1:19.52.
Penn’s Chris Swanson put a scare into a meet record of his own with a 4:18.31 to win the men’s 500-yard free. That performance came up short of Travis McNamara’s 2009 mark of 4:18.04. Yale’s Brian Hogan took second in 4:19.53, while Harvard’s Aly Abdel Khalik snared third in 4:21.88.
Princeton had an incredibly strong 200-yard IM, going 1-2-3 in the process. Teo D’Alessandro topped the pool record with a 1:45.45 for the win. That effort picked off another D-apostrophe as Nick D’Innocenzo previously owned the mark with a 1:45.52 from 2009. Marco Bove finished second in 1:46.53, while Byron Sanborn placed third in 1:46.61.
Penn picked up another individual title with Eric Schultz racing his way to a 19.70 in the men’s 50-yard free. He just touched out Harvard’s Griffin Schumacher, who placed second in 19.72. Harvard’s Satterthwaite threw down a 19.76 for a third-place finish in what proved to be an exciting outcome.
Harvard’s Michael Mosca tallied 369.45 points to win the one-meter title during the diving break, while Dartmouth’s Brett Gillis totalled 361.15 points. Harvard’s Joe Zarrella wound up third overall with 338.75 points.
Harvard’s Jack Manchester, Eric Ronda, Jacob Luna and Chris Satterthwaite powered their way to the meet record in the men’s 400-yard medley relay with a 3:10.42. That effort crushed Princeton’s 2013 mark of 3:11.38 as well as Mission Viejo’s ancient pool record of 3:13.22 from 1981 that included Jesse Vassallo. Princeton’s Michael Strand, Byron Sanborn, Teo D’Alessandro and Jeremy Wong finished second in 3:10.82 also under both records. Dartmouth’s James Verhagen, Nejc Zupan, David Harmon and Daniel Whitcomb snagged third-place honors in 3:12.49.