Harvard Sends Seniors Out On Winning Note Against Brown

Photo Courtesy: Harvard University Athletics

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, January 12. THE Harvard swimming and diving teams sent their senior class out in style on Saturday, sweeping Ivy League rival Brown in the final home meet of the season.

Harvard Women’s Press Release

The women’s swimming and diving team came away with a decisive victory over Ivy League foe Brown on Senior Day Saturday. The Crimson (3-1, 3-1 Ivy) fended off the Bears (4-1, 0-1 Ivy) in convincing fashion, 202-98.

The Crimson, which finished the day with 12 total event wins and sent its seven seniors out in style (as far as home meets are concerned), started out with a splash after Danielle Lee, Sara Li, Kendall Crawford and Victoria Chan took first in the opening event, the 200 medley relay. The quartet clocked in at 1:44.88 for 11 points and an early lead in the Crimson’s favor.

Harvard stole the top-four spots in the 1000 freestyle, led by Sherry Liu’s speedy, first-place winning 9:58.97 time. Kelsey Hojan-Clark (10:05.38) took second, followed by Willa Wang (10:07.75) and Marlee Ehrlich (10:16.71).

Ashlee Korsberg claimed the first of her two event wins on the afternoon in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall first in 1:50.61. The freshman also took home the 500 free, clocking in at 4:53.62 later in the afternoon for a mid-distance sweep.

Danielle Lee picked up her second of four total event wins next with a quick 54.84 split in the 100 backstroke, edging out a pair of Brown swimmers for the title. The sophomore went on to claim the top spot in the 100 free (51.15) and the 200 IM (2:06.73) for the Crimson.

In the 11th event of the day, senior co-captain Danielle Schulkin raced the fastest fourth lap of the 200 butterfly to take second place (2:05.01), .15 of a second behind Brown’s Gina Matsumoto’s 2:04.86, her best finish of the day. Fellow senior classmate Sara Li grabbed first in the lightning-fast 50 free, touching the wall in 23.69 for nine team points.

In the first diving event of the day for both squads, freshman Brittany Wang beat out fellow classmate Elina Leiviska in the 3-meter dive, taking first with her combined score of 297.16. Leiviska, who scored a 279.61 in the 3-meter, also took second in the 1-meter towards the end of the day, holding a 285.46 combined score when all was said and done.

Kendall Crawford, who was a part of the winning 200 medley relay unit, took home another top spot with her 200 backstroke effort of 2:01.48. She would finish fourth in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 58.18, for two points towards the Crimson’s cause.

Butterfly specialist Courtney Otto claimed first in the 100 fly, as the junior set the pace with her 57.17 split. She took part in the 200 IM, finishing in second just behind Lee with her 2:07.82.

Even though Harvard dropped the final event of the day to the visiting Bears, the 200 free relay, the Crimson took the Ivy dual with a steady margin of 202-98. Harvard returns to the pool in just a week’s time for yet another Ancient Eight dual meet as it travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Harvard Men’s Press Release

The Harvard men’s swimming and diving squad found itself in the winning column for the 15th consecutive time in dual meets as the Crimson (4-0, 4-0 Ivy) defeated Brown (3-1, 0-1 Ivy), 191-101, on Senior Day.

Though it was a day to honor the eight seniors on the team, freshman Cliff Goertemiller stole the show, in some regards, as he was bestowed the honor of being the Ironman – he was given the task of swimming every lap of every event in lane 8 throughout the day.

In the scored portion of the dual meet, the Crimson got off to a quick start with a solid win in the 200 medley relay. Seniors Jack Pretto, Danny Crigler, Chris Satterthwaite and sophomore Jacob Luna combined for a top-earning 1:30.50 time, followed shortly by freshmen Jack Manchester and Eric Ronda, senior Oliver Lee and junior Griffin Schumacher, who finished in second in 1:31.65.

Mike Gaudiani and Steven Kekacs went one-two in the lengthy 1000 free, clocking in at 9:24.36 and 9:33.39, respectively, for 13 more team points in the Crimson’s favor. Senior Spenser Goodman (1:39.68) and freshman Aly Abdel Khalik (1:40.60) made it two events in a row for Harvard with a one-two finish, taking the top spots in the 200 free.

Pretto grabbed another first place finish in the next event, the 100 backstroke. His 50.06 time just beat out teammate’s Mitchell Foster’s 51.07 in second. Harvard claimed the top-three finishers in the 100 breaststroke an event later, as Ronda (58.10), Crigler (58.11) and senior Jason Ting (58.37) all finished consecutively for the Crimson, earning 16 more points.

In the fastest heat of the day, the 50 free, Schumacher beat out co-captains Satterthwaite and Harvard record-holder Lee with his 20.33 split for yet another first place event for Harvard. During the break, senior Joe Zarrella took home the 1-meter dive with his 293.48 combined score. Zarrella also took home the 3-meter portion, scoring 337.50 to earn the sweep in his last home meet.

Schumacher sprinted to yet another quick freestyle win, this time taking the 100 free with ease, beating out Crigler and Goodman with his 44.99 time. Manchester kept things rolling right along for Harvard with his win in the 200 backstroke (1:48.08), before Ronda took home the 200 breaststroke in 2:04.81. Satterthwaite won another event with his 4:32.12 finish in the 500 free, beating out Gaudini and Kekacs for top-spot.

Though Brown claimed the last two races, it was too little too late for it to impact the final score as Harvard swam away with its 191-101 victory. The men return to the pool on Jan. 17 with a two-day trip to the Virginia Tech open in Blacksburg, Va.

Brown Women’s Press Release

The Brown women’s swimming and diving team dropped its first contest of the season, a 202-98 defeat at the hands of Harvard on Saturday.

Senior Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) was Brown’s lone double event winner on Saturday as she took home titles in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.62) before securing the win in the 200-yard breaststroke with a mark of 2:21.12.

Sophomore Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) tallied a win in the 200-yard butterfly, outlasting Harvard’s Danielle Schulkin with a time of 2:04.86.

Reia Tong (Bethesda, Md.), Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, Mass.), Megan Nolet (Saratoga, Calif.), and Paige Gilley (Cupertino, Calif.) grabbed victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.94).

Gilley found success in the 100-yard backstroke event, claiming a second place finish (58.42) while teammate Emma Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) finished third in the event with a time of 59.44.

The Bears travel to Philadelphia next Saturday to battle Ivy League foe, Penn, at Sheerr Pool beginning at 12 p.m.

Brown Men’s Press Release

The Brown men’s swimming and diving squad battled Ivy League foe, Harvard, on Saturday before ultimately dropping its first decision of the season, 194-101.

Despite the loss, the Bears took home titles in four events, led by double event winner Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, N.J.).

Glenn took home the crown in both the 100-yard butterfly (49.24) and 200-yard butterfly (1:48.75).

The Bears also found success in the 200-yard IM as Brown claimed the top-four finishes in the event, led by Connor Lohman’s (Prospect, Ky.) mark of 1:55.29. Max Bley-Male (1:59.16), Cory Mayfield (2:01.90), and Christopher Meyers (2:05.02) rounded out the top-four for the Bears.

The quartet of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, Mass.), Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, Calif.), Jack Nee (Pepper Pike, Ohio), and Tommy Glenn claimed victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:07.00). The Bears’ B team of Oliver Diamond, Daniel Klotz, Max Blay-Male, and William Lacosta finished second with a mark of 3:12.15, followed by the D team of Paul Hunter, Nick Johnston, Ryan Saenger, and Cory Mayfield (3:17.15).

In diving action, sophomore Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, N.C.) placed second in the three-meter diving event with 327.76 points.

Brown continues Ivy League competition next Saturday as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Penn.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a free-lance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado.

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