Meet of the Week Recap: Princeton Leads Harvard, Yale After Day One of H-Y-P Men’s Meet

By Jason Marsteller

PRINCETON, New Jersey, February 3. IN the first day of the men's H-Y-P meet held at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J., Princeton owned a lead in both of its duals at part of the Meet of the Week on Feb. 3. Princeton led Harvard (94-92) and Yale (127-59), while Yale owned a 94-92 advantage over Harvard. Overall, Harvard won five events, while Princeton won three and Yale captured two.

Alex Righi of Yale led all swimmers with a pair of titles with wins in the 100 back and 50 free. He also clocked a B-cut time in the 100 back leadoff of Yale's 400 medley relay.

200 freestyle relay
Harvard's foursome of Geoff Rathgeber, David Guernsey, Bill Jones and Pat Quinn pipped Princeton's quartet of Mike Carter, Mike Baity, Will Schaffer and Doug Lennox, 1:21.85 to 1:21.94 for the title. Meanwhile, Yale's top time of 1:24.99 recorded by Geof Zann, Dan Li, Jon Taylor and Tyler Scheid earned a fourth-place finish.

200 freestyle
David Guernsey made it two in a row for Harvard with a top-time of 1:38.86, while Yale's Andrew Foss placed second in 1:38.94 just behind. Princeton's John Hartmann rounded out the podium in 1:39.59.

100 backstroke
Yale's Alex Righi broke the mini-streak by Harvard by touching first in 49.16 ahead of Princeton's second-place finisher Mike Zee (50.22). Jason Degnan-Rojeski grabbed third place with a time of 50.34 for Harvard.

100 breaststroke
Princeton's John LaMonaca gave his team its first title with a time of 56.85, while Yale's Colin Stalnecker snagged second in 57.56. Meanwhile, Joe Christiana closed out the top three in 57.65 for Harvard.

200 butterfly
Doug Lennox led a dominant top-four sweep in the 200 fly for Princeton with a B-cut time of 1:46.77. Meanwhile, teammate Meir Hasbani placed second with a B-cut time of 1:47.36, while Dan Eckel (1:48.47) and Ryan Rimmele (1:50.20) took third and fourth, respectively for Princeton. Yale's Chris Pool clocked a fifth-place 1:50.42, while Harvard's Dan Jones took sixth with a time of 1:50.52.

50 freestyle
Yale's Alex Righi claimed his second title with a winning time of 20.34 in the splash-and-dash as he held off second-place finisher Pat Quinn (20.94) of Harvard. Princeton's Mike Carter closed out the top three in 21.06.

One-meter diving
Princeton's Mike Papageorge claimed the one-meter diving title with 308.35 points, while Yale's Jeff Lichtenstein took second with 294.70 points. Harvard's Luke Sanders nabbed a third-place 291.60-point tally.

200 IM
Harvard's Geoff Rathgeber won the 200 IM for his team's third title of the meet with a B-cut time of 1:47.67. Meanwhile, Princeton's Meir Hasbani snagged second place with a B-cut time of 1:48.89, while his teammate Will Schaffer rounded out the podium in 1:51.95. Yale's Billy Rubenstein posted his team's best effort with a sixth-place 1:52.22.

1650 freestyle
Harvard owned the distance freestyle event with a top-three sweep. Sam Wollner touched first in a B-cut time of 15:30.34, while teammate Eric Lynch picked up second with a B-cut time of 15:30.87. Alex Meyer completed the sweep with a time of 15:34.71. Princeton's Dave Ashley took fourth in 15:35.46, while Yale's best finish came with a ninth-place time of 15:56.41 by Kent Garber.

400 medley relay
Harvard closed out a successful day as Jason Degnan-Rojeski, Geoff Rathgeber, Dan Jones and David Guernsey finished first in 3:18.40. Princeton's quartet of Mike Zee, John LaMonaca, Meir Hasbani and Doug Lennox took second in 3:19.16, while Yale's team of Alex Righi, Colin Stalnecker, Chris Pool and Andrew Foss finished third in 3:19.90. Notably, Righi's 100 back leadoff of 48.29 cleared the B-cut threshold.

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