Pictured: Nicholas Tan had the fastest times in the 100 and
200 butterfly races.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography
PHILADELPHIA – The Crimson men’s swimming and diving team captured victories in 10 events en route to a 183-117 victory at Ivy League rival Penn Saturday afternoon. With the win, Harvard remains unbeaten in conference meets, improving to 4-0, and now stands at 4-1 overall.
Nicholas Tan claimed two wins of his own, as he swam first in the 100 and 200 butterfly races. Tan led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:51.65. Niall Janney (1:51.82) and Ross Ford (1:53.42) were second and third, respectively. Tan also cruised in the 100 butterfly, defeating the competition with a mark of 50.16. Co-captain Alex Meyer had the fastest time of the day in the 1000 freestyle, as he placed first in 9:30.61. Teammates Blake Lewkowitz (9:31.50) and Mason Brunnick (9:35.51) were close behind with the second and third fastest marks in the event. Meyer also led a 1-2finish in the 500 free, as he (4:36.09) and Brunnick (4:37.70) placed first and second, respectively.
Freshman swimmers shined in the 200 freestyle, as Greg Roop and Brendan McIntee recorded a 1-2 finish. Roop grabbed the wall in 1:42.08 for the win, while McIntee was second in 1:43.48. In the relay races, Will Heyburn, Eric Taylor, Tan and Nicholas DuCille combined to win the 400 free relay with a collective time of 3:06.83, good for 11 team points. Earlier on the day, Tan and DuCille teamed up with Robert Newell and Owen Wurzbacher to earn a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:33.49). Newell picked up a victory two individual races, as he had a meet-best time of 51.91 in the 100 backstroke. Newell also won the 200 backstroke, claiming the event in 1:51.38. Harvard swimmers posted three of the four best marks in the 100 breaststroke, led by Wurzbacher, who was second in 57.89. Justin Davidson (58.59) and Simone Melillo (59.86) were third and fourth, respectively.
In the 50 free, DuCille nearly won the race, coming 0.07 seconds short of victory, as he touched the wall in 21.51. Will Heyburn was a close third, coming in at 21.60. The two swimmers had a similar finish in the 100 freestyle, as Heyburn was second 47.47, followed by a third-place finish by DuCille (47.48). On the boards, rookie Michael Stanton accumulated a score of 319.73, good for first in the three-meter competition. Zac Ranta was third in 287.48, while he finished second in the one-meter diving (291.30). Stanton, meanwhile, was third on the one-meter board, scoring 280.28. In Harvard’s final individual victory of the meet, Janney cruised to first in the 400 IM, taking the race in 4:02.86. Wurzbacher was second in the 400 IM, as he grabbed the wall in 4:07.27.
A contingent of Harvard divers will compete at the second day of the Princeton Diving Invitational Sunday.