Harvard Edges Brown, 127-116; Improves to 5-0 in Conference Meets
Pictured: Zac Ranta won the three-meter board with a score
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Zac Ranta and Michael Stanton swept the diving events and four different Harvard swimmers won individual races to help the Crimson men’s swimming and diving team earn a 127-116 victory over Ivy League rival Brown Friday afternoon at Blodgett Pool. With the win, Harvard improves to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in Ancient Eight meets, while the Bears fall to 2-5 and 1-2 in conference action.
On the boards, Stanton amassed a score of 304.88 to claim the one-meter diving competition, beating out Brown’s C.J. Kambe (302.55). Ranta placed third with 282.68 points, before winning the three-meter by scoring 331.88. Stanton finished second on the three-meter board with 313.28. Mason Brunnick guided Harvard to the top four places in the 1,000 freestyle, as he posted a meet-best time of 9:32.27, almost six seconds ahead of Greg Roop (9:38.36), who was second. Matthew Kaminske (9:45.68) and Jamie Mannion (9:47.77) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Nicholas Tan and Will Heyburn cruised by the competition in the 100 freestyle, as Tan captured the race in 46.49, while Heyburn earned second in 46.63. Harvard also picked up a victory in the 500 freestyle, as Alex Meyer grabbed the wall in 4:36.63, followed by a second-place finish by Blake Lewkowitz (4:43.25). In the final individual race of the afternoon, Owen Wurzbacher gave Harvard the lead with a first-place showing in the 100 breaststroke (57.33).
In the 200 freestyle, Brendan McIntee (1:44.74) nearly won the race, falling just 0.05 behind Brown’s James Hunter for second. Tan followed with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 21.59, while Meyer was second in the 400 IM, touching the wall in 4:06.34. In the 100 butterfly, Niall Janney swam the best mark of Harvard swimmers in the race, posting a time of 50.79 for second. Robert Newell completed the 100 backstroke in second place with a mark of 51.79.
In the relay events, Harvard scored a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as Newell, Wurzbacher, Tan, and Rick McKellar combined for a mark of 1:34.67. The Crimson “B” foursome of Greg Pelton, Simone Melillo, Ross Ford and Will Heyburn placed third in 1:35.59, while David Lynch, Justin Davidson, Eric Taylor and McIntee were fourth in 1:36.62. The Crimson also took second in the 200 freestyle relay, as Tan, Janney, Heyburn and McKellar completed the race in 1:25.03.
Harvard hosts local rival Boston University Saturday at 3 p.m.