Pictured: Jordan Diekema posted the fastest time of the meet
in the 100 backstroke.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography
PRINCETON, N.J. –-The Harvard men’s swimming and diving team captured four individual races at the first day of competition of the HYP meet, hosted at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool. The Crimson holds a 139-44 lead against Yale, while the team trails Princeton, 100-86. The Tigers also own a 138-47 lead over the Bulldogs after the first 10 events of the meet.
In possibly the Crimson’s best showing on Friday, Alex Meyer led a 1-2-3 performance for Harvard swimmers in the 1,650 freestyle. Meyer won the race in 15:13.80, followed by Blake Lewkowitz (15:33.66) and Mason Brunnick (15:33.67). Michael Stanton grabbed a victory in the three-meter diving event, as he amassed a score of 339.55, just beating out teammate Zac Ranta (332.00). The Crimson won the next event as well, as Mason Brunnick grabbed the wall in 1:39.29, outstretching two Princeton swimmers. Jordan Diekema added to the Harvard streak, as he captured the crown in the 100 backstroke in 49.65, more than a second ahead of the competition.
In the first race of the evening, the quartet of Nicholas Ducille, Nicholas Tan, Eric Taylor and Will Heyburn grabbed a second-place finish, as the unit posted a collective time of 1:23.44. The Crimson earned three of the top five best times in the 100 breaststroke, led by Owen Wurzbacher, who placed second in 56.42. Simone Melillo (57.49) and Justin Davidson (57.50) were fourth and fifth, respectively. In the 200 butterfly, Tan grabbed the wall for second place in 1:50.09, while Ross Ford was third in 1:50.27.
In the 50 free, Taylor was Harvard’s highest finisher, as he placed fourth with a mark of 20.99. Niall Janney posted a time of 1:50.26 in the 200 IM, good for a second-place showing, while Robert Newell was fourth (1:52.59). In the final event, Diekema, Wurzbacher, Tan and Taylor teamed up for second place in the 400 medley relay in 3:20.30.
Day two of the HYP meet will begin Saturday at noon.