ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Men's Swimming and Diving Looks to Reclaim ECAC Title

Photo Courtesy: David Silverman

The Particulars

The men’s swimming and diving team travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to compete in the 2010 ECAC Championships Feb. 26-28. This weekend’s event marks the first competition for the men’s team in a month as it last competed in the HYP meet in Princeton, N.J., Jan. 29-30.

Last Year’s ECAC Championships
Head Coach Tim Murphy and his squad opened the postseason with a second-place finish at the ECAC Championships, held at Blodgett Pool. The 22nd-ranked Crimson, seeking its third straight ECAC title, recorded two second-place showings on day one. The quartet of Eric Taylor, Graham Frankel, Rick McKellar and Tyler Holland completed the 200 freestyle relay in a collective 1:22.39 for second. Evan Schindewolf (1:50.88) had a second-place effort in the 200 IM, as he was the first of five Harvard swimmers to touch the wall in the top 8 of the race.

On the next day, Schindewolf grabbed another second-place showing, this time in the 400 IM (3:58.50). On the third and final day of racing at the tournament, Frankel took second in the 100 freestyle (44.85) and joined McKellar, Taylor and Holland in a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:00.80). Overall, Harvard finished the meet in second place with 512.5 points, trailing only Navy, which accumulated 703.5.

History Lesson
The first ECAC Championship Meet was contested in 1992 with Buffalo taking the first-ever title. In recent years, Harvard has performed well at the meet, capturing the title in 2007 and 2008 and finishing in the runner-up position last year. UMBC and James Madison are tied for the most ever ECAC Championship titles with four apiece, while Harvard and Johns Hopkins are close behind with two titles each.

Last Time Out
The Crimson topped Yale and fell to Princeton at the annual HYP meet, held at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool. The Crimson outscored the Bulldogs, 242-106, but dropped the portion of the meet to the Tigers by a score of 203-150.

In the 500 freestyle, Mason Brunnick led a group of Harvard finishers, as the Crimson posted the top four times in the event. Brunnick won the race in 4:26.82, followed by Alex Meyer (4:29.06, Blake Lewkowitz (4:33.56) and Matthew McLean (4:36.00). Niall Janney picked up a win for Harvard (7-2, 6-1 Ivy League) as he swam the fastest time of the meet in the 400 IM. Janney touched the wall in 3:56.47, while teammate Douwe Yntema was third in 4:00.75.

Harvard had two swimmers finish in the top four of the 200 backstroke, as Robert Newell placed third in 1:48.74, while Jordan Diekema’s time of 1:51.80 was good for fourth place. In the 100 butterfly, Nicholas Tan posted Harvard’s best time in the event, swimming the race in 49.58, as he placed fourth. In the final individual race on Saturday, Justin Davidson touched the wall in 2:03.80 to place second, followed a third-place finish from Owen Wurzbacher in 2:03.81.

Up Next
Following the ECAC Championships, the Crimson turns its attention to the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Princeton March 4-6. The Crimson will be looking to capture its 23rd league title.