Top Two Teams Separated by 5.5 Points as Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes Second at Ivy Championships
Zac Ranta took home the Ron Keenhold Award as the career high point diver (Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – While the Harvard men's swimming and diving team trailed Princeton for the majority of the meet, the Crimson fought until the end, taking second in the final race of the Ivy League Championships to claim second place overall at the meet. Princeton defended its title with a score of 1,400 while the Crimson finished a close second with a score 1,394.5 over the three days of competition.
At the end of the meet, Harvard senior diver Zac Ranta was presented with the Ron Keenhold Award as the career high-point diver at the Ivy Championships. Ranta qualified for five diving finals at the Ivy Championships during his career at Harvard.
Wes Stearns started Harvard's final day of competition with a third-place time of 9:07.91 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, while Blake Lewkowitz took seventh in the event with a 9:22.0 mark. Robert Newell placed third in the next event, the 200 backstroke, with a time of 1:48.70 and Jack Pretto earned points with a sixth-place finish in the race. Freshman Chris Satterthwaite led a trio of Harvard swimmers in the 100 free with a second-place time of 44.76, while Oliver Lee (44.97) and Will Heyburn (45.20) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Rookie Jason Ting took fourth in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:00.84 and Nicholas Tan (1:48.84) and Niall Janney (1:49.73) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Michael Stanton got out to a big lead in the one-meter diving competition and held off Princeton's Stephen Vines to claim the title in the event with a final score of 327.27. Ranta placed fifth in the event with a final score of 283.44.
Harvard entered the final race, the 400 free relay, trailing Princeton by just 7.5 points and while the Crimson managed to edge out the Tigers, Columbia took the win in the event, keeping the Crimson in second in the final meet standings. Satterthwaite, Danny Crigler, Will Heyburn and Lee posted a time of 2:57.95 in the race.
Harvard now turns its attention to NCAA competition with the Zone Diving Championships being held March 11-13 in Annapolis, Md., and the National Championship Meet taking place March 24-27 in Minneapolis, Minn.