Harvard Crowns Eight All-American's at 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Harvard totaled eight All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships (Gil Talbot).
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Harvard earned four All-America accolades on the final day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships to move its weekend total to eight as Griffin Schumacher, Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite placed 16th in the 400 free relay.
The quartet combined for a time of 2:55.18 in the 400 free relay consolation finals after posting a time of 2:54.88 Saturday morning in the prelims. On Friday, Satterthwaite, Katis, Zach Walters and Schumacher turned in a 13th-place showing in the 800 free relay, giving the Crimson five separate All-American's in their first appearance at the meet. The results are especially exciting for Harvard as each of the five is either a sophomore or freshman.
Harvard has crowned 152 All-American's in program history with 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer '10 earning the last honor in 2010 after placing 14th in the 1,650 free. The Crimson has boasted at least one All-American in 12 of 14 seasons under Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, and a total of 36 in that time. Murphy trails only Harold Ulen's total of 64 All-America honors for most in Harvard coaching history.
The Crimson turned in a total of seven top-25 finishes at the meet, including Satterthwaite's 22nd-place showing in the 100 free and Katis' 25th-place finish in the 200 breast on Saturday. Satterthwaite, the reigning Ivy League champion in the 100 free, posted a time of 43.49 in Saturday's prelims while Katis clocked in at 1:58.05 in the 200 breast.
Satterthwaite was also in action in the 200 free prelims on Friday and missed qualifying for the finals by the narrowest of margins. Satterthwaite placed 20th in 1:35.81, while Auburn's James Disney-May was the final individual to make the finals with a time of 1:35.43. Zach Walters finished 43rd in the event with a time of 1:37.91.
Katis narrowly missed the cut for the finals in the 100 breast on Friday as his time of 53.62 also placed him 20th. Katis had set the school record in the event at the Ivy League Championships with a time of 53.17, while Kevin Munsch of Arizona claimed the final spot in the finals by clocking in at 53.48.
The Crimson began the meet on Thursday with a strong showing in the 200 free relay, as its time of 1:20.27 placed it 20th. Harvard had placed second in the event with the same lineup of Schumacher, Lee, Walters and Satterthwaite at the Ivy League Championships, posting a school record time of 1:19.17, and finished two places ahead of Princeton on Thursday.
Lee, Satterthwaite and Schumacher also competed in the 50 free on Thursday, with Lee leading the way in 50th place with a time of 20.16. Satterthwaite placed 55th in 20.20 while Schumacher took 68th in 20.50.