Mosca's Record Day Helps Men's Swimming and Diving to Win at Brown
Mosca bested his own school records in the one- and three-meter diving events (Kevin Burns).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team won 14 of 16 events and received a pair of record-breaking performances from Mike Mosca en route to a 206-90 victory over Brown Thursday afternoon in Ivy League action.
Harvard (4-0, 4-0 Ivy League) cruised to its 19th straight win against the Bears (3-3, 0-3 Ivy League) thanks in part to three 1-2-3 finishes. The win also improved the Crimson to 80-2 in the all-time series against Brown and was the team's sixth straight dating back to last year.
Mosca, Chuck Katis, Christian Carbone, Oliver Lee and Michael Gaudiani each won a pair of events for Harvard highlighted by Mosca's record-breaking day. The sophomore opened with a score of 412.42 on three-meter diving board, surpassing his own school record in the event of 394.80. Mosca then turned in a score of 372.45 on the one meter, topping the previous mark of 367.25 which he also held.
Katis won both the 200 IM and 100 back by comfortable margins. His 200 IM time of 1:50.93 put him nearly four seconds ahead of teammate Christian Yeager who took second in 1:54.83, and was nearly five seconds better than Carbone's time of 1:55.42 for third. In the 100 back, Katis cruised to the wall in 50.44 while teammate Jack Pretto touched second in 51.76.
Carbone continued his dominance in the 200 fly, registering his third straight win in the event in a dual-meet format with a time of 1:50.53. Leo Lim was the race's second-place finisher in 1:51.30. Carbone also notched his second straight win in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.34, more than one second faster than Brown's Thomas Mercurio in second.
Lee controlled the spring free events with wins in the 50 and 100, his first two victories of the year. The junior turned in a time of 20.67 in the 50 free to best Jeffrey Strausser (20.90) from Brown while his time of 45.42 in the 100 free gave him a generous cushion against teammates Griffin Schumacher (46.32), Will Brophy (46.70) and Danny Crigler (46.74).
Gaudiani had the closest race of Harvard's double winners with a narrow margin of victory in the 500 free of just 0.64. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native touched the wall in 4:33.30, narrowly beating out Cory Mayfield of Brown who finished in 4:33.94. Gaudiani also won the 1,000 free in 9:20.45, putting a comfortable margin between himself and Mayfield who once again placed second in 9:23.46.
Other winners for the Crimson included Jacob Luna (100 fly, 50.46) Owen Wurzbacher (100 breast, 58.14) and Christian Yeager (200 back, 1:51.34). Harvard also cruised to victory in the 200 medley relay as Pretto, Katis, Lee and Schumacher combined for a time of 1:30.80.
Harvard will be back in action Friday, Jan. 25 when it takes on No. 20 Notre Dame and Towson in South Bend, Ind.