Men's Swimming and Diving Cruises to Wins Over No. 20 Notre Dame, Towson
Harvard improved to 6-0 with a pair of convincing victories over No. 20 Notre Dame and Towson (Kevin Burns).
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team won 16-of-19 events, including eight of 10 on Saturday, to remain unbeaten on the year with wins over No. 20 Notre Dame and Towson at the Shamrock Invitational. The Crimson took down the Fighting Irish by a score of 264-100, and topped the Tigers by a score of 314-52.
Harvard also posted two pool records at the Rolfs Aquatic Center, a 27 year old facility that opened in 1985. The victories improve the Crimson to 6-0 in 2012-13 with a 4-0 record against Ivy League opponents.
The meet started quickly for Harvard as Jack Pretto, Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite won the 400 medley relay in a pool record time of 3:17.66. From there, the Crimson went on to record back-to-back victories in the 200 back and 50 free.
The 100 breast went to Notre Dame's Christopher Johnson in a pool record 54.17 while Chuck Katis, who entered the meet unbeaten in the event, placed second in a 'B' standard time of 54.73. Harvard went on to win the remaining events, however, beginning with a 1-2 finish in the 100 fly by Jacob Luna (49.95) and Lee (50.11).
Chris Satterthwaite led a dominant performance for Harvard in the 200 free as the top five finishers each wore Crimson. Satterthwaite touched the wall in 1:40.05 with Zachary Walters (1:40.24), Greg Roop (1:40.29), Kyle McIntee (1:40.53) and Griffin Schumacher (1:40.59) each finishing close behind.
Mike Mosca posted his fifth consecutive victory on the one meter with a score of 359.70, more than 30 points better than Nick Nemetz of Notre Dame who took second with a 328.30. In the 400 IM, Christian Carbone set a Rolfs Aquatic Center record with a time of 3:52.34, setting a personal record and eclipsing the NCAA 'B' standard in the process. Katis (3:56.62), Yeager (3:58.09) and Michael Gaudiani (4:00.79) placed second, third and fourth in the event, respectively.
Friday's final event also went to the Crimson as Schumacher, Zachary Walters, Lee and Satterthwaite combined for a 'B' standard time of 2:58.81 in the 400 free relay.
Action resumed on Saturday and it was business as usual as the Crimson picked up wins in the 200 free relay and 100 back. Schumacher, Will Brophy, Lee and Satterthwaite turned in a time of 1:20.11 to capture the relay event, while Rocca led a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back with a time of 50.78. Luna (50.90) and Pretto (50.92) finished second and third, respectively.
Notre Dame's Zachary Stephens won the 200 breast in an NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:59.65, just ahead of Katis who touched the wall in 1:59.96. Harvard got back on track in the 100 free with Lee (44.50) and Satterthwaite (44.78) going 1-2, and in the 200 fly Carbone (1:48.29 PR), Luna (1:48.68) and Lim (1:49.16) went 1-2-3.
After a win by the Fighting Irish in the 500 free, the Crimson rallied to win each of the last four events beginning with Pretto, Katis, Lee and Schumacher combining for a time of 1:29.89 in the 200 medley relay.
Mike Mosca turned in yet another win on the three-meter diving board as his score of 393.05 was more than 50 points better than the second-place finisher, Ted Wagner from Notre Dame. Katis followed with his first individual win of the weekend in the 200 IM (1:50.18) and Satterthwaite, Katis, Schumacher and Walters wrapped up the meet with a time of 6:40.00 in the 800 free relay.
Harvard will be back in action next weekend as it heads to Princeton, N.J. for the annual HYP meet Saturday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 3.