Men's Swimming and Diving Races to HYP Win, Secures Ivy League Dual Meet Title
The Crimson won 14 of 19 events to claim the HYP title over Princeton and Yale (Kevin Burns).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team rode eight event victories on Saturday and six more on Sunday to wins over Princeton and Yale at the annual HYP meet. This marked the first dual meet win for the Crimson ever at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool and clinched at least a share of the Ivy League dual meet title for the Crimson.
The Crimson extended its dual meet win streak to nine with the pair of victories and improved to 8-0 overall on the year, 6-0 in the Ivy League. Harvard also set three school records at the meet, one DeNunzio Pool record and registered 14 NCAA 'B' standard times.
Harvard will conclude its dual meet schedule when it hosts Penn Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m.
Harvard picked up on Sunday right where it left off on Saturday, setting a school record in the 200 medley relay to get the day rolling. Jack Pretto, Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee and Griffin Schumacher teamed up for an NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:27.18, edging out the previous school record of 1:27.61 which was set in 2009. Princeton took second with a time of 1:27.62.
Princeton responded with a win on the one meter as Stephen Vines posted a score of 332.75 to narrowly beat out Mike Mosca's score of 330.40. Harvard took the next two events, however, beginning with Christian Carbone's 'B' standard time of 3:49.85 in the 400 IM. Carbone blew the other competitors out of the water as Princeton's Caleb Tuten took second in 3:54.79. The freshman's time stands as the fifth fastest in school history.
Lee and Chris Satterthwaite owned the 100 free with a pair of NCAA 'B' standard times. Lee set a new personal record of 43.29 for the win with Satterthwaite finishing second in 44.10. Lee's time is tied for the 10th best in the NCAA this season and is the second fastest in program history behind Satterthwaite's school record of 43.18.
The Tigers came back to go 1-2 in the 200 back and 1-2-3 in the 100 fly before the Crimson secured their HYP victory with three straight wins to close out the meet. Steven Kekacs led a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free with personal best time of 4:26.23 to carry Harvard down the stretch, just ahead of teammates Kyle McIntee (4:26.35) and Greg Roop (4:28.46, PR).
The 200 breast belonged to Katis who turned in his third individual win of the weekend with a time of 1:57.87. Schumacher, Lee, Brophy and Satterthwaite capped the weekend off with a winning time of 2:55.24 in 400 free relay, the second best time in program annals and an NCAA 'B' cut.
Chuck Katis headlined a dominating day one for the Harvard men's swimming and diving team at the annual HYP meet, winning both the 100 breast and 200 IM to help The Crimson open sizeable leads over Princeton and Yale. Harvard will resume competition on day two with a 106-80 advantage over the Tigers and a 153-33 margin over Yale.
Harvard won eight of the 10 events on Saturday beginning with the 200 free relay. Griffin Schumacher, Oliver Lee, Will Brophy and Chris Satterthwaite combined for a time of 1:18.71 in the event, setting a new school record and eclipsing the NCAA 'B' standard in the process. Schumacher, Lee and Satterthwaite were each a part of the previous school record of 1:19.17, which they set last year along with Zach Walters. Princeton swam to a second-place finish with a time of 1:19.37.
Mike Mosca made it two in a row for the Crimson with a dominate performance on the three-meter diving board. The sophomore set a pool record with his score of 399.45, more than 35 points ahead of Princeton's Stephen Vines who took second with 363.70 points. Michael Stanton, meanwhile, turned in 317.05 points to take third.
The 200 free proved the be the closest race of the day as Princeton's Sandy Boyle finished first in 1:36.79, just out touching Satterthwaite who finished second in 1:36.81. Both times met the NCAA 'B' standard and rank 1-2 in the Ivy League this season.
Princeton went 1-2-3 in the 100 back with Michael Strand placing first in 48.57. That was the last race the Tigers would win, however, as the Crimson swept the final six events of the night.
Katis picked up his first victory in the 100 breast with a time of 54.08 as Princeton touched the wall in second and third. Katis, who previously turned in the fourth best times in the NCAA this season at 52.49, has now won the event three times on the year.
The 200 fly also went to Harvard as Christian Carbone remained unbeaten in the race with a personal best time of 1:45.84, meeting the NCAA 'B' standard. That time ranks 19th in the NCAA and is the fourth fastest time ever posted by a member of the Crimson. Jacob Luna took second in the event in 1:46.46, also an NCAA 'B' standard time and the sixth fastest in program history.
Lee turned in a stellar performance in the 50 free, breaking Satterthwaite's school record of 19.84 with a time of 19.76. That currently stands as the 10th best time in the country and meets the NCAA 'B' standard. Griffin Schumacher, meanwhile, also posted a 'B' standard time of 20.19 to take third.
Katis returned to the pool to pick up his second win with a time of 1:47.71 in the 200 IM. He was followed by Steven Kekacs who cruised to a victory in the 1,650 free in a personal best 15:22.18, meeting the NCAA 'B' standard.
The 400 medley relay team of Jack Pretto, Katis, Luna and Satterthwaite combined for a time of 3:14.12 to close out the day, topping Princeton's 'A' team which finished in 3:14.37.