No. 18 Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Second at 2013 Ivy League Championships
The Crimson set six school records and posted 28 NCAA standards at the 2013 Ivy League Championships (The Ivy League/Ryan Samson).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 18 Harvard made a strong run at Princeton but could not catch the leader down the stretch, falling just 68 points shy to finish second at the 2013 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Tigers finished the meet with 1,514 points to edge out the Crimson's total of 1,446 points and claim their fourth straight title. Columbia (1,135) topped Yale (1,038.5) for third place, while Dartmouth (768), Penn (700), Brown (589.5) and Cornell (539) rounded out the standings.
Harvard won eight events on the weekend including five individual. Mike Mosca and Chris Satterthwaite were double-winners for the Crimson, with Mosca sweeping the diving events to be named the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet. Chris Satterthwaite retained his titles in both the 100 and 200 free as Chuck Katis earned his first individual championship in the 100 breast.
Harvard also laid claim to the 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relays.
Six school records fell throughout the weekend including both the sprint free records and the three-meter diving record. Oliver Lee turned in a time of 19.52 in the 50 free prelims to overtake his own school record, while Satterthwaite became the first Crimson to break 43 seconds in the 100 free with a leadoff split of 42.99 in the 400 free relay. Satterthwaite's performance helped the 400 free relay team set a school record of 2:52.32, marking the third relay to break a program barrier after the 200 free relay (1:18.06) and 400 medley relay (4:12.18) teams. Mosca, who owns both the one- and three-meter diving records, topped his own mark on the one meter with a score of 387.05 to win the event for a second straight year.
Both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams earned a trip to the NCAA Championships with their record breaking performances, posting NCAA 'A' standard times. Chuck Katis, who previously set 'A' standards in the 100 and 200 breast, will now be joined by Satterthwaite, Lee, Griffin Schumacher, Zach Walters and Danny Crigler at the national meet at the end of the month. Harvard registered a total of 28 'A' and 'B' cuts throughout the weekend.
The final day of competition began with the 1,650 free where three Crimson turned in 'B' standard times to pull Harvard within one point of Princeton. Kyle McIntee and Steven Kekacs placed fifth and sixth with times of 15:13.07 and 15:14.30, respectively, while Michael Gaudiani turned in a time of 15:23.80 for 10th. Greg Roop also scored points for the Crimson with a 19th-place finish in 15:46.51.
Harvard lost ground to Princeton in the 200 back as four Tigers placed in the top eight against Christian Yeager's fifth-place showing. Yeager touched the wall in 1:45.82, the eighth fastest time in program history and a 'B' standard. Tyler Rocca also competed in the event, swimming a 1:47.41 to take 11th.
The Crimson came alive in the 100 free thanks to a 1-2-3 finish led by Chris Satterthwaite's winning time of 43.28. Oliver Lee came in second in the event in 43.62 with Griffin Schumacher placing third in 43.88. Lee actually turned in the fastest time of the day in the prelims, setting the second fastest time in Harvard history with a 43.21.
Joining the trio in the event were Zachary Walters and Danny Crigler. Walters won the 'B' final to place ninth overall with an NCAA 'B' standard time of 44.24 while Crigler came in 13th in 44.76.
Following the event, Princeton held just a slim 17-point lead.
Harvard would get no closer to first place, however, as the Tigers went ahead by 62 points after the 200 breast. Chuck Katis was the Crimson's top performer as he turned in a 'B' standard time of 1:56.96 to place third, with Matthew Karle coming in 10th in a time of 2:01.02.
Both Jacob Luna and Christian Carbone made the championship final of the 200 fly, placing fourth and seventh, respectively. Luna's time of 1:45.46 met the NCAA 'B' standard and ranks third in program history, while Carbone's time of 1:46.54 from the prelims stands at No. 8 on the list. Leo Lim won the consolation final to place ninth overall with a 'B' standard time of 1:47.40.
Despite a win for Mike Mosca on the three meter, Princeton secured its team victory by placing three in the top six. Mosca was dominant, however, as he scored 409.85 points to complete the sweep on the boards. Mosca's score surpassed the previous high score at the meet using the current scoring system, and gave him a 37-point margin over Stephen Vines from Princeton, the second-place finisher.
Harvard closed the weekend with a meet and school-record performance in the 400 free relay. Satterthwaite was first in the water with a split of 42.99, breaking his own school record in the 100 free, and was followed by Schumacher, Walters and Lee to combine for an NCAA 'A' standard time of 2:52.32. The time was nearly one-second faster than the previous school record and more than two-tenths of a second better than the previous meet record.
Princeton opened day two with a win in the 200 medley relay. The Tigers' quartet touched the wall in 1:26.25, earning them an NCAA 'A' cut and coming in more than one-second faster than Harvard's team of Kyle McIntee, Chuck Katis, Oliver Lee and Danny Crigler which posted a time of 1:27.47.
Despite the early setback, a strong showing in the 1,000 free helped the Crimson begin to distance itself from the Tigers. Harvard placed four in the top 10 against just two for Princeton, including Steven Kekacs who took third in 9:03.98, the 10th fastest time in program history. Michael Gaudiani earned a seventh-place finish with a time of 9:06.67 while Kyle McIntee (9:07.07) and Gregory Roop (9:11.20) placed eighth and 10th, respectively.
A pair of freshmen posted NCAA 'B' standards in the 400 IM, helping Harvard to further distance itself from Princeton. Christian Carbone swam the fourth fastest time in program history to place second in the event at 3:48.77, and was joined by Christian Yeager who took fifth in 3:53.47. Carbone advanced to the championship finals with the fastest time of the morning session, 3:49.76, while Yeager's 3:51.31 was good enough to get him through and ranks seventh all-time.
The Crimson also received scoring performances in the event from Matthew Karle (10th, 3:52.54), Leo Lim (12th, 3:55.97), and Jason Ting (21st, 4:00.91).
Jacob Luna earned a 'B' cut in the 100 fly with a time of 48.17, placing him sixth in the event and fifth on Harvard's all-time top 10. Lee, meanwhile, turned in the eighth fastest time in program annals at 48.51 to take 11th.
Chris Satterthwaite successfully defended his title in the 200 free to help the Crimson's lead balloon to 155 points. Satterthwaite was the second fastest in the prelims at 1:36.99, but his NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:35.00 in the finals was more than one-second faster than the second-place finisher, Columbia's Dominik Koll, who clocked in at 1:36.12. The junior is the first from Harvard to repeat in the event since Mike Kiedel '98 in 1997-98 while his time now stands as the second fastest in Crimson history.
Zachary Walters also posted a 'B' cut in the 200 free as he swam the 10th best time ever for a member of the Crimson to place fourth in 1:37.05. Griffin Schumacher joined the duo in the championship final and placed sixth overall with a time of 1:38.12, while Tyler Rocca touched the wall in 1:38.96 to place 11th.
Chuck Katis earned the first individual title of his career with a victory in the 100 breast. The sophomore ranked fourth after the morning session but went six-tenths of a second faster during the championship finals, clocking in at 53.90 to just out touch Princeton's Byron Sanborn (53.94). Despite Karle (14th, 56.48) and Ting (20th, 56.79) also scoring in the event, the Tigers picked up 53 points on the Crimson thanks to three other top-six performances.
Princeton did the most damage in the 100 back as five Tigers scored, including four in the top seven, against zero from Harvard. Following a win in the 800 free relay to close out the day, Princeton held the 972-949 edge.
Harvard exploded off the starting blocks with a record-setting performance in the 200 free relay. Griffin Schumacher, Danny Crigler, Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite combined for a time of 1:18.06 to win the event, topping the previous school record set earlier this year by more than six-tenths of a second. The time also marks a new pool record and is an NCAA 'A' cut, earning the quartet a trip to the NCAA Championships later this month. Harvard's last win in the 200 free relay came in 2008.
Steven Kekacs qualified for the championship final of the 500 free with a 'B' standard time of 4:23.04, the fourth fastest of the preliminary heats and a new personal record. He then turned in a time of 4:23.60 in the final, good for fifth place. Tyler Rocca (4:25.86) and Greg Roop (4:28.13) placed 10th and 11th, respectively, in the B final while Michael Gaudiani (4:26.73) and Kyle McIntee (4:28.13) took 17th and 19th.
Chuck Katis was one of four Crimson to post an NCAA 'B' cut in the 200 IM and turned in the third fastest time of the prelims at 1:46.74. He then clocked in at 1:46.88 to finish third overall in the finals. Christian Yeager joined him in the championship heat after swimming a 1:47.50 in the prelims, the fourth fastest time in program history, and finished in eighth place overall with a finals time of 1:48.45. Jacob Luna took 13th overall with a prelim time of 1:48.63, 10th best in program annals, and a finals time of 1:48.75.
Harvard also received scoring performances in the 200 IM from Leo Lim (16th, 1:50.43) and Christian Carbone (17th, 1:49.02 'B').
Harvard was all over the leaderboard in the 50 free as Chris Satterthwaite, Oliver Lee and Griffin Schumacher finished second, third and fourth with 'B' standard times. Lee led the way in the prelims with a time of 19.52, breaking his own school record of 19.76 which he set earlier this year at the HYP meet. Satterthwaite was third fastest in the prelims at 19.86 while Schumacher turned in the fourth fastest time at 20.07.
Satterthwaite, last year's 50 free champion, was even faster in the finals as he clocked in at 19.67, which now stands as the second best time in Program history. He was outdueled by Princeton's Harrison Wagner, however, who out touched him in 19.61. Lee posted a time of 19.79 in the finals while Schumacher finished in 20.01.
The one-meter dive also belonged to the Crimson thanks to Mike Mosca, Michael Stanton and Joe Zarrella. Mosca set a school and pool record with a score of 387.05 in the finals to repeat as the conference champion, marking the fourth straight year the event has been won by Harvard following back-to-back titles for Stanton in 2010 and 2011. Mosca had previously set both the school and pool record this season at 372.45.
Mosca's score of 387.05 is also the highest ever on the one-meter board using the current six-dive scoring system at the Ivy League Championships, and placed him nearly 40 points ahead of Princeton's Stephen Vines who took second with a score of 348.30. Stanton claimed third place with 332.90 points while Zarrella finished fifth with a total of 323.45.