AUSTIN, Texas – Four Crimson earned provisional NCAA cut times on Saturday as the Harvard men's swimming team enjoyed a quick day at the Texas Invitational at Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
After the Crimson's best medley relay squad of Mitchell Foster, Eric Ronda, Jacob Luna and Griffin Schumacher took ninth with their 1:29.24 in the first men's event of the finals afternoon, Harvard continued to see results.
Christian Yeager took nearly four second off his preliminary race in the 400 IM, speeding to a provisional qualifying time of 3:53.56 to finish 17th in the event. In the 200 freestyle, Crimson co-captain Chris Sattertthwaite took a top-10 finish and earned a provisional spot himself with the quick, 1:36.21 split. Spenser Goodman joins his classmate in earning an NCAA 'B' cut time with his 1:37.96 and 14th-place finish. Freshman Aly Abdel Kahlik found himself a mere .07 seconds away from his own 'B' cut with his 15th-place finish (1:38.06).
In the 100 breaststroke, Eric Ronda took 26th in the competitive event, but reached a 'B' cut time with his 55.37. In the 100 backstroke, Jack Manchester (49.07), Jacob Luna (50.04) and Mitchell Foster (50.41) finished 27th-28th-29th in the difficult event.
Harvard wrapped up the second day of the prestigious Texas Invite with a fourth-place finish in the lengthy 800 freestyle relay. Satterthwaite, Goodman, Khalik and Luna took off an incredible 11 seconds from their preliminary time to clock in at 6:29.91 in the day's final event.
Day 3 will conclude the Texas Invite tomorrow.
MIT Invitational - Results
Three members of the men's diving team represented Harvard well on the boards, including Joe Zarrella, who took first with his 383.20 score on the 3-meter. George Doran earned himself a second-place finish right behind Zarrella, scoring a 356.20. Freshman Manasseh Oso earned seven points for the Crimson, collecting a score of 246.65 for a 10th-place finish.