CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving squad found itself in the winning column for the 15th consecutive time in dual meets as the Crimson (4-0, 4-0 Ivy) defeated Brown (3-1, 0-1 Ivy), 191-101, on Senior Day.
Though it was a day to honor the eight seniors on the team, freshman Cliff Goertemiller stole the show, in some regards, as he was bestowed the honor of being the Ironman – he was given the task of swimming every lap of every event in lane 8 throughout the day.
In the scored portion of the dual meet, the Crimson got off to a quick start with a solid win in the 200 medley relay. Seniors Jack Pretto, Danny Crigler, Chris Satterthwaite and sophomore Jacob Luna combined for a top-earning 1:30.50 time, followed shortly by freshmen Jack Manchester and Eric Ronda, senior Oliver Lee and junior Griffin Schumacher, who finished in second in 1:31.65.
Mike Gaudiani and Steven Kekacs went one-two in the lengthy 1000 free, clocking in at 9:24.36 and 9:33.39, respectively, for 13 more team points in the Crimson's favor. Senior Spenser Goodman (1:39.68) and freshman Aly Abdel Khalik (1:40.60) made it two events in a row for Harvard with a one-two finish, taking the top spots in the 200 free.
Pretto grabbed another first place finish in the next event, the 100 backstroke. His 50.06 time just beat out teammate's Mitchell Foster's 51.07 in second. Harvard claimed the top-three finishers in the 100 breaststroke an event later, as Ronda (58.10), Crigler (58.11) and senior Jason Ting (58.37) all finished consecutively for the Crimson, earning 16 more points.
In the fastest heat of the day, the 50 free, Schumacher beat out co-captains Satterthwaite and Harvard record-holder Lee with his 20.33 split for yet another first place event for Harvard. During the break, senior Joe Zarrella took home the 1-meter dive with his 293.48 combined score. Zarrella also took home the 3-meter portion, scoring 337.50 to earn the sweep in his last home meet.
Schumacher sprinted to yet another quick freestyle win, this time taking the 100 free with ease, beating out Crigler and Goodman with his 44.99 time. Manchester kept things rolling right along for Harvard with his win in the 200 backstroke (1:48.08), before Ronda took home the 200 breaststroke in 2:04.81. Satterthwaite won another event with his 4:32.12 finish in the 500 free, beating out Gaudini and Kekacs for top-spot.
Though Brown claimed the last two races, it was too little too late for it to impact the final score as Harvard swam away with its 191-101 victory. The men return to the pool on Jan. 17 with a two-day trip to the Virginia Tech open in Blacksburg, Va.