No. 24 Men's Swimming and Diving Takes One of Three in Blacksburg
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Harvard's No. 24-ranked men's swimming and diving team defeated Wisconsin, but was just edged out by No. 15 Virginia Tech and No. 18 Virginia in a two-day quad-meet hosted by VT. The Crimson (5-2, 4-0 Ivy League) downed the Badgers, 221.50-145.50, while falling just short of the Hokies, 232.50-137.50, and Cavaliers, 222.50-147.50.
Overall, Harvard took home four victories over the two days, including two on day one and two on day two. Harvard junior sprint freestyle and breaststroker Griffin Schumacher represented the Crimson very well, having a hand in all four victories, including a pair of individual event wins in the 100 free (44.84) on Friday and the 50 free (20.33) on Saturday.
Schumacher also swam the first leg of the winning medley units for the winning 200 and the 400 free relays. He and seniors Danny Crigler, Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite all combined to take the top spot in both events, clocking in at 1:21.19 in the 200 and 2:59.47 in the 400.
Together, the Crimson collected 13 total top-5 finishes including the four wins. Jack Pretto, Crigler, Jacob Luna and Schumacher took fourth place in the 200 medley relay, touching the wall in 1:31.46. Luna followed that up with a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (49.88), and helped by swimming the third leg of the 400 medley relay unit to claim third place (3:20.77).
Satterthwaite (1:39.42) and junior Spenser Goodman (1:39.96) fared well in the brutally close 200 freestyle event, coming in second and fifth, respectively. Satterthwaite also took third in the 50 free (20.85), in front of co-captain Olver Lee in fourth (20.88). Freshman Eric Ronda took home a fourth place finish in the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 56.99 for the Crimson.
The Crimson return to the pool on Jan. 31 for the annual H-Y-P tri-meet. Harvard will travel to New Haven to take on Yale and Princeton.