No. 23 Men's Swimming and Diving Completes HYP Sweep
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong first day in the pool on Friday, the No. 23 Harvard men's swimming and diving team continued its torrid pace in the annual HYP meet Saturday, eventually downing Ivy League rivals Princeton and Yale, 213-140 and 203-150, respectively. The sweep gives the Crimson (7-2, 6-0 Ivy League) a shot to lay claim to its second consecutive Ivy League dual meet championship, holding a 6-0 League mark with just one dual remaining.
In total, the Crimson claimed 11 of 19 events, including a season-best 12 NCAA 'B' cut times, and set six pool records over the two day tri-meet. Following a four-event win on Day 1, the Harvard picked up right where it left off, taking another first place finish. Jack Pretto, Danny Crigler, Jacob Luna and Griffin Schumacher combined to stake claim to the 200 medley relay, clocking in at 1:28.34, beating out Princeton's unit by .31 seconds.
Once again, Mike Mosca and Joe Zarrella continued to back up the claim that Harvard has one of the best diving programs in the League. After taking a one-two finish in the 3-meter dive on Friday, the pair again took the first two spots in the 1-meter on Saturday. Mosca grabbed 321.85 points for a first place finish, his fourth sweep of the season on the boards. Behind him, Zarrella, diving in his last HYP meet, took second with his score of 319.70.
After sophomore Christian Carbone's third place finish in the 400 IM, Chris Satterthwaite and Griffin Schumacher got Harvard back on the podium with another one-two finish. Both Crimson secured a 'B' cut time with their swims, as Satterthwaite clocked in at 44.04, just in front of Schumacher at 44.27.
Freshman Jack Manchester pulled down another win in his debut season in Cambridge, taking the 200 backstroke in style, touching the wall in a pool-record and 'B' cut-earning 1:43.43. The record broke Princeton's Connor Maher's mark set last year, a mark he also broke by finishing in third place behind Manchester and Yale's Rob Harder in the event this season.
In the second-to-last event of the day, freshman Eric Ronda grabbed another win for the Crimson, breaking another pool record in the process. Ronda's 1:57.13 'B' cut time broke the year-old record by almost a second and marked the best personal time the newcomer set this year. As the meet wore down to close, the fearsome quartet of Schumacher, Lee, Crigler and Satterthwaite took yet another victory, yet another 'B' cut time and set yet another pool record. The four Crimson combined to take first in the 400 freestyle relay, touching the wall in 2:55.13 to give Harvard its 11th win of the day and the solid 213-140 and 203-150 wins over its Ancient Eight foes.
The Crimson return to the pool once more before hosting the Ivy League Championships with a visit to Penn in Philadelphia in a week's time.