Men's Swimming and Diving Clinches Ivy Dual Season Title with Win at Penn
PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team clinched the Ivy League dual title on Saturday with a resounding, 182.5-115.5, win at Ancient Eight foe Penn. The Crimson swam undefeated in League action for the second year in a row now, closing out its dual season with eight wins, seven against Ivy opponents.
Harvard took home 10 event wins in the pool on Saturday, including two each from Spenser Goodman and Eric Ronda. Goodman owned the middle distance freestyle on Saturday, grabbing an early win with a quick 1:39.97 in the 200 free, followed by a victory in the 500 free, in which he swam a 4:35.89. Mike Gaudinani took second in the 500 free (4:35.95), one of five times on the day the Crimson claimed the top-two spots.
After touching the wall first in the 100 breaststroke in 56.73, Ronda followed up with another victory in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:03.68, just edging out teammate Matthew Karle's quick 2:04.63. Kenneth Castro-Adams paced the field in the 200 butterfly (1:48.11), finishing a nose in front of teammates Leo Lim (1:50.09) and Jacob Luna (1:51.49) for a Crimson 1-2-3.
On the boards, Mike Mosca once again swept both events -- a common occurance for the junior -- compiling a hefty score of 365.02 on the 3-meter, before notching a 345.83 on the 1-meter. Just behind him, senior Joe Zarrella, diving in his final Ivy dual, captured second place both times out with his score of 339.30 on the 3-meter and 328.80 on the 1-meter boards. Freshman Manasseh Oso fared well on the 1-meter as well, placing fourth with his 261.53 combined score.
Freshman Jack Manchester kept the Crimson rolling with yet another win in the 200 backstroke. The newcomer swam the event in 1:48.54, just a mere .02 off the Penn pool record. Christian Yeager (1:50.21) and Mitchell Foster (1:52.27) both fared well, taking second and third, respectively, for Harvard.
In the final event of the afternoon, the 400 freestyle relay counted as an exhibition, but Chris Satterthwaite, Jack Pretto, Oliver Lee and Danny Crigler didn't slow down at all, touching the wall in a combined 3:00.80, just under a second faster than the pool record set in 1980.
Though the Crimson (8-2, 7-0 Ivy League) can call itself dual champions for the second year in a row, Harvard will turn its attention to hosting – and fighting for – the Ivy League Championships in Blodgett Pool from Feb. 27-March 1.