Katis Sets Three Pool Records to Lead Men's Swimming and Diving Past Columbia

Katis Sets Three Pool Records to Lead Men's Swimming and Diving Past Columbia

Katis set three Uris Pool records to lead the Crimson to its 12th straight victory (Gil Talbot).

New York, N.Y. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team won 13 of 16 events and freshman Chuck Katis set three pool records as the Crimson defeated Columbia Saturday afternoon, 206-92, in New York City. Harvard has now won 12 straight dual meets, and 10 straight against Ivy League foes.

Mike Mosca began the meet with a win on the three-meter diving board, totaling 379.28 points. Harvard followed that up with a victory in the 200 medley relay as the team of Jack Pretto, Katis, Niall Janney and Chris Satterthwaite combined for a winning time of 1:31.01.

The Crimson earned its first of six 1-2-3 finishes in the 1,000 free, led by Mike Gaudiani's time of 9:27.94. Reed Snyder placed second in 9:31.19 and John Bailey took third with a time of 9:34.32. In the 200 free, Spenser Goodman matched his personal best of 1:38.56 to take first.

It was another 1-2-3 finish for Harvard in the 100 breast as Katis posted a time of 55.18 to take the victory. His time of 55.18 set a new Uris Pool record, topping the previous mark of 56.42 which had stood since 1993. Owen Wurzbacher took second in the event and Jason Ting third, finishing in times of 57.60 and 58.19, respectively.

Kyle McIntee turned in a winning performance in the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.72 and Janney placed second in 1:51.08. Satterthwaite followed McIntee and Janney with a win in the 50 free, setting a new personal best of 20.71.

Mosca swept the diving portion of the competition with a total of 336.0 points on the one meter. Satterthwaite earned his second individual victory and third overall in the 100 free with a time of 44.74. Spenser Goodman placed second in the event with a personal best time of 45.94 and Danny Crigler finished third in 46.34.

Katis set his second pool record in the 200 breast to again lead a 1-2-3 finish for the Crimson. The freshman stopped the clock in 2:00.76, besting the previous record of 2:02.91 set just last season, while Wurzbacher (2:05.59) and Jason Ting (2:07.42) placed second and third, respectively.

The 500 free also went to Harvard with Gaudiani earning the victory in 4:35.03 and Greg Roop placing second in 4:35.86. McIntee won his second event with a personal best time of 50.07 in the 100 fly, and was followed by Janney (50.52) and Ryan Cutter (50.99) in the second and third, respectively.

Katis secured Harvard's final victory of the day in the 200 IM, again setting a pool record and earning a new personal best time of 1:48.56 in the process. The previous Uris Pool record stood at 1:51.65 and was set in 2005. Robert Newell earned a second-place finish in the event with a time of 1:52.62 and Ian Mirisola placed third in 1:52.95.

Harvard will return to action after the New Year with a dual meet against Connecticut Jan. 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.