Princeton Tops Harvard and Yale to Capture Men's HYP Title

Princeton Tops Harvard and Yale to Capture Men's HYP Title

Princeton swept the HYP meet to take sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team went into the second day of the HYP meet within striking distance of Princeton, but was unable to catch the Tigers as it fell 207-146. Both Harvard and Princeton defeated Yale, with the Crimson topping the Bulldogs 268-85 and the Tigers earning a 285.5-67.5 victory.

Princeton's sweep of the HYP puts it in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings with a 6-0 record. Harvard sits in second with a 5-1 mark while Yale has dropped to third at 4-2.

Harvard got off to a good start on Friday with a win in the 200 free relay to open the meet. The team of Oliver Lee, Griffin Schumacher, Will Brophy and Chris Satterthwaite posted a time of 1:20.50, besting Princeton which finished second in 1:21.02.The Tigers went 1-2 in the 200 free, however, with Satterthwaite (1:38.44) touching the wall third.

Princeton swept the 100 back with a first, second and third-place finish, and the Tigers' Jonathan Christensen (53.83) outdueled Chuck Katis (54.29) in the 100 breast. Kyle McIntee posted Harvard's second straight second-place finish in the 200 fly, stopping the clock in 1:48.51 behind Yale's (5-0, 4-0 Ivy League) Alwin Firmansyah who finished in 1:47.04. The 50 free also went to Princeton, as Harrison Wagner's time of 20.11 narrowly bested Lee's time of 20.51.

Katis turned things around for the Crimson with a win in the 200 IM. Katis entered the meet ranked 43rd in the NCAA in the event, but topped his previous personal best by 1.5 seconds when he posted a 1:47.06 for the win. Mike Mosca followed up with a win on the one-meter diving board, blowing away the competition with a final score of 363.8. Stephen Vines (314.0) placed second for Princeton with Michael Stanton (310.55) taking third.

The Tigers closed the day with a pair of wins in the 1,650 free (15:30.62) and 400 medley relay (3:15.52). Harvard took second in both events, however, with Mike Gaudiani (15:40.79) finishing as the runner-up in the 1,650 and the team of Jack Pretto, Katis, McIntee and Satterthwaite placing second in the medley relay with a time of 3:17.02.

At the end of day one, Princeton led Harvard 104-84 and held a 148.5-37.5 advantage over Yale, while the Crimson had built a 143-43 margin against the Bulldogs.

Princeton kicked off day two with five straight wins as it looked to put the meet away. The Tigers first won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.60, just beating out the Harvard squad of Pretto, Katis, Lee and Schumacher which posted a time of 1:29.15. Princeton went 1-2 in the 400 IM before Wagner (43.99) edged out Schumacher (44.64) and Satterthwaite (44.70) in the 100 free. The Tigers followed up with pair of 1-2-3 finishes in the 200 back and 100 fly to all but seal the victory.

McIntee earned Harvard's first victory of the day with a time of 4:28.31 in the 500 free, just edging out Princeton's David Paulk who touched the wall in 4:28.43. Mosca swept the diving portion of the meet with a record-setting performance on the three-meter board, earning a final score of 394.80 while Stephen Vines of Princeton took second with 343.95 points. Mosca's score marked a new school record in the event, as the freshman now owns the program record on both the one and three-meter boards.

Princeton got back in the win column as Jonathan Christensen (1:59.75) outdueled Katis (1:59.89) in the 200 breast. Schumacher, Lee, Zach Walters and Satterthwaite closed the meet out with a win in the 400 free relay, posting a time of 2:57.04.

Harvard will close out its regular season Saturday, Feb. 11 at Penn and will then turn its attention to the 2012 Ivy League Championships, being held this year at Princeton March 1-3.