Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Ivy League Championships

Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Ivy League Championships

Satterthwaite earned Swimmer of the Meet honors after winning the 50, 100 and 200 free (Photo courtesy the Ivy League).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Chris Satterthwaite won his third individual championship of the meet in the 100 free and shared Swimmer of the Meet honors, but it was not enough as the Harvard men's swimming and diving team was beat out by Princeton at the 2012 Ivy League Championships. The Crimson turned in several impressive performances over the weekend, setting six school records and posting 22 NCAA 'B' standard times at the meet.

Satterthwaite's victory in the 100 free was his third of the meet after also claiming the 50 free on Thursday and the 200 free on Friday. Satterthwaite was one of three student-athletes to win three individual events at the meet, as he shared the Phil Moriarty Award, given each year to the swimmer of the meet, with Princeton's Jonathan Christensen and Paul Noelle. The sophomore is the 16th Swimmer of the Meet in Crimson history and first since Alex Meyer '10 took home the award in 2010.

Satterthwaite won the 100 free came in a time of 43.18, the fifth fastest time in meet history and a new school record. He also won the 50 free with a school-record time of 19.84 and the 200 free with a time of 1:35.05, ranking fifth in Ivy League Championship meet annals.

Harvard also earned wins on the one-meter diving board Thursday and in the 400 free relay Friday. Mike Mosca was victorious on the one meter, posting a score of 359.55 to mark the second straight year the event has gone to the Crimson, after Michael Stanton won the event a year ago. Harvard has now won the event seven times in the last 11 years.

The 400 free relay team of Griffin Schumacher, Zach Walters, Oliver Lee and Satterthwaite combined for an NCAA 'B' standard time of 2:53.22 in the final race of the weekend, setting the second fastest time in meet history and reclaiming the event for Harvard for the first time since winning four straight from 2005-2008.

The Crimson set six new school records at the meet, including the 50 free (Satterthwaite, 19.84), 100 free (Satterthwaite, 43.18), 100 breast (Chuck Katis, 53.17), 200 breast (1:56.49), 200 free relay (1:19.17) and 400 free relay (2:53.22). Harvard also turned in a total of 22 NCAA 'B' standards over the weekend.

Princeton won its fourth straight team title with 1,523.5 points, just 77.5 points ahead of the second-place Crimson which totaled 1,446 points. Harvard has now finished second at the meet in four consecutive years after last winning it all in 2008.

Columbia finished in third place with 1,107.5 points while Yale (966.5), Dartmouth (764.5), Penn (756), Brown (596.5) and Cornell (575.5) rounded out the field.

Princeton took an early lead at the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay to open the meet, just edging out Harvard's team of Schumacher, Lee, Walters and Satterthwaite. The Tigers finished in a time of 1:18.92 while the Crimson finished in 1:19.17, both meeting the NCAA 'B' standard. Harvard's time topped the school record of 1:19.31 posted in 2008.

Princeton looked to extended its lead with a first and fourth-place finish in the 500 free, as Paul Nolle took the victory in 4:18.92. Harvard was able to overcome the Tigers, however, by placing seven individuals in the event. Kyle McIntee and Michael Gaudiani placed sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 4:26.69 and 4:27.65, while John Bailey (10th, 4:26.60), Spenser Goodman (11th, 4:27.40), Reed Snyder (14th, 4:29.00), Greg Roop (18th, 4:30.05) and Matthew McLean (19th, 4:30.30) each scored points for Harvard.

The Crimson improved upon its advantage in the 200 IM despite another Princeton victory. Jonathan Christensen won the event in 1:45.71 with Chuck Katis finishing a close second in 1:46.34, both eclipsing the NCAA 'B' standard. Niall Janney took eighth in 1:50.58.

Satterthwaite was the first Crimson to take home an individual title as he led a dominating performance for the Crimson in the 50 free. His time of 19.84 narrowly edged out Harrison Wagner of Princeton who clocked in at 19.91, with Lee and Schumacher following right on their heels with times of 19.99 and 20.04, respectively, to take third and fourth. Satterthwaite broke Kemi George's '04 previous school record of 20.02 set in 2003. The 50 free proved to be one of the most competitive races of the day, as each of the top 11 finishers in the event posted an NCAA 'B' standard time.

Mosca followed Satterthwaite with a win on the one-meter diving board with his total of 3:59.55 points, as he topped Princeton's Stephen Vines who totaled 3:47.65 points for second. Stanton, the defending champion in the event, took sixth with 304.80 points. Each of the top six divers eclipsed the NCAA 'A' standard.

Princeton earned its fourth victory of the day and set a new Ivy League record with a time of 3:11.38 in the 400 medley relay, but a second-place finish by the Crimson allowed Harvard to maintain its lead at the end of day one. Jack Pretto, Katis, Janney and Satterthwaite combined for a time of 3:13.66, meeting the NCAA 'B' standard.

The Crimson finished the first day of competition in first place with a total of 471 points while the three-time defending champion Princeton Tigers sat in second with 444 points.

The Tigers opened Friday's evening session with yet another relay win, this time setting a new meet and conference record of 1:25.89 in the 200 medley relay. Pretto, Katis, Lee and Schumacher finished second with an NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:28.06, as the Crimson clung to a 19-point advantage.

Harvard extended its lead to 71 points in the 1,000 free with McIntee, Gaudiani and Bailey each placing in the top eight. Princeton's Nolle took the victory with a meet record time of 8:54.86, while McIntee placed third in 9:06.00. Gaudiani finished in fifth place with a time of 9:09.79 and Bailey finished eighth in 9:14.10.

Princeton finally overtook Harvard in the 400 IM after four Tigers placed in the top eight against just one for the Crimson. Princeton finished third, fourth, sixth and eighth, with Janney taking seventh with a time of 3:56.94. Nejc Zupan won the event for Dartmouth in 3:49.73.

Harvard failed to place anyone in the championship finals of the 100 fly and the Tigers took advantage with a third, fifth and eighth-place showing to open a 64-point margin. Satterthwaite led a trio of Crimson in the 200 free with Walters taking fourth in 1:37.03 and Goodman taking seventh in 1:37.23, both meeting the 'B' standard. Princeton, however, placed second, third and fifth in the event to push the lead to 86 points.

The Crimson cut into Princeton's lead with a strong showing in the 100 breast, despite the Tigers' Jonathan Christensen winning the event with a meet and conference record time of 52.86. Katis placed second with an NCAA 'B' time of 53.17 and Jason Ting placed eighth in 56.86, but Harvard was able to gain points back with a 13th-place showing by Owen Wurzbacher (56.47) and 15th-place finish by Schumacher (56.75) as a total of four Crimson scored in the event against three for Princeton. Katis' time represents a new school record, besting Rassan Grant's '04 time of 54.49 set in 2004.

The Tigers gained more ground back with a second and third-place finish in the 100 back, as Pretto placed sixth in 49.13 and Robert Newell took eighth in 49.76. Princeton finished the day off with a winning time of 6:26.86 in the 800 free relay, as the Tigers edged out Walters, Goodman, Katis and Satterthwaite's 'B' standard time of 6:26.90 by the narrowest of margins. The victory helped the Tigers maintain its lead heading into the final day with 1,049.5 points to Harvard's 944.

Saturday's final session opened with yet another Princeton win as Noelle posted a time of 15:00.16 to set a new pool record. Gaudiani, Snyder and Roop finished third, fifth, and eighth, respectively, with times of 15:17.73, 15:29.53 and 15:37.17, helping the Crimson to close its deficit to 35.5 points.

The Tigers reopened their lead in the 200 back with fourth swimmers placing in the top six, while Newell took seventh for Harvard in 1:47.80. Harvard closed the gap once again in the 100 free, however, as Satterthwaite led a quartet of Crimson in the top eight. Along with Satterthwaite's school record time of 43.18, Lee and Schumacher turned in NCAA 'B' standard times of 43.91 and 44.14 to place third and fifth, respectively. Walters, meanwhile, took seventh in 44.55. The previous program best in the event was set in 43.55 was set in 2009 by David Guernsey '09.

Princeton maintained a comfortable hold on the lead for the remainder of the meet, beginning with a winning performance by Christensen in the 200 breast. His meet and Ivy League record time of 1:55.96 topped Katis' second-place time of 1:56.49, which broke Geoff Rathgeber's '08 program record of 1:58.97 set in 2008. The Tigers also turned in a second-place performance in the 200 fly while McIntee (1:50.28) and Janney (1:50.71) finished seventh and eighth.

The Tigers' Stephen Vines won the three-meter diving competition, posting a meet and conference record score of 400.60 for the victory. Harvard turned in an impressive showing as well, however, with Mosca and Stanton and taking second and third, respectively. Mosca totaled 366.25 while Stanton scored 356.45 points. Both represent NCAA 'A' standard totals.

Schumacher, Walters, Lee and Satterthwaite picked up a win in the final event of the weekend with their NCAA 'B' standard time of 2:53.22 in the 400 free relay, topping the previous school record of 2:55.75 set in 1998. That time was more than two seconds faster than Princeton's second-place finishing team and is the second fastest time in meet history.