Men's Swimming and Diving Dominates Cornell, Dartmouth in Season Opener

Men's Swimming and Diving Dominates Cornell, Dartmouth in Season Opener

Katis posted an NCAA 'B' standard in the 100 breast to help Harvard to a pair of victories (Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team opened the 2012-13 campaign with a pair of resounding wins, taking out Cornell, 207-93, and Dartmouth, 207-93, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Harvard (2-0, 2-0 Ivy League), which has now won five straight meets against Cornell (0-2, 0-2 Ivy League) and 41 straight against Dartmouth (1-1, 1-1 Ivy League), won 13 of 16 events on the day as its senior class improved to 21-2 against Ivy League foes. Eight different Crimson won individual events with Michael Gaudiani, Mike Mosca and Chris Satterthwaite each earning a pair of victories.

Satterthwaite, a returning All-American and last year's Ivy League Championships high-point scorer, cruised to the finish line in both the 100 and 200 free, winning the events by a combined 2.21 seconds. Satterthwaite's time of 1:41.46 in the 200 free put him more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Cornell's Harry Harpham (1:42.74) while his winning 100 free time of 46.05 was nearly 1 second better than teammate Danny Crigler who took second in 46.98.

Gaudiani was equally impressive in the distance events and won both the 500 (4:35.62) and 1,000 free (9:24.94). Each victory came at the expense of freshman Steven Kekacs, who finished as the runner-up to Gaudiani with a 500 free time of 4:37.04 and a 1,000 free time of 9:25.68.

Mosca picked up where he left off last year and swept the diving events by comfortable margins. The 2012 Ivy League champion on the one meter posted a score of 338.10 to top Dartmouth's Brett Gillis (293.50) in the event and registered a score of 338.30 on the three meter to best Cornell's Phillip Truong (311.55).

Christian Carbone (200 fly, 1:50.58), Chuck Katis (100 breast, 55.30), Jacob Luna (100 fly, 50.63), Jack Pretto (100 back, 51.12) and Christian Yeager (200 back, 1:52.37) each also earned a victory on the day. Katis' winning 100 breast time was the lone NCAA 'B' standard met on the day while Carbone, Luna and Yeager earned the first victories of their collegiate careers.

The Crimson was also dominate in the relay events with Pretto, Katis, Luna and Satterthwaite teaming to win the 200 medley in a time of 1:32.82 while Will Brophy, Crigler, Katis and Satterthwaite combined for a winning time of 3:05.96 in the 400 free relay.

Harvard is back in action next week as it hosts Columbia Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the team's home opener at Blodgett Pool.