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

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

Men's swimming and diving dominated the Ivy League tri-meet to open the season, continuing winning streaks over Cornell and Dartmouth along the way. (Gil Talbot)

HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team got off to a quick start to open the 2013-14 season with two dominating wins over Dartmouth, 211.5-88.5, and Cornell, 229-71, in Karl Michael Pool on Friday.

The Crimson secured 13 total wins in the 16-event tri-meet  to give Harvard its sixth consecutive win over Cornell and 42nd consecutive victory over Dartmouth. Of its 13 event triumphs, seven different Crimson picked up individual wins, led by senior captain Chris Satterthwaite, diver Mike Mosca and freshmen Jack Manchester and Eric Ronda.

Satterthwaite was stellar on the afternoon, claiming wins at 100 and 200 free, setting a 32-year-old pool record in the latter, taking part in the pool-record setting 400 freestyle Harvard relay unit. For his part, Mosca took first in both the 1- and 3-meter dives, outscoring the competition by more than 43 points combined throughout the day. Newcomer Ronda picked up wins at the 100 (57.31) and 200 breaststroke (2:02.62) for his first collegiate sweep.

The Crimson quartet of Manchester, Ronda, Oliver Lee and Griffin Schumacher faired well in the 200 medley relay wiping the field clean with their 1:32.38 time. First-year swimmer Cliff Goertemiller kept things moving right along with his first collegiate win in the lengthy 1000 free. His time of 9:24.22 was six seconds faster than Mike Gaudiani in second and 21 seconds faster than the nearest swimmer not in a Harvard cap.

After Jacob Luna grabbed top spot in the 200 butterfly (1:50.26), Lee took home a win in his only individual event of the day, the 50 free, pacing the field with his speedy 50.32 split. Another freshman in Aly Abdel Khalik took home first place as he swam the  500 free in an impressive 4:35.65 for his first ever win.

With the two wins, the Crimson is on the right path for its second straight Ivy League Dual championship. Harvard returns to the pool next weekend with a trip to Columbia to take on the Lions at 6 p.m.