Men's Swimming and Diving Improves to 3-0 as Crimson Take Care of Columbia, 170-130

Men's Swimming and Diving Improves to 3-0 as Crimson Take Care of Columbia, 170-130

Satterthwaite claimed three victories on the day, two in relay events.

NEW YORK – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team collected 10 event wins and three pool records on Friday evening to outlast Ivy League foe, Columbia, 170-130, improving to 3-0 to start the 2013-14 season. The Crimson (3-0 Ivy League) was helped by a pair of wins on the board from Mike Mosca, as well as a three-win day from freshman Jack Manchester and senior co-captain Chris Satterthwaite.

Manchester and Satterthwaite were both a part of the 400 medley relay quartet to take the first event between the lanes for the Crimson. Along with freshman Eric Ronda and sophomore Jacob Luna, the four Crimson sped home with a pool-record 3:20.41 split to start Harvard off on the right foot after Mosca took care of the competition on the 3-meter platform (324.00).

Manchester continued on with wins in the 100- and 200-backstroke events, the latter of which set a new pool record. The first-year swimmer blistered the field in the 100 with his 50.41 time, before taking down the 200 in 1:47.93. Satterthwaite found great success in the 100 free (45.22) and as a member of the 200 freestyle relay unit to close out the evening with its 1:21.38, half-second victory.

Cliff Goertemiller won a pair of races as well, sweeping the lengthy 500- (4:33.68) and 1000-freestyle (9:20.84) races. Goertemiller shaved over four seconds off of his first time in the 1000 free to swim away with the title.

After taking second in the 100 breaststroke, Ronda bounced back and claimed the top spot in the 200, drowning the competition in 2:04.29. Other notables included a second place finish from Zachary Walters in the 200 freestyle (pool-record 1:39.68) and a second-place finish from Christian Yeager in the brutal 400 IM (4:04.07).

The Crimson improve to 64-5 all-time versus Columbia, winning eight dual meets in a row over the Lions. Harvard returns to the pool in two weeks as the Crimson, both the men and women, head to Austin, Texas, to take part in the prestigious Texas Invitational from Dec. 5-7.