A pair of top-25 finishes in the relays highlighted Day 1 for Harvard in the NCAA Championships. (Gil Talbot)
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Harvard men's swimming and diving team turned in a few solid performances on Thursday, the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Crimson saw top-30 finishes in the prelims of the 200 freestyle relay, the 400 medley relay and the 1-meter dive.
In the opening race of the Championships, Harvard's Griffin Schumacher, Jacob Luna, Jack Manchester and Danny Crigler teamed up for a 25th place finish in the 200 free relay. The quartet touched the wall in 1:20.14 with both Schumacher and Crigler posting sub-20 splits. Shortly after, Manchester, Eric Ronda, Luna and Schumacher clocked in at 3:12.60 in the competitive 400 medley relay, good enough for 22nd place overall in the prelims.
On the 1-meter boards, diver Mike Mosca turned in an improved performance from last season, combining for a 291.15 overall score to take home 30th place among his peers of the nation's best divers.
The six Crimson will return to action Friday for the second day of competition in Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center.