Mosca won his fourth consecutive 1-meter crown on Thursday in the evening finals. (Ray Yeager)
PRINCETON, N.J. – After the first day of the 2015 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at DeNunzio Pool, Harvard sits in second place, but not without a few highlights on the evening. Mike Mosca earned a victory on the 1-meter boards – his fourth straight 1-meter crown – and the Crimson earned three top-five finishes in A Finals through six events.
As it stands, Princeton's 488 points has the host school in first, ahead of Harvard (385), Yale (326), Penn (286), Cornell (202), Columbia (199), Brown (196) and Dartmouth (140).
Both Mosca and freshman David Pfeifer earned trips to the NCAAs with 'A' scores on the 1-meter. Mosca, who owns both the meet and pool record, nearly eclipsed the former with his score of 368.05 (one point shy), while Pfeifer took fourth place with a combined score of 315.14 in the A Final.
The Crimson started the night off with a second-place finish in the 200 free relay – a quick one at that. Harvard's quartet of Paul O'Hara, Steven Tan, Max Yakubovich and Griffin Schumacher dropped their seed time by nearly a second, touching the wall in 1:18.76. But Princeton's foursome set a meet record by over a half second (1:17.35) to take first place.
Both Aly Abdel Khalik and Spenser Goodman found themselves in the A Final of the 500 free in the evening, and both combined for 46 team points. Abdel Khalik clocked in at 4:23.20, an NCAA 'B' cut time for sixth place, while Goodman took eighth in 4:29.57. Freshman Jack Boyd took first place in the B Final, swimming a vastly improved 4:20.83 – nearly four seconds faster than his prelims.
Christian Yeager kept things rolling right along with his second-place finish in the 200 IM in the third event of the night. Yeager dropped his prelims time to 1:45.61, another NCAA 'B' time for the Crimson. Jacob Luna took fifth in the B Final, touching the wall in 1:47.95, while Koya Osada was close behind in 1:48.17, as was Jack Manchester in 1:48.31 – all 'B' times.
Princeton extended its Day 1 lead with the 50 free, during which Schumacher took first place in the B Finals. The senior co-captain clocked in a sub-20 time of 19.95, while O'Hara nearly toppled the same, coming in third in 20.10 in the speedy race.
The Tigers set another meet record in the night cap of the 400 medley relay, but Harvard drew closer as well with a third place finish. The Crimson's Manchester, Eric Ronda, Luna and Schumacher clocked in at 3:12.44, just under three seconds behind Princeton's quartet.
Harvard looks to draw closer with Princeton tomorrow for Day 2 in DeNunzio Pool. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.