Mosca shined on the week and was named the Ron Keehold Career High Point Diver Award winner. (Ray Yeager)
PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior Mike Mosca became the third-ever Ivy League diver to sweep both the 1- and 3-meter dives at an Ivy League Championship meet, highlighting a terrific run Harvard had this week at DeNunzio Pool. The Crimson placed second in the 2015 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, but closed out with strong performances across the board.
Along with Mosca's 3-meter crown – his third consecutive – Harvard enjoyed a total of four top-3 finishes on the evening in A Finals. Mosca – the Ron Keehold Career High Point Diver Award winner and newly minted three-time Karl B. Michael High Point Diver Award recipient – set a Harvard, Ivy League meet and DeNunzio Pool record with his incredible combination score of 457.35 on the 3-meter. Before Mosca's stellar career concludes at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this March, the Tenafly, New Jersey, native will walk away with the Ivy League Championships record on both boards. On Thursday, he became the first-ever Ivy diver to win the 1-meter title four consecutive years in a row.
Both Jack Manchester and Eric Ronda performed well for Harvard down the stretch in Day 3's finals, each garnering a second-place finish. Manchester – who also set an Ivy League, meet and pool record in the 200 back during his lightning-fast prelims time of 1:41.44 – took second place behind Yale's Rob Harder by a mere 0.36 (1:42.69). Koya Osada and Christian Yeager also found themselves in the A Final of the 200 back, taking seventh and eighth, respectively for the Crimson.
Ronda was even closer to taking the 200 breaststroke crown, as the sophomore was edged by Cornell's Alex Evdokimov by 0.06 seconds. Ronda clocked in at 1:56.19, an NCAA 'B' time, while freshman Shane McNamara took seventh in 1:57.09 in the very tight final.
The 100 free featured another close decision and another top-3 finish for Harvard. Senior co-captain Griffin Schumacher tied Princeton's Harrison Wagner's time of 43.56 for third, less than a second off of Columbia's David Jakl in first. A slew of Crimson, including Spenser Goodman, Paul O'Hara (B Finals) and Aly Abdel Khalik (C Final) earned second races as well after strong prelims in the morning.
Mike Gaudiani, a senior co-captain, closed out his Crimson career with a top-10 finish in the 1650. Gaudiani was the top Crimson finisher, ahead of Sava Turcanu, as he dropped a time of 15:25.52, nearly 10 seconds faster than his seed time.
On the 3-meter board, Mosca was not the only Crimson to enjoy success. Freshmen duo Bobby Ross and David Pfeifer both earned spots in the top-8 final after strong dives in the morning session. Ross took fifth place in the evening with his 315.90, while Pfeifer followed suit with his 303.25 score for a seventh-place finish. All in all, Harvard proved it had the deepest diving corps with the only squad with three finalists.
In the 200 fly, Christian Carbone (1:46.35), Max Yakubovich (1:46.51) and Jacob Luna (1:46.74) all fared well, touching in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively for Harvard in the A Final. To close out the final day of the Championships, Schumacher, Steven Tan, Jack Manchester and Goodman collected a fourth-place finish in the 400 free relay event, just three seconds off an NCAA-qualifying time.