Men’s Swimming and Diving Tops Bryant, 165-120, in First Meet of 2015-16

Eric Ronda won the 200 breast, 200 medley relay and finished second in the 1000 free Friday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team started the 2015-16 season off on the right foot Friday evening, topping Bryant, 165-120, at Blodgett Pool. The win was the first ever over Bryant in a regular season dual.

The Crimson got off to a strong start, winning each of the first four events. The 200 medley relay squad of Jacob Luna, Eric Ronda, Sebastian Lutz and Aly Abdel Khalik scored the initial victory for the Crimson, touching in at 1:34.40. Harvard relay teams also claimed second, third and fourth in the event.

Harvard moved on to take the top three spots in the 1000 freestyle, paced by sophomore Shane McNamara taking the top honors. Ronda and Koya Osada rounded out the top-three finishers in the event. Success continued in the 200 free for the Crimson, staking claim to the top four spots in the event. Junior Sava Turcanu earned first-place accolades in the event with a mark of 1:41.24.

The 100 backstroke provided the first challenge of the night from Bryant, but Luna edged Colin Curtin by one-tenth of a second to take first. Luna went on to also win the 50 free, with sophomores Jack Boyd and Luke Morgan-Scott finishing second and third, respectively. In the 200 butterfly, it was senior Leo Lim pulling away from the field for the victory by over 10 seconds.

The first diving event of the night, the 3-meter, saw the Crimson once again sweep the top three finishes. Sophomore Bobby Ross tallied a score of 314.63 to win the event, narrowly beating freshman teammate Luke Martinez who came in at 312.15.

Senior Evan Zheng kept the wins coming for Harvard back in the swimming lanes, beating out teammate Alan Lam for the win in the 100 free. Rookie Daniel Tran posted the time to beat in 200 back at 1:47.54 with Osada securing runner-up honors. Ronda was back in victory lane in the next event, winning the 200 breaststroke by nearly seven seconds over the Bulldogs' Benjamin Schulte.

Bryant made a push in the latter stages of the meet, winning four of the final five events, but was unable to close the wide margin Harvard had built up. Harvard's final win of the evening came back on the diving boards, with Ross collecting the sweep with a win in the 1-meter. His score of 331.95 beat out Martinez and Manasseh Oso to give Harvard the top-three sports yet again.

Harvard begins Ivy League action next weekend, visiting Ithaca, New York to take on Cornell and Dartmouth in a tri-meet. Diving events will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, with the swimming events slated for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.