January 22, 2010

Bears Drop 127-116 Heartbreaker to Harvard

The Bears resumed their Ivy League schedule on Friday afternoon, dropping a hard fought 127-116 meet against a tough Harvard squad, as the action came down to the final two events. Junior Conor Carlucci (New York, NY) was the story of the day for the Bears, as his 49.90 in the 100 fly was the 10th-fastest time in Brown program history, and won the event by nearly a full second.

The action kicked off with the 200 medley relay, where the Bears took an early lead, winning the event with a time of 1:34.34.  Carlucci teamed with Ryan Kikuchi, Timothy Juhn, and Tucker Wetmore for the victory.  Sophomore James Hunter then turned in one of his best performances of the season in the 200 free, winning an incredibly tight race in 1:44.69.  Harvard's Brendan McIntee was second at 1:44.74, while Brown's J.D. Pinto was third in 1:44.82, just .13 seconds behind Hunter.

In the next event, the 50 free, Juhn picked up his first individual win of the day, turning in a 21.33 for the second of three consecutive victories for the Bears.  Kikuchi then continued the run, winning the 400 IM with a time of 4:04.94, more than a second and a half ahead of the nearest competitor.

In the 100 fly, Carlucci blew away the competition with his 49.90, blasting off the line to edge Harvard's Nial Janney by almost a second, as Janney finished at 50.79 seconds.  Pinto then picked up an individual win of his own, swimming a 51.75 in the 100 back to nip the Crimson's Robert Newell by just .04 seconds in one of the most exciting events of the day.

Following Pinto's win, however, Harvard ran off a string of several victories in a row, taking a narrow lead into the final few events.  Though Pinto, Wetmore, Hunter, and senior Trent Huxley combined to win the 200 relay to end the day, the Crimson was able to hold on for a tight 127-116 victory in their home pool.