The Bears took to their adopted home pool in Lowell for the first time on Friday afternoon, and settled in quickly against Columbia, taking a decisive 168-138 win over the Lions. Junior Conor Carlucci (New York, N.Y.) led the way for Brown, winning three individual events to help propel Bruno to victory.
After beginning the day with a pair of solid second place finishes, Brown really found its stride in the 200 free, where senior Tucker Wetmore cruised to an impressive victory over Columbia's Darren Pagan. Wetmore swam a blistering 23.42 for the first 50 meters, and went on to win the event in 1:42.91. Classmate John Pinto then followed with a win of his own in the 100 back, ripping off a 51.56 to edge the second place finisher by .13 seconds.
Bruno kept the momentum going in the 100 breast, where Carlucci took an early lead out of the blocks and held on for a comfortable win, crossing the line in 57.01 seconds, over half a second ahead of the next swimmer.
On the boards, senior C.J. Kambe led the Bears, turning in an impressive dive in the one-meter event, and winning with a 5.00. Kambe struck again in the three-meter dive, again scoring a 5.00 to lead all competitors.
Back in the pool, Ryan Kikuchi kept things moving for the Bears in the 200 back, jumping out to the early lead and holding off a late charge from teammate Ian Slater, who finished second. Kikuchi picked up the win, crossing the line in 1:52.46, with Slater just behind in 1:52.55. In the 200 breast, Carlucci put together another solid performance, winning by nearly a full second with a time of 2:07.01.
In the 500 free, rookie John Hug continued to extend Brown's lead in one of the most exciting races of the day. Despite the length of the race, the event came down to the final inches, as Hug took a narrow win, touching home in 4:44.00, just ahead of Columbia's Sean Mackenzie in 4:44.08. Carlucci continued to take care of business in the 100 fly, winning his third event of the day with a time of 50.20 seconds. The Bears then wrapped up the competition with a win in the 400 free relay, beating back the Lions by nearly three seconds, and coming away with a 168-138 win.
The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday, February 3, when they host Yale in Lowell, Mass. at 3:00 p.m.