Brown Men Claim Fourth After a Successful Weekend of Competition
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – At the end of the third and final day of the 2012 Brown Invitational, the Brown men's swimming and diving team claimed the fourth spot out of the six teams in attendance, just edging out Ivy League rival Columbia. Concluding the weekend with competition in five individual events and a relay, the Bears claimed another first place finish as well as numerous season best times.
The evening session began with the last heat of miles and Brown was represented by freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA). The fifteen-minute race brought the crowd to their feet, as Mayfield and two swimmers from Princeton battled through each of the 66 laps. Ultimately taking third with a time of 15:29.44, Mayfield swam the second fastest mile in Brown swimming history and also made his first NCAA 'B' cut. Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) took the 15th spot in the event with a time of 16:31.25, while senior John Hug (Weatogue, CT) placed 17th with a 16:40.76.
Brown followed up that excitement with three swims in the 200 backstroke. Freshman Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI) was the team's top finisher, claiming the 10th spot with a time of 1:52.18, the 24th fastest time ever to be clocked by a Bear. Co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) also competed in the consolation final, taking 14th with a 1:53.13, while Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) grabbed the 21st spot with a time of 1:53.44.
In the shortest event of the night, the 100 freestyle, Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA) took top honors in the consolation final, touching in 45.41 which places him 15th on the list of Brown's top 25 performers in the event. Jeffrey Strausser (Cupertino, CA) claimed the top spot in the bonus final with a 45.72.
Three Bears swam in the finals of the 200 breaststroke, with Thomas Mercurio (Shorewood, WI) earning the best finish of the trio. He swam a 2:03.87, a season best by over four seconds, to claim ninth place in the event. His time makes him the sixth fastest performer in Brown swimming history. Senior co-captain Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) grabbed 14th with a 2:05.45, while Meyers took 20th with a 2:09.00.
Junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) won his third individual title of the meet in the 200 butterfly, swimming a strong 1:46.46 to take top honors and make an NCAA 'B' cut. Sophomore Brian Barr (Chatsworth, CA) also swam in the championship final of the event, taking eighth place with a time of 1:52.20. Voss (1:55.02) and Mayfield (1:57.32) swam in the bonus final for the Bears, taking 22nd and 23rd respectively.
In the final event of the competition, the quartet of Strausser, Pascal, Mike Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) and Glenn grabbed a fourth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:02.25. The Bears' 'B' squad finished in 14th, capping off a fast weekend of swimming for the men's team.
Princeton claimed top honors in the 2012 Brown Invitational with 1,008 points, Dartmouth finished second with 772 points and the United States Military Academy rounded out the top three with 735.50 points. Brown took fourth with 466.50 points, followed by Columbia (450.50) and Rider (236.50).
The Bears will return to the water on Saturday, January 5 when they take on Providence College in a 1:00pm meet across town.