Zhao and Slater Capture Two Events Each As Brown Defeats Providence, 111-84
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - On Saturday, January 5, the Brown men's swimming and diving team (3-2, 0-2 Ivy League) claimed their first win of the new year, a 111-84 victory over the Providence College Friars. The swimming events were held at Providence's Taylor Natatorium, a short course meter facility. In total, the Bears won all eleven of the events contested, with freshman Edward Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia) and senior co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) ending the day as double-event winners.
In the first event of the afternoon, the 200 medley relay, the men claimed the top spot, touching the wall in 1:48.45, over four seconds ahead of their closest competitors. The Bears followed this up with a one-two finish in the 800 meter freestyle, as Zhao won his first individual event of the day in a time of 8:48.66, just a few seconds ahead of Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) who claimed the second spot. In the 200 freestyle, Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) reeled in a Providence swimmer to earn first place points with a time of 1:58.58.
In the shortest event of the day, Jake Weber (Mill Valley, CA) raced to victory, swimming a time of 24.66 in the 50 freestyle. Brown followed this up with a dominant performance in the 200 IM, as Slater recorded his first win of the day, finishing just slightly ahead of teammate Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) with a time of 2:12.42.
Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) and Alexander Treil (Needham, MA) battled for the top spot in the 100 butterfly, with Voss just out-touching his teammate with a time of 1:00.13. Zhao carried the Bears' momentum into the 100 freestyle, winning his second event of the day in a time of 53.85, Slater's time of 1:00.50 added his second victory of the meet in the 100 backstroke and Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA) trumped his Providence competitor in the 400 meter freestyle, stopping the clock at 4:16.12 for the win.
In the final individual event of the day, Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) claimed a commanding victory, swimming a 1:06.70 in the 100 breaststroke. Finally, Brown capped off a successful afternoon with a one-two finish in the 200 freestyle relay to cement their win. The team of Zhao, Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT), Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) and Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) took top honors with a time of 1:36.70, while Matthew Luminais (Haverford, PA), Pascal, Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) and Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) teamed up for a second place finish, touching the wall in 1:37.56.
The Bears return to the pool on Saturday, January 19 when they take on the Penn Quakers in a dual meet at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Competition is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.