Brown Falls to Harvard, 206-90, in Ivy League Dual Meet
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown men's swimming and diving team (3-3, 0-3 Ivy League) fell to the Harvard Crimson (4-0, 4-0 Ivy League), a perennial Ivy League powerhouse, 206-90, on Thursday afternoon at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) was the Bears' lone event winner, taking top honors in the 200 freestyle.
Brown opened up the afternoon with a pair of second place finishes, as the 200 medley relay team of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY), Glenn and Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) swam a time of 1:33.83 to grab the runner-up spot and freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) clocked a season-best time of 9:23.46 to do the same in the 1000 freestyle.
Glenn turned in a commanding performance to take the top spot in the 200 freestyle, finishing over a second ahead of Harvard's top swimmer with a time of 1:40.26, while McVicker and freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) were the Bears' top finishers in the next two events, each with a third place finish. McVicker touched the wall in 52.60 to grab the third spot in the 100 backstroke, while Mercurio swam a 59.27 to break up a Harvard sweep of the 100 breaststroke.
The 200 butterfly featured third and fourth place finishes for Brown, with Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) touching the wall in 1:54.83 and Alexander Treil (Needham, MA) completing the race in 1:57.03, a season-best time for the freshman. In the last swimming event before the diving break, the 50 freestyle, Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) earned another second-place finish for the Bears, racing to a time of 20.90.
William Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH) highlighted the action on the board for Brown, diving to a second place score of 298.35 in the 1-meter event, just two points shy of the NCAA Zone Diving qualifying standard and a season-best tally. Rosenberg grabbed fourth on the 3-meter later in the meet with a score of 274.28, just behind freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC), who accumulated 287.77 points for a third place finish. Both of the divers registered a season-best score with their performance.
Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) earned fourth place honors in the 100 freestyle with a season-best time of 46.95, while Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) and Mercurio followed that up with second place finishes in the next two events. Slater swam a 1:55.13 in the 200 backstroke, just ahead of teammate Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) who finished third, while Mercurio clocked a 2:06.82 in the 200 breaststroke.
Mayfield earned his second runner-up title of the day in the 500 freestyle with a 4:33.94, while Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) swam a 52.20 to finish fourth in the 100 butterfly. McVicker was the Bears' top finisher in the last individual event of the day, earning fourth place with a time of 1:56.49.
Brown finished third in the second relay event of the day and the final race of the meet, as the team of Diamond, Glenn, Strausser and Pascal swam a time of 1:25.88 in a close race with Harvard.
The Bears will look to gain their first Ivy League win of the season when they return to the pool on Saturday, January 19 to take on the Penn Quakers. Action at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is set to begin at 12:00pm, and will also feature double dual on the women's side, as Brown will compete against the Penn and Harvard.