Brown Edged by Columbia, 160-133

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Brown men's swimming and diving team (5-4, 1-4 Ivy League) turned in some impressive performances over the course of the afternoon but ultimately fell, 160-133, to the Columbia Lions (5-2, 3-2 Ivy League) at Uris Pool. Three different swimmers won individual events for the Bears, and the squad grabbed a handful of second and third place finishes along the way, swimming tough against a strong team from Columbia.

Brown opened the competition with a strong showing on the 3-meter board, grabbing second and fourth place. Freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) took runner-up honors with a season-high score of 296.10, while William Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH) also turned in his best performance of the season with 275.40 points.

The Bears grabbed a third place finish in the first swimming event, the 200 medley relay, with the team of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), Mike McVIcker (Larchmont, NY), Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA)and Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) combining for a time of 1:33.40, just slightly off the clocking turned in by the second place team from Columbia.

Freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) put forth a dominant performance in the 1000 freestyle, racing stroke-for-stroke with his challenger from Columbia and coming out on top with a time of 9:26.93. The close races continued in the 200 freestyle, as Glenn settled for second place with a time of 1:45.28 in spite of a surge in the last 50 yards. Pascal swam to third place in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 51.71, and McVicker earned the same spot in the 100 breast, touching in 58.69.

Glenn took his second set of runner-up honors in the 200 butterfly, turning in a time of 1:51.37, and Stausser clocked in at 21.47 to take fourth place in the 50 freestyle.

During the diving break, Rosenberg and Gourley continued to impress, finishing third and fourth, respectively, on the 1-meter board to lead the Bears into the final swimming events of the day. Glenn earned an individual win for Brown in the100 freestyle, swimming a time of 46.38 and just out-touching his closest competitor, before Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) took second place honors in the 200 backstroke, swimming a strong race to earn a time of 1:53.06.

Freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) won the next event for the Bears, swimming a time of 2:07.70 for the victory, while Mayfield grabbed his second win of the day in the 500 freestyle, blowing away the rest of the field with a time of 4:37.11. Sophomore Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) also had a great swim in the event, clocking in at 4:41.82 as he battled to third place.

Brown put forth some solid performances in the last two individual events of the day, with Strausser finishing in 50.38 to take third in the 100 butterfly and McVicker clocking in at 1:53.89 to take second place in the 200 individual medley. The Bears wrapped up the day with a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, as the team of Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ), Strausser, Pascal and Barr produced a time of 3:09.89.

The Bears will return to Providence for their next Ivy League competition, celebrating Senior Day as they take on the Cornell Big Red at noon on Saturday, February 2 at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.