NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The Brown men's swimming and diving team (6-5, 2-5 Ivy League) dropped a 213-86 decision to the Yale Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon at the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. The competition, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9, was the Bears final dual meet of the 2012-2013 season.
The swimming events opened up with the 200 medley relay, and Brown's 'A" squad was able to grab a third place finishing, stopping the clock at a time of 1:34.30. Yale took first and second in the next two events, with freshman Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) racing to third in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:47.66 and classmate Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) taking the same spot in the 200 freestyle, coming from behind in the last 50 to overtake a Yale swimmer with a 1:42.37 clocking.
After Yale swept the top three spots in the100 backstroke, freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) snuck in between two Bulldogs to take third in the 100 breaststroke, swimming a time of 58.58. Junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) followed that up with Brown's first win of the day, racing to a time of 1:47.03 to earn a commanding victory in the 200 butterfly. After sophomore Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA) finished third in a close 50 freestyle event with a time of 21.48, classmate Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) claimed the top spot in the longer sprint event, clocking in at 46.58 in the 100 freestyle.
After finishing fourth on the 1-meter with a score of 270.90, freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) earned the second spot on 3-meter, turning in a score of 305.41. The total was his season-best by over 10 points, and puts him less than 15 shy of the NCAA Zone Diving cut.
A Yale sweep in the 200 backstroke was followed by Brown's third triumph of the day, as Mercurio out-touched a surging Bulldog with a time of 2:06.15 in the 200 breaststroke. Glenn continued the winning streak with his swim in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 48.25, well ahead of the second place swimmer from Yale.
Mayfield finished third in the final individual event of the day, the 200 IM, using a strong last 50 to overcome a two-second disadvantage and turning in a time of 1:58.05. The Bears then combined for a second-place finish in the final event of the day, as Glenn, Strausser, Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) and Pascal turned in a time of 1:25.14 in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Bears will focus on preparation for the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships over the next few weeks, returning to the pool on March 7 for the league meet. The competition will take place at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center over the course of three days, and is the first Ivy League championship meet to be hosted by Brown University.