PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown men's swimming and diving team concluded competition in the Men's Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championships held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center this evening, earning a seventh place team finish with 589.5 points. In the seven events contested in the meet's final day, the Bears produced one school record, three top-eight finishes and 16 season-best times.
In the first event of the day's competition, the 1650 freestyle, freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) and classmate Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) represented the Bears, finishing 12th and 20th, respectively. Mayfield covered the mile in a season-best and NCAA 'B' cut time of 15:28.92, making him the second fastest performer in Brown history, and Saenger stopped the clock at 15:53.47, a season-best swim that puts him ninth on Brown's list of top 25 all-time performers.
Junior Paul Hunter (Andover, MA), sophomore Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA) and sophomore Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) swam in the bonus final of the 200 backstroke, with Hunter taking 20th in a time just slightly slower than the season-best time of 1:48.93 that he turned in during the morning session, bumping him into the seventh spot on Brown's all-time performer list. Pascal finished in 21st with a season-best 1:50.97, making him the 12th fastest performer in Brown history, and Voss finished in 23rd with a time of 1:51.21, just three one-hundredths off the season-best time he swam in prelims. He becomes the 15th fastest performer to have competed in the event for Brown. Senior co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) also raced, clocking a season-best time of 1:51.56 in the morning session.
Two Brown swimmers competed in the final of the 100 freestyle, both in the bonus race. The Bears were led by sophomore Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA), who finished 17th with a season-best time of 44.49. The swim makes him the fourth fastest performer in Brown history. Junior Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) raced to the 22nd spot with a time of 45.54. His morning swim of 45.30 was a season-best and puts him 12th on the list of Brown's fastest performers in the event. Senior Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) and freshman Matthew Luminais (Haverford, PA) also competed in the morning preliminaries of the event, finishing in season-best times of 45.67 and 46.68, respectively.
Freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) was impressive in the 200 breaststroke, earning the Bears' highest finish when he claimed the 11th spot. His time of 2:01.01 in the morning session was a season-best time and makes him the second fastest performer in Brown history. Senior co-captain Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) was equally impressive in the event, taking 13th place with a season-best time of 2:01.21, the third fastest performance in Brown swimming history. Freshman Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI) turned in a season-best time of 2:04.74 to take 23rd, moving him into eighth on the list of all-time performers.
In the final individual swimming event of the meet, junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) successfully defended his 200 butterfly title with a season-best of 1:43.11, setting a new pool record as well as a new Brown school record. The time was also an NCAA 'B' cut. Sophomore Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) finished 20th in the event after turning in an impressive 1:50.41 in the morning session, a season-best and the 10th fastest in Brown history. Freshman Alexander Treil (Needham, MA) also raced in finals, finishing 23rd with a time of 1:52.74. His morning swim of 1:52.11 was a season-best, making him the 14th fastest performer in Brown history.
While finals of the 3-meter diving were contested today, the rest of the event was conducted yesterday, and Brown had two divers score points, an impressive feat. Freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) scored a 308.75 to take 13th, a season-best performance and the fifth best performance in Brown history. Sophomore William Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH) earned a 251.60 to secure the 21st spot, while freshman William Holder (Champaign, IL) added a score of 224.40.
In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, the squad of Glenn, Strausser, Diamond and Johnson raced to a fourth place finish, stopping the clock at 2:58.32 to just out touch the fifth place team from Penn.
In the final team scores, Princeton topped the list with 1514 points, followed by Harvard with 1446 and Columbia with 1135. Yale took the fourth spot with 1038.5 points, while Dartmouth finished in fifth with 768. Penn accumulated 700 points to take sixth, Brown finished in seventh with 589.5 and Cornell rounded out the field with 539.