Men's Swimming & Diving

Men’s Swimming & Diving Stands in Second After Day One of Big Al Invite

Men’s Swimming & Diving Stands in Second After Day One of Big Al Invite

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown men's swimming & diving team is in second place after Day One of the Big Al Invitational at DeNunzio Pool on Friday. The Bears trail host Princeton (335) and have 161 points, 10 more than third place William & Mary (151).

"We had some solid swims tonight in finals," said head coach Chris Ip. "Bruno won the 200 freestly relay and Coley Sullivan won the 200 IM, breaking our school record in the preliminary heats. Our team of 19 put up 14 swims tonight. Our goal is to put more into finals tomorrow and keep the momentum going."

A team of sophomore Cody Cline (Wellington, Fla.), junior William Steele (Katy, Texas), junior Charles Steele (Katy, Texas) and sophomore Alex Smilenov (Katy, Texas) won the 200 freestyle relay to open the meet with a time of 1:20.00, just three tenths of a second from the school record.

Sophomore Coley Sullivan (Louisville, Ky.) set a school record in the 200 IM in preliminaries with a time of 1:47.18 and went on to win the event in 1:47.46. Following Sullivan was freshman Alex Park (Dix Hills, N.Y.) (13th - 1:49.75) with a personal best time and his first time under the 1:50.00 barrier. Sophomore Joon Sung (Los Angeles, Calif.) was also able to perform in the event with a 1:51.04, a personal best time and a 17th place finish, winning the C-Final. Sophomore Alex Smilenov (Katy, Texas) swam a personal best 1:50.02 in the preliminary heats.

In the 500 freestyle, freshman Michael Lincoln (Palo Alto, Calif.) won the C-Final in a time of 4:29.42. His time was fifth fastest in the event. Freshman Riley Pestorius (Bridgewater, N.J.) set a new personal record in 4:31.61, placing 11th overall. Junior Liam Hollowsky (Naples, Fla.) (13th - 4:33.71), senior Talbot Jacobs (Orinda, Calif.) (14th - 4:33.88) and senior Grant Casey (North Attleboro, Mass.) (23rd - 4:36.71) all set season best times in the event, well ahead of the times they swam at the mid-season meet from last season, the Bruno Invite.

Cline placed third in the 50 freestyle at 20.40 with W. Steele right behind him in fourth (20.50). Junior Nicholas Brown (Sudbury, Mass.) (20.71) and C. Steele (20.78) took 12th and 13th in the B-Final, and sophomore Jagger Stephens (Agana Heights, Hagatna, Guam) was able to take second place in the C-Final, 18th overall, with a 20.84.

On the 1M, divers Bryce Campanelli (Palmyra, Va.)  (13th), freshman Ivan Ip (Rosemead, Calif.) (16th) and sophomore William McNelis (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) (17th) had a strong showing. 

Brown closed out the night with a second place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:17.43), a quartet that consisted of Nicholas Brown, freshman Max Pokutta (Palo Alto, Calif.), W. Steele and C. Steele. The "B" team for the event took 12th in 3:21.75 and were led off by a personal best 100-backstroke leadoff leg by Sung (49.59).

The Bears are back in action tomorrow (Dec. 2) for day two of the Big Al Invitational, starting at 10:00 a.m.