Men's Swimming & Diving

Men’s Swimming & Diving Remains in Second on Day Two of the Big Al Invite

Men’s Swimming & Diving Remains in Second on Day Two of the Big Al Invite

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown men's swimming & diving team remains in second place at the conclusion of Day Two of the Big Al Invitational at DeNunzio Pool on Saturday. Host Princeton leads with 868.5 while the Bears have 415 in second.

"Another solid finals session for the Bruno men tonight," said head coach Chris Ip. "We placed 17 men into finals and our team continued to feed off each other's success. Sophomore Coley Sullivan did a great job leading the charge today."

A team of sophomore Cody Cline (Wellington, Fla.), freshman Max Pokutta (Palo Alto, Calif.), junior William Steele (Katy, Texas) and sophomore Alex Smilenov (Katy, Texas) started things off with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.72, nine one-hundredths of a second over Princeton.

Sophomore Coley Sullivan (Louisville, Ky.) later broke his second school record in as many days and won the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.94. He was also part of the 800-freestyle relay (6:30.35) that won the event and shattered the school record by over six seconds that was set in 2002. Sullivan teamed up with Smilenov, freshman Michael Lincoln (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Cline on the relay.

Behind Sullivan's record setting performance in the 100 backstroke were Junior Nicholas Brown (Sudbury, Mass.) (13th - 50.20) and senior Talbot Jacobs (Orinda, Calif.) (23rd - 51.69). Jacobs' swim in the preliminary heats of 51.06 moves him onto Brown's all-time Top 25 list (23rd).

Sullivan was also able to lead the way in the 400 IM, swimming a 3:53.19 in the morning preliminary heats. That time was good enough for second all-time in Brown history. Not far behind him was freshman Alex Park (Dix Hills, N.Y.) finishing in eighth, with a 3:54.46 in the preliminaries (fifth all-time at Brown) and junior Matt Orringer (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who finished 17th overall with a 3:58.59 at finals.

W. Steele finished third in the 100 butterfly in 48.22, fifth all-time at Brown, and was joined in the A-Final by sophomore Joon Sung (Los Angeles, Calif.) who placed seventh (49.19) and Smilenov who came in eighth (49.35) with a lifetime best in the preliminary hears (48.92). N. Brown won the B-Final and was ninth overall (49.41) and junior Charles Steele (Katy, Texas) (18th - 49.90) and freshman Riley Pestorius (Bridgewater, N.J.) (20th - 50.38) rounded out the C-Final.

Brown had six swimmers dip below the 1:40 mark in the 200 freestyle on the night. Cline (3rd - 1:37.42) led the way, with Lincoln (4th - 1:37.63), junior Liam Hollowsky (Naples, Fla.) (14th - 1:39.94), sophomore Troy Li (Carmel, Ind.) (17th - 1:39.65) and sophomore Jagger Stephens (Agana Heights, Hagatna, Guam) (18th - 1:39.79) following him. Smilenov led the 800 freestyle relay off in a 1:38.25 to complete the six swims. Lifetime bests were achieved by Cline and Hollowsky (1:39.52 in the preliminary heats).

Pokutta was the Bears' highest finisher in the 100 breaststroke, with a 56.33, good enough for eighth overall. Sophomore Toshiki Takahashi (Tokyo, Japan) was not far off of his lifetime best time, finishing 13th in 56.79. Park placed 20th overall with a 57.94.

On the boards, freshman Ivan Ip (Rosemead, Calif.) was the Bears top finisher, placing 12th overall on the 1M. Sophomore William McNelis (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) (17th) and senior Bryce Campanelli (Palmyra, Va.) (18th) followed not far behind.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow (Dec. 3) for the final day of the Big Al Invitational, starting at 9:00 a.m.