PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown men's swimming & diving team finished second at the Big Al Invitational on Sunday at DeNunzio Pool. Host Princeton placed first (1291.5) while Columbia came in third (488).
"This coaching staff is very pleased with our efforts this weekend," said head coach Chris Ip. "This meet provided us with some important racing experience at the pool that will be the host site of our upcoming Ivy League Championships this February. We were successful in breaking five school records at the meet and secured a second place finish to Princeton."
To open the meet, freshman Riley Pestorius (Bridgewater, N.J.) (15:40.33) moved into eighth all-time in Brown history with his sixth place finish, a new lifetime best in the 1650 freestyle. Not far off of Pestorius was senior Grant Casey (North Attleboro, Mass.), who finished ninth with a 15:47.82.
Sophomore Coley Sullivan (Louisville, Ky.) continued his record setting ways, smashing the school record in the 200 backstroke by over a second (1:44.27) and winning the event. Senior Talbot Jacobs (Orinda, Calif.) (12th – 1:49.80) was just off of his lifetime best, and junior Nicholas Brown (Sudbury, Mass.) (19th – 1:49.47) swam his season best time.
Sophomore Alex Smilenov (Katy, Texas) and sophomore Cody Cline (Wellington, Fla.) went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle, both dipping under the 44 second barrier for the first time ever. Smilenov's 43.83 is good enough for second all-time in Brown history while Cline (43.92) moves into fourth all-time. Fellow sophomore Jagger Stephens (Agana Heights, Hagatna, Guam) placed 12th in the event with a 45.19, while freshman Michael Lincoln (Palo Alto, Calif.) (20th – 45.63) and junior Liam Hollowsky (Naples, Fla.) (23rd – 46.06) rounded out the C-Final.
Freshman Max Pokutta (Palo Alto, Calif.) led the way for the Bears in the 200 breaststroke, finishing 11th in a 2:02.99. Pokutta's time was good enough for ninth all-time in program history. Sophomore Toshiki Takahashi (Tokyo, Japan) finished right behind Pokutta, coming in 12th at 2:03.67.
The final individual event of the day, the 200 butterfly, saw five Bears finish in the top-16 of the event. Junior William Steele (Katy, Texas) was the highest finisher, coming in fourth with a new lifetime best time of 1:46.85. His swim moves him into third all-time in Brown history. Swimming in the B-Final were sophomore Joon Sung (Los Angeles, Calif.) (ninth – 1:49.59), junior Matt Orringer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) (11th – 1:49.93), freshman Alex Park (Dix Hills, N.Y.) (12th – 1:50.55), and Lincoln (14th – 1:51.55). For Sung and Orringer, their first time under the 1:50.00 barrier moves them into 12th and 13th in program history, respectively. While Park and Lincoln move onto the list at 17th and 20th.
In the final event of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, a team of Cline, junior Charles Steele (Katy, Texas), Sullivan, and Smilenov were out-touched by Princeton by just one-tenth of a second. The relay team was, however, successful in crushing the school record in the event, finishing in 2:55.36, more than two seconds under the previous mark of 2:57.73 set just last year.
The Bears return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Harvard and Penn, at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center starting at noon.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Finishes Big Al Invite in Second