Bears Win 12 of 16 Events in 176-124 Victory over Cornell

Feb. 10, 2008

ITHACA, NY - The Brown men's swimming and diving team (3-4, 3-3) rebounded from a narrow loss to Columbia last weekend with a 176-124 victory over Cornell to even its Ivy League record at 3-3. The Bears won 12 of the 16 events en route to the victory and finished at least as high as second in the other four. Brown spread the victories out with seven different people winning individual events, including senior Peter Volosin (Roanoke, VA), junior Daniel Ricketts (Baltimore, MD), and freshmen Conor Carlucci (New City, NY) and Ryunosuke Kikuchi (Temecula, CA) each with two wins.

The Bears started the meet with freshman Jonathan Speed (Jupiter, FL) winning the 1-meter dive. His score of 313.88 was more than 20 point higher than the second place finisher, while sophomore CJ Kambe (Unionville, CT) claimed third place with a 286.57.

Brown took second and third in the first swimming event, as the team of senior Kevin Hug (Tampa, FL), senior Grant Garcia (Mercer Island, WA), Ricketts, and senior Brian Kelly (Weston, MA) earned second with a time of 1:32.76, while the team of freshman John Bailey (Meadville, PA), Carlucci, junior Richard Alexander (Victoria, BC), and junior Benjamin Zlotoff (Woodbridge, CT) earned third with a time of 1:34.14.

The Bears won the next two events with Volosin claiming victory in the 1000 free with a time of 9:44.34. Kikuchi was second with a 9:46.18, while freshman Sam Speroni (Sandwich, MA) earned third with a time of 9:48.13 as Brown has a 1-2-3 sweep. Ricketts then won the 200 free with a time of 1:39.02.

Hug earned second place in the 100 back, posting a time of 50.93, which was just .08 off of first place, while Bailey earned third with a time of 52.40. The Bears then won the next two as Carlucci picked up his first individual victory in the 100 breast (58.14), while Alexander won the 200 fly (1:51.64).

Cornell claimed the next two events, but Brown was able to finish in second and third to hold onto the lead. Kelly was second in the 50 free (21.11), while sophomore Tucker Wetmore (Weston, MA) took third (21.47). Speed earned second on the 3-meter dive (308.17), while Kambe was third (289.05).

Brown finished the meet in dominating fashion, winning seven straight meets to close the afternoon, including taking first and second in three of them. Kelly started the strong finish, winning the 100 free (45.63), while Kikuchi earned his first individual win of the day in the 200 back (1:49.95),

Carlucci earned his second victory of the day, winning the 200 breast (2:08.92), while sophomore Ray Grant (Seekonk, MA) was second with a time of 2:09.16. Volosin followed with his second victory of the afternoon, winning the 500 free (4:38.75). Ricketts posted his second win of the afternoon, earning a time of 49.23 in the 100 fly, while Alexander was second with a time of 50.70. Kikuchi (1:55.76) and Alexander (1:58.44) closed out the individual events with a one-two sweep in the 200 IM.

Brown finished the meet by taking first and third in the 400 free relay, as the team of Hug, Ricketts, Kelly, and Wetmore earned first with a time of 3:02.87, and the team of Zlotoff, sophomore Trent Huxley (Bellevue, WA), sophomore JD Pinto (Greenwich, CT), and junior David Koweek (Hudson, NY) grabbed third with a time of 3:05.84.