November 17, 2007

Bears Split Season Opener with Navy and Dartmouth

Nov. 17, 2007

BRISTOL, RI - The Brown men's swimming and diving team (1-1, 1-0) opened its 2007-2008 season with a solid performance, hosting Navy (L, 139.5-103.5) and Dartmouth (W, 191-52) at Roger Williams. Brown won five of the 13 events and finished no lower than second in another five. Senior Brian Kelly (Weston, MA) and freshman Ryunosuke Kikuchi (Temecula, CA) helped to lead Brown as each won one event and took second in another.

The Bears opened the meet by taking first and second in the 400 medley relay as the team of senior Kevin Hug (Tampa, FL), freshman Conor Carlucci (New City, NY), junior Richard Alexander (Victoria, BC), and sophomore Tucker Wetmore (Weston, MA) led off with a first place finish (3:30.06). Kikuchi, senior Grant Garcia (Mercer Island, WA), sophomore JD Pinto (Greenwich, CT), and junior David Koweek (Hudson, NY) followed with a time of 3:32.28, good for second.

Brown took second place in the next five events with senior Peter Volosin (Roanoke, VA) clocking in at 9:41.41 in the 1000 Free, junior Daniel Ricketts (Baltimore, MD) posting a time of 1:42.30 in the 200 Free, and Kelly earning a time of 21.33 in the 50 Free. Wetmore finished right behind Kelly in third with a time of 21.97. Kikuchi then took second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.44, while Alexander earned a time of 1:55.42 in the 200 Fly.

Bruno won the next two events as Kelly posted a time of 45.96 in the 100 Free and Kikuchi earned a time of 1:52.75 in the 200 Back. Hug was right behind Kikuchi in second with a time of 1:52.75. The Bears took third in the final two individual events with Volosin earning a time of 4:42.78 in the 500 Free and Carlucci posting a time of 2:11.93 in the 200 Breast.

The Bears closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 Free Relay as the team of Kelly, Hug, junior Benjamin Zlotoff (Woodbridge, CT) and Ricketts clocked in at 3:06.42.

In diving action, freshman Jonathan Speed (Jupiter, FL) picked up a win in the 1-Meter in his collegiate debut with a score of 299.25. Sophomore CJ Kambe (Unionville, CT) earned second with a score of 289.65. Kambe was Brown's top finisher in the 3-Meter with a score of 295.35, good for third.

Brown travels to Princeton in two weeks to compete in the Princeton Invitational from November 30 to December 2. The Bears' dual meet against the Tigers will also take place over the weekend.