Men's Swimming & Diving

Bears Take 5th at Princeton Invitational

Bears Take 5th at Princeton Invitational

Dec. 10, 2008


PRINCETON, NJ - The Brown men's swimming and diving team participated in the Princeton Invitational from December 5-7. The Bears scored 293 total points to finish the Invitational in fifth place and also dropped a dual meet to the host Tigers, 194-103. Florida won the meet with 983.5 points, while Princeton was second with 912. Utah came in third place with 528.5 points, while Columbia took fourth with 386 points. Rider rounded out the competition with 160 points.

Highlighting the weekend was also three times that rank among Brown's all-time top-10. Sophomore Ryan Kikuchi (Temecula, CA) swam a time of 1:52.16 in the 200 IM, which ranks ninth all-time, while senior Daniel Ricketts' (Baltimore, MD) 20.72 in the 50 Free is also ninth all-time. Senior Richard Alexander (Victoria, BC) posted a time of 49.57 in the prelims of the 100 Fly, which ranks sixth all-time.

The Bears started off by taking sixth and eighth in the 200 Free Relay. The team of junior Tucker Wetmore (Weston, MA), Ricketts, senior David Koweek (Hudson, NY), and senior Benjamin Zlotoff (Woodbridge, CT) posted a time of 1:23.71 to grab sixth, while the team of freshman Timothy Juhn (Plano, TX), junior Zack Levko (Wildwood, MO), freshman Alexander Tin (Milton, MA), and freshman James Hunter (Canfield, OH) swam a time of 1:26.28 to take eighth.

Sophomore Wallace Chandler (Glenside, PA) was Brown's top finisher in the 500 Free, earning 29th with a time of 4:48.50, while Kikuchi led Brown in the 200 IM, placing 13th with his 1:52.16. Ricketts led the Bears with his 20.72 in the 50 Free, good for fifth place, while the team of Kikuchi, sophomore Conor Carlucci (New City, NY), Alexander, and Ricketts posted a time of 3:23.20 to earn sixth in the 400 medley relay. The Bears closed out Day 1 with a win, as sophomore Jonathan Speed (Jupiter, FL) claimed first place on the 1-meter dive with a score of 312.35. Junior CJ Kambe (Unionville, CT) was fifth with a score of 278.25.

Day 2 began with Brown's 200 medley relay team of Levko, Carlucci, Alexander, and Zlotoff earning seventh with a time of 1:33.65. Kikuchi then earned a seventh place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:03.68, while Alexander posted a time of 50.17 in the 100 fly to place sixth. Ricketts was close behind with a time of 50.66, placing eighth.

Wetmore was Brown's top finisher in the 200 free, placing 21st with a time of 1:44.45, while Carlucci led the Bears in the 100 breast, placing sixth with a time of 57.35. Levko was Brown's top finisher in the 100 back, earning 11th with a time of 52.04, while the Bears 800 free relay team of Carlucci, Wetmore, Tin, and Chandler earned a time of 7:08.20 to place ninth in that event. Brown closed out the day with Kambe taking third in the 1-meter dive, scoring a 306.05, and Speed earning seventh with a 245.10.

Brown opened the final day of competition with a 16th place finish in the 1650 free, as sophomore Sam Speroni (Sandwich, MA) swam a time of 16:28.66. Kikuchi was Brown's top finisher in the 200 back, posting a time of 1:50.95 to earn sixth place, while Ricketts placed 13th in the 100 free with a time of 46.62 to lead the Bears. Carlucci paced Brown in the 200 breast, taking eighth place with a time of 2:07.67, while Alexander's 1:52.34 in the 200 fly was good for 11th place. Brown closed out the meet with an eighth place finish in the 400 free relay, as the team of Ricketts, Zlotoff, Koweek, and Wetmore posted a time of 3:08.09.