The Harvard men’s swimming and diving team launched into their Ivy League season on Saturday by hosting a tri-meet against Cornell and Dartmouth. And although the Crimson came out on top of both contests, it was Cornell’s vastly improved squad that stood out most at Blodgett Pool. Cornell lost to Harvard 229-71 last year, and to Dartmouth, 170-130. This year the Big Red narrowed their loss to Harvard (169-131) and beat Dartmouth (213-87). Harvard also topped Dartmouth, 246-54. Full results.
Cornell’s Dylan Sali had quite an afternoon, winning three events and leading off the medley relay in by far the fastest backstroke leg (22.77). His individual wins came in the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM. In the 100 back, Sali finished in 47.73, exactly 2.2 seconds ahead of Harvard’s Jack Manchester. It was the same order in the 200 back: Sali went 1:45.88 to Manchester’s 1:47.29. Sali’s 1:50.36 in the 200 IM led a 1-2 Cornell sweep; Eric May overtook Harvard freshman Koya Osada in the freestyle leg and finished second, 1:52.45 to 1:52.62.
The Cornell freshmen duo of Brandon Sweezer and Ryan Sharkey, who had impressed us on paper in our pre-season analyses, didn’t disappoint in their first Ivy outing. They met Harvard head-on in one of the Crimson’s biggest strengths –distance freestyle– and came out on top. Sweezer won the 1000 (9:23.67) and 500 (4:32.65); Sharkey was second in the 1000 (9:24.46) and third in the 500 (4:33.00).
The only multiple-event winner for the Crimson was their All-American diver, senior Mike Mosca, who won both the 1-meter (315.60 points) and 3-meter (432.60) events. His score in 3-meter diving broke both the pool and school records.
One of the most exciting races was the 200 free, in which the top five finishers all went under 1:41. Spenser Goodman of Harvard out-touched them all with 1:40.01. Dartmouth freshman Tony Shen (1:40.12) was next, followed by Cornell freshman Will Stange (1:40.34), Harvard freshman Jack Boyd (1:40.67), and Cornell senior May (1:40.74).
Another thriller occurred in the 100 breast. Harvard freshman Shane McNamara won with 55.42, but right behind him were Cornell freshman Alex Evdokimov (55.63), Cornell’s Victor Luo (55.66), and Harvard’s Erica Ronda (55.76).
Cornell senior Tim Satterthwaite won the 100 free in 45.41, just ahead of teammate Karol Mlynarski (45.72). All the other races went to various men in crimson. Ronda took the 200 breast in 1:58.69, just getting in front of Luo (1:58.71). Sophomore Paul O’Hara won the 50 free (20.54). Junior Jacob Luna’s 1:49.12 topped the field in the 200 fly. And freshman Steven Tan won the 100 fly with 48.27.
Dartmouth got good performances out of James Verhagen (100/200 back), divers Brett Gillis and Ryan Shelley, Zach Browne (1000 free), David Harmon (100/200 fly), and freshman Misha Tovmashenko (100/200 free).
Harvard University 246 – 54.00 Dartmouth College
Harvard University 169 – 131 Cornell University
Cornell University 213 – 87 Dartmouth College