Harvard Men Sweeps Cornell, Dartmouth

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November 18th, 2019 College, News

Cornell v. Dartmouth v. Harvard

Courtesy: Dartmouth Athletics

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving fell to Harvard (193-105) and Cornell (166.5-133.5) at Karl Michael Pool on Saturday.

The meet was highlighted by three individual wins: Connor LaMastra in the 1000 free (9:23.84), Justin Sodokoff on the 3-meter diving board (346.70) and Tim Park in the 100 free (46.21).

In the 200 medley relay, the Big Green placed fourth (1:34.06), touching a few tenths of a second ahead of Harvard. The Crimson’s A relay tied the pool record from 2016. In the 1000, LaMastra left almost 14 seconds between him and the second-place finisher. Also swimming the event were Ethan Banks (9:55.79) and Stas Van Genderen (10:05.97). LaMastra and Banks also swam the 500 free, coming in third (4:34.93) and sixth (4:44.09).

Park placed third in the 200 free (1:40.89), while John Hall (1:44.07) and Landon Armstrong (1:44.23) were seventh and eighth. Park won the 100 free by just a tenth of a second, while Hall was third (46.63), Armstrong was fourth (47.57) and Tim Cushman came eighth (48.45). Park also placed fifth in the 100 fly (50.96).

In the 100 back, Andrew Vorobev and Noah Hensley touched within seven one-hundredths of a second in fifth (51.90) and sixth (51.97), respectively. Cushman (52.68) and Dylan Chan (53.63) also competed.

In the 100 breast, Brandon Liao took fifth (58.75), leaving almost a second between him and the Cornell swimmer in sixth. Connor Richmond tied for seventh (59.96) and Max Jones was 10th (1:00.30). Dartmouth took sixth through ninth in the 50 free. Armstrong led the way (22.13) and was followed by Cushman (22.31), Gabriel Mathews (22.34) and Tang-e Tan (22.37).

Sodokoff won on 3-meter by over 30 points. Ray Neistat was seventh (251.65), Kyle Schubert came in eighth (249.05) and Jonathan Hu placed 10th (231.95). On 1-meter, Sodokoff was second (313.65), missing out on first by just two points. Schubert took eighth (255.00), Neistat was ninth (246.95) and Hu came 11th (221.50).

Swimming the 200 back, Joe Moll finished highest for the Big Green in third (1:52.71), while Vorobev (1:53.27) and Hensley (1:53.67) were sixth and seventh, and Chan came in eighth place (2:03.41). Moll was also fourth in the 200 IM (1:57.50), out-touching a Cornell swimmer by two-tenths, while Richmond was sixth (1:58.38), Jones was eighth (2:02.40) and Kong came ninth (2:0616). In the 200 breast, Richmond was seventh (2:11.08), Jones was ninth (2:12.20) and Alec Kong took 10th (2:14.04).

Dartmouth ended the meet by coming in third place in the 400 free relay (3:06.44). The relay left over two seconds between it and Cornell in fourth.

The Green will compete in the Big Al Invitational at Princeton from Dec. 6-8.

Courtesy: Cornell Athletics

HANOVER, N.H. – The Cornell men’s swimming and diving team extended its win streak over Dartmouth to six meets, defeating the Big Green, 166.50-133.50, before falling to Harvard, 185-113, on Saturday afternoon at the Karl Michael Pool in Hanover, N.H.

The Big Red proved that strength comes in numbers, as Cornell had at least two, top-five finishers in six of the 16 possible events. In total, the Big Red tallied 22 top-five finishes on the day, propelling them to their sixth-straight victory over Dartmouth.

John MahoneyPaige daCosta, and Brett Hébert paced the Big Red, each recording an individual event win. Mahoney continues to be a face of consistency for Cornell in the freestyle events, as he placed first in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.82. Ian Mackey (21.70) and Ricardo Martinez (22.11) finished not far behind Mahoney, touching the wall fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mahoney was also Cornell’s top finisher in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall second in 46.36. Hunter Hitchens was the Big Red’s other top-five finisher in the event, placing fifth in 47.83.

Freshman Paige daCosta is establishing himself as a vital member of the Big Red squad, emerging victorious in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:51.67 and placing second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.24. Fellow freshmen Ryan Pirrung (1:56.79) and Jack Valiquette (1:57.73) posted strong finishes in the 200-yard IM as well, placing third and fifth, respectively.

Mahoney and daCosta didn’t stop there, however, as they helped Cornell capture two solid finishes in the relay events. In the 200-yard medley relay, the pair teamed up with Ryan Brown and Jacob Mullin to guide the squad to a second place finish in 1:32.87. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Mahoney was joined by Min Zhi Chua, Hitchens, and James Huang, as the group went on to place fourth with a time of 3:08.90.

In the diving events, it was Hébert that stole the show, winning the 1-meter competition (315.50) and placing third in the 3-meter competition (307.25).

Back in the pool, Brown built on the momentum from the 200-yard medley relay and turned it into two additional top-three finishes, as he placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.49) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.82). Owen Downs (2:08.57) and Pirrung (2:10.21) put together nice races in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Huang picked up a pair of second place finishes as well, doing so in the 100-yard butterfly (49.70) and 200-yard butterfly (1:49.61). He was joined in the top-five of the 200-yard butterfly by Chua, who placed fifth in 1:54.59.

Other top-five finishes on the day for the Big Red include Jacob Mullin in the 100-yard backstroke (51.72), Martinez in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.90), and Jake Lawson in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:49.41), as all three student-athletes placed fourth in their respective events.

The Big Red men’s swimming and diving team will return to the pool next week when it competes against Penn and Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. in Princeton, N.J.

Courtesy: Harvard Athletics

HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men’s swimming and diving team set three pool records at Karl Michael Pool and swept Ivy League foes Dartmouth and Cornell Saturday afternoon. The Crimson defeated the Big Green, 193-105, and took down the Big Red, 185-113.

Harvard’s 200 medley relay of Will GrantDaniel ChangUmitcan Gures and Mahlon Reihman finished ahead of the pack with a time of 1:30.47. Their effort tied the pool record originally set by Crimson alums Koya Osada, Shane McNamara, Steven Tan and Paul O’Hara in 2016.

Grant set a facility record in the 200 back when he finished in 1:46.48 to take first place. The first-year outpaced the field by nearly three seconds, touching the pad ahead of second-place finisher Paige Dacosta of Cornell (1:49.24).

The third and final pool record occurred in the 100 fly when Gures clocked in at 48.17, to claim first place. The sophomore, who beat the competition by more than one second, erased the old pool record originally held by Harvard’s Dean Farris in 2016 (48.43).

Harvard is 2-2 (2-0 Ivy League) on the season with the sweep of Dartmouth and Cornell. The Big Green, meanwhile, fell to 0-4 (0-2 Ivy) and the Big Red improved to 2-1 (1-1 Ivy).

Harvard Highlights
– First-year Marcus Holmquist won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.11. Classmate Cole Kuster came in second place, touching the pad in 1:40.58.
– Grant, the first-year from Waco, Texas, won the 100 back (49.66) and finished in front of two Harvard teammates in Jared Simpson (2nd, 50.83) and Michael Zarian (3rd, 50.95).
– Daniel Chang captured first place in the 100 breast, clocking in at 56.87.
– Simpson was victorious in the 200 breast, logging a time of 2:05.36, edging Cornell’s Ryan Brown (2:06.82).
– Kuster and first-year Noah Brune finished 1-2 in the 500 freestyle, registering times of 4:31.91 and 4:33.86, respectively.
– Harvard ended the meet by winning the 400 free relay (Kuster, Gures, Ryan Linnihan, Reihman) in 3:04.00. 

Next Up
Harvard will return to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when it competes against Columbia in New York. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m.

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