Pool and Meet Records Falling Left and Right in H-Y-P Tri Meet

Yale’s Kiphuth Pool was on fire in the first session of the triangular Harvard-Yale-Princeton men’s meet, with pool records going down in 7 of the 10 events contested.

In the 200 free relay Harvard’s Griffin Schumacher, Oliver Lee, Danny Crigler and Chris Satterthwaite touched in 1:19.12, just ahead of Princeton’s Connor Maher, Harrison Wagner, Julian Mackrel, and Jeremy Wong, whose 1:19.86 was also under the previous mark of 1:20.84 (Princeton University, Faux – Carter – Baity – Lennox, 2/1/08).

Yale’s Brian Hogan was the man of the night. He began a massive assault on the record books with a 1:35.72 victory in the 200 free. That beat the pool record (1:37.90, Eric Matuszak, Harvard, 3/9/97), the H-Y-P Meet record (1:36.16, David Guernsey, Harvard, 1/31/09) and the Yale school record (1:36.74, George Gleason, 2/3/02). Hogan’s Eli teammate Rob Harder (1:36.69) and Princeton’s Conner Jager (1:37.48) were also under the previous pool record. Each of the top three, plus fourth-place Aly Abdel Khalik of Harvard (1:37.98), achieved a “B” cut.

In the 100 back, En-Wei Hu-Van Wright of Princeton took first with 48.21, not his fastest but good enough to erase Alex Righi’s pool record of 48.45 from 2/15/09. Hu-Van Wright was the only backstroker under the “B” standard.

Yale’s Andrew Heymann, led a trio in the 100 breast who all achieved “B” cuts. Heymann went 54.91 for the win; Princeton’s Byron Sanborn (54.99) and Harvard’s Eric Ronda (55.20) took second and third.

The 200 fly went to Jacob Luna of Harvard, in 1:46.46, a “B” cut that broke the pool record of 1:46.67 set by Bill Jones of the Crimson on 2/1/08. Oliver Bennett of Princeton (1: 47.16) and Alwin Firmansyah of Yale (1:47.82) also finished with “B” cuts.

Alex Righi’s pool record in the 50 free is safe for another year, but Schumacher of Harvard did get a “B” cut with his 19.96 victory over teammate Lee (20.22), and Wagner (20.27) and Wong (20.47) of Princeton.

The top four finishers in the 200 IM all bested the previous pool record (1:48.93, Andrew Grinalds, Prep, 3/19/09) and came away with “B” times: Heymann of Yale picked up his second win (1:47.91), followed by a trio of Tigers, Teo D’Alessandro (1:48.16), Hu-Van Wright (1:48.61), and Sanborn (1:48.73).

In the most spectacular swim of the evening, Hogan went 14:53.36 to win the mile. Not only did he break the Kiphuth Pool (15:06.14, John Cole, Harvard, 2/1/02), H-Y-P Meet (15:00.13, Alex Meyer, Harvard, 1/31/09), and school (15:06.80, Mike Schulte, 2/2/02) records, but he went a personal best by 20 seconds, AND he was 1:06 faster than at last year’s H-Y-P. Another 6 seconds and he gets his “A” cut.

Harvard’s Jack Pretto, Ronda, Luna, and Satterthwaite beat out Princeton’s Hu-Van Wright, Sanborn, Michael Strand, and Wong 3:14.04 to 3:14.22 in the 400 medley relay and thus etched their names in the record books for the Kiphuth Pool (3:17.87, Harvard University, Diekema – Rathgeber – B. Jones – Quinn, 2/1/08) and the H-Y-P Meet (3:14.12, Harvard, Pretto-Katis-Luna-Satterthwaite, 2/2/13). The Yale quartet of Mike Lazris, Heymann, Firmansyah, and Victor Zhang (3:17.04), along with Harvard’s B team of Jack Manchester, Matthew Karle, Kenneth Castro-Abrams, and Spenser Goodman (3:17.38) were also under the previous pool record.

Mike Mosca of Harvard won the three-meter diving with 351.80 points. His teammate Joe Zarrella was second. Third and fourth went to Princeton teammates Nathan Makarewicz and Mark O’Connell, while Tyler Pramer and James McNelis of Yale rounded out the top six.

Preliminary scores:

Harvard 102 – 84 Princeton
Princeton 110 – 76 Yale
Harvard 105 – 81 Yale

The meet resumes Saturday, February 1 at 12:00 noon. Follow the live results here.

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Dean Ottati

Congratulations to all of the new record holders. I wish to acknowlege one of the records that was broken, 17 years after it was set. To have been a swimmer for Andover High School outside Detroit from the late 60’s to the late 90’s, is to have been been a member of a long blue line of swimming family, forged by the Mike Lane experience. Eric Matuzak, the Yale pool 200 freestyle record holder until yesterday, is part of that family. So to Eric, and of course to the indescribeable Mike, cheers! Records are made to be broken. Way to go Brian Hogan. Know that you broke the record of a great one from a large family.

I never would have become a swimmer if it hadn’t been for Mr. Lane and Birmingham Country Club! I believe that Eric was one of the lifeguards at BCC back when I was a kid. Mr. Lane helped many, many kids become talented swimmers.

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