Tigers Claim Three Ivy Swimming Titles, Remain Second To Harvard
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A trio of victories highlighted the second day of the Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Friday night at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. While junior Michael Strand defended his 100 back title, freshman Sam Smiddy made a splash with his first Ivy title in the 400 IM.
Princeton made a small dent in Harvard's overall lead, but the Tigers still need a major comeback if they hope to win their sixth straight Ivy League title. The Crimson lead the field with 1011 points, while Princeton is second with 929 points. Penn is third with 723 points, while both Columbia and Yale are in a tight battle for fourth.
Sophomore Zach Ridout gave Princeton some much-needed distance points with a third-place finish in 9:05.75. Yale’s Brian Hogan and Penn’s Chris Swanson put on their own show for the win, with Hogan taking the title in an Ivy record time of 8:52.22, but Ridout was able to top the rest of the field for some key points.
Smiddy, following a strong Thursday performance in the 500, set a Blodgett Pool record in winning the 400 IM in 3:47.33. His time was more than 1.5 seconds faster than anybody in the field, and it gave Princeton a weekend sweep of the IM events (Teo D'Alessandro won the 200 IM Thursday). D'Alessandro placed fourth in 3:50.28, while senior tri-captain Daniel Hasler took fifth in 3:51.12.
Prior to Strand's win in the 100 back, he was Princeton's lone entrant in the A final in the 100 fly. He took seventh in the final in 48.22. Sophomore Sandy Bole followed with a third-place finish in the 200 free (1:36.66), while freshman Julian Mackrel took eighth in 1:38.19.
Princeton had three finalists in the 100 breast. Sophomore Byron Sanborn took third in 54.19, while Hasler finished sixth (54.84) and Bove took eighth (55.56).
Strand defended his 100 back title in impressive fashion, setting a pool record in 46.80. He was one of three finalists; sophomore En-wei Hu-Van Wright took sixth in 48.06, while Maher finished seventh in 48.27.
The Tigers ended the day with a second-place finish in the 800 free relay, as D'Alessandro, Maher, Mackrel and Bole finished in 6:27.66.