Close Finishes, Tight Scores Set Up For Wild Finish To Men's HYP Weekend
A session filled with tight finishes left the Ivy League men's swimming/diving fan base excited for Super Sunday's final session of H-Y-P, and even more interested in the Ivy League Championship weekend. Princeton closed the night narrowly trailing Harvard 106-80, though it leads Yale 149-37.
Princeton opened Saturday's session by taking second in the 200 free relay. The sophomore trio of Connor Maher, Michael Strand and Harrison Wagner joined freshman Brooks Powell to finish in 1:19.37. Sunday's session opens at noon and will also serve as Senior Day.
The three-meter diving competition proved to be a Princeton-Harvard showdown. The Crimson got the win, as Michael Mosca scored 399.45 points, but Princeton had three of the top five finishers. Senior Stevie Vines took second with 363.70 points, while sophomore Michael Manhard finished fourth with 310.70 points. Senior Christopher Kelly added a fifth-place finish with 303.50 points.
Princeton had three of the top four finishers in the 200 free, and freshman Sandy Bole earned one of the most dramatic wins of the night by winning in 1:36.79. That time topped Harvard's Chris Satterthwaite by two hundreths of a second. Princeton freshman Teo D'Alessandro took third in 1:37.59, while senior Will Lawley finished fourth in 1:37.86.
Princeton followed that with an even more impressive 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back. Sophomore Michael Strand won in 48.57, one hundreth of a second faster than freshman En-Wei Hu-Van Wright. Senior Kaspar Raigla finished third in 49.12.
Harvard sophomore Chuck Katis won the 100 breast in 54.08, though Princeton grabbed the next three spots. Freshman Byron Sanborn took second in 54.24, while classmate Jack Pohlmann took third in 55.09. Junior Daniel Hasler placed fourth in 55.39.
Freshman Marco Bove took third in the 200 fly (1:47.68), while sophomore Oliver Bennett finished fifth in 1:48.14. Wagner followed with a second-place finish in the 50 free (20.07), while Powell took fourth in 20.22.
Katis made it a double with a win in the 200 IM, though Bole placed second in 1:48.17 and Sanborn took third in 1:48.33. A third freshman, D'Alessandro, finished fourth in 1:48.75, while a fourth, Hu-Van Wright, took fifth in 1:49.39.
Harvard's Steven Kekacs won the mile in 15:22.18, while Princeton freshman Zach Ridout placed second in 15:26.73. The Crimson closed the night with a narrow win in the 400 medley relay, though the Princeton team of Strand, Sanborn, Powell and freshman Jeremy Wong took second in 3:14.37.