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Men's Swimming & Diving Opens Ivy Season With Sweep Of Cornell, Penn

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/23/2013
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Michael Strand won the 100 back in victories over both Cornell and Penn.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer


The five-time reigning Ivy League champion Princeton men's swimming and diving team opened its dual meet season with victories over both Cornell and Penn Saturday in Ithaca.

Team scores will be posted when available.

The dual meet opened Friday with the diving competition, and Princeton took three of the top four spots in both the 1- and 3-meter events. On the 1-meter board, junior Michael Manhard took second with 295.35 points, while senior Mark O’Connell (295.25) and freshman Nathan Makarewicz (287.10) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Manhard, who broke the program’s 1-meter record at the Princeton Open last weekend, followed with a win in the 3-meter event with 328.45 points. O’Connell (303.65) and Makarewicz (281.80) took third and fourth.

Princeton opened the day with a tight win in the 200 medley relay, as the quartet of Michael Strand, Jack Pohlmann, Teo D’Alessandro and Harrison Wagner posted a time of 1:31.40, which topped Penn by just .12 of a second. The quartet of En-Wei Hu-Van Wright, Daniel Hasler, Oliver Bennett and Connor Maher posted a strong third-place time of 1:33.73.

Freshman Sam Smiddy made his Ivy League debut an impressive one, topping Penn freshman Wes Thomas to win the 1000 in 9:32.50. Two other Tiger underclassmen had Top 4 finishes, as sophomore Zach Ridout placed third in 9:39.65, while freshman Lance Rutkin took fourth in 9:41.27.

D’Alessandro and sophomore classmate Sandy Bole went 1-2 in the 200, with D’Alessandro taking the race in 1:40.12. Bole finished second in 1:41.25, while Hu-Van Wright finished fourth in 1:41.69.

Strand, the reigning Ivy League champion in the 100 back, won the event in 49.58, while Maher took third in 50.25. Pohlmann followed with a third-place finish in the 100 breast in 57.66.

Bennett got Princeton back in the winner’s column by taking the 200 fly in 1:51.19, while reigning Ivy League 50 free champion Harrison Wagner won the 50 in 20.58. Sophomore Jeremy Wong added a third-place finish in 21.03. Wagner followed that by finishing third in the 100 free (46.05), one spot behind D’Alessandro (45.94).

Hu-Van Wright and Maher went 1-2 in the 200 back, with Hu-Van Wright (1:48.72) edging out the 2013 Ivy League champion in the event (1:49.02). Hasler followed with a second in the 200 breast in 2:05.47.

Smiddy posted a double by winning the 500 free in 4:40.51, while a pair of classmates followed in the next two spots. Rutkin placed second in 4:41.60, while Jeff Williamson took third in 4:42.85.

Bole took third in the 100 fly in 50.53, while Bennett placed fourth in 50.75. Hasler added a third-place finish in the 200 IM in 1:55.45.

Princeton wrapped up the day with a tight second-place finish in the 400 free relay, as Maher, Hu-Van Wright, Wagner and Bole finished in 3:02.16, only .01 of a second behind Penn.

Princeton will be off next week, and will return to DeNunzio Pool Dec. 6-8 for the 2013 Big Al Open.







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