Bears Edged by Boston University

In their first meet since returning from winter training, the Bears dropped a tough meet to a strong Boston University squad, as the Terriers defended their home pool with a 175-123 victory. Ryan Kikuchi and John Hug led the charge for Brown, combining for four individual wins and an additional second place finish.

Brown kicked off the action with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, crossing the line just a second behind the Terriers with a time of 1:34.86.  Hug then began the individual events on a high note, taking an impressive win in the 1000 free with a time of 9:47.89, nearly three seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

The Bears then took three consecutive second place finishes behind a trio of solid performances by John Pinto, Kikuchi, and Tim Juhn, who raced in the 200 free, 100 back, and 100 breast respectively.  Kikuchi then followed several events later with his first win of the day, swimming a blistering 1:52.59 in the 200 back to edge the Terriers by .32 seconds.

On the diving boards, senior C.J. Kambe had one of his best performances of the season, posting a 294.60 in the one-meter dive, winning the event by an impressive 16-point margin.  Kambe then followed that with a second place in the three-meter dive, turning in a score of 277.78.

Back in the pool, Hug notched another win in the 500 free, winning an exceptionally tight race with a time of 4:44.24.  Boston University's Tyson Slesnick hung with Hug stroke for stroke, but ultimately could not match Hug's finishing sprint, coming in second by a margin of .31 seconds.

Kikuchi wrapped up the individual events with another win, this one coming in the 200 IM.  Kikuchi fell behind early, but came on strong in the final 50 meters to pick up the comeback victory with a time of 1:53.84.  The Bears then ended the afternoon by swimming a 3:15.15 in the 400 free relay, picking up a second place finish.

Brown will be back in action on Friday, January 23, when they return to Boston to take on the Harvard Crimson at 12:30 p.m.