Glenn Earns Four Wins in Brown's Season-Opening Victory Over Boston University, 162-138
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown University men's swimming and diving team opened up the 2012-2013 season with a non-league meet against Boston University on Friday afternoon. The Bears triumphed over a strong Terrier squad, claiming their first win of the season, 162-138, while also clocking impressive early season times. They were led by junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ), the 2012 NCAA Breakout Swimmer of the Year, and freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA), as Glenn finished first in all four of his events while Mayfield dominated the distance swims.
The meet opened with a close race, as the 200 medley relay team of Adam Voss (Muncie, IN), Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY), Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) and Edward Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia) took runner-up honors by just eighteen one-hundredths of a second. Mayfield followed that up with his collegiate debut in the 1000 freestyle, a weaker event for the Bears in recent years, and cruised to his first career win with a time of 9:40.71, ten seconds in front of his closest competitor. Senior John Hug (Weatogue, CT) claimed third place in the event, while Mayfield's classmate Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) took the fourth spot.
Zhao raced to victory in the meet's third event, the 200 freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:42.41, just .30 ahead of Mayfield, who was appearing in his second race in less than 20 minutes. Co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) claimed fifth place honors in a tightly packed field, as the Bears began to build a sizable lead over the Terriers.
Brown finished second and third in each of the next two events, as Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA) touched just ahead of Voss in the 100 backstroke and McVicker edged Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) in the 100 breaststroke. Glenn blew away the field to claim the top spot in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.27, and Strausser took the 50 freestyle in similar fashion, winning with a time of 20.88, while Matthew Luminais (Haverford, PA) and Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Bears swept the middle places in the one-meter diving competition, led by freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) who finished second with a score of 255.37. In the second diving event of the day, the three-meter, William Holder (Champaign, IL) led Brown's two-three finish, accumulating 258.22 points.
Brown claimed the top spot in three of the six individual events after the diving break, as Glenn added victories in the 100 freestyle (46.02) and 100 butterfly (49.19) and Mayfield further exhibited his endurance with a win in the 500 freestyle (4:35.23). Pascal claimed runner-up honors in the 200 backstroke, while Mercurio and McVicker swam neck-and-neck to second and third place finishes in the 200 breaststroke. Strausser, a formidable butterflier in his own right, touched just behind Glenn in the stroke's shorter race. In the final individual event of the afternoon, McVicker, Slater and Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI) grabbed the last three scoring spots in the 200 IM.
Competition wrapped up with a Brown victory in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Strausser, Glenn, Luminais and Zhao out-touched a surging squad from BU with a time of 1:23.97 to put the signature on a dominating performance.
Brown returns to the pool tomorrow afternoon, as both the men's and women's teams will take on UMASS-Amherst at 1:00pm in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.