Bears Complete Weekend Sweep with a Victory Over UMASS, 172-126
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – In the first official competition to be held in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center at Brown University, the men's swimming and diving team (2-0) completed the weekend sweep, crushing the UMASS Minutemen (1-3), 172 to 126. The Bears captured eleven first place finishes in the afternoon competition, and the win marks the first time that Brown has opened the season with two consecutive victories since the 2005-2006 campaign.
Swimming against one of the premier teams in the Atlantic-10 conference, Brown opened the day with a sweep of the 400 medley relay, as the team of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY), Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) and Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) blew away the field with a time of 3:26.33. The 'B' squad just out-touched the 'A' team from UMASS, 3:30.05 to 3:30.98. Freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) captured the meet's longest event for the second day in a row, cruising to a time of 9:36.74 in the 1000 freestyle, four seconds faster than his Friday night performance. Senior John Hug (Weatogue, CT) captured the third spot, registering a time that was eight seconds faster than the one he recorded at BU.
The Bears claimed first and third in the next two events, as Glenn grabbed the top spot in the 200 freestyle with a quick early-season time of 1:40.34, while Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) swam a strong race to finish third. Pascal won the 100 backstroke, while captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) snuck into the third spot. Freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) claimed his first collegiate win in the 100 breastroke, just out-touching McVicker. Mayfield illustrated his versatility with a victory in the 200 butterfly, swimming neck-and-neck with UMASS' Eric Zeimetz before breaking away in the last 50 to win by almost 2 seconds. In the 50 freestyle, the last event before the diving break, Strausser claimed his second title of the weekend and was the only swimmer to break the 21-second mark.
Action on the boards occurred throughout the afternoon, with freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) finishing as the top Bear in each of the two events contested. He placed third in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, with improved scores of 262.87 and 273.52, respectively.
The 100 freestyle got things started in the pool again, with Strausser taking runner-up honors followed by freshman Edward Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia) in the third position. Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) took second in the 200 backstroke, touching with a time of 1:54.69 and leading a 2-3-4 sweep for the Bears, while Mercurio completed a sweep of the breaststroke events with a win in the 200.
As the meet wound down and the Bears continued to pull ahead, Mayfield snatched his third title of day, winning a tight race in the 500 freestyle over Glenn. The two Bears finished 13 seconds ahead of their closest competitor, swimming stroke-for-stroke for 20 lengths of the pool, but Mayfield was able to hold off a strong last 50 by Glenn to take the win, 4:33:86 to 4:34:05. Voss, Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) and Barr claimed the middle three spots in the 100 butterfly, before Ian Slater capped off the individual events with a win in the 200 IM, touching in a time of 1:55.27.
Putting the finishing touches on a very successful weekend, the relay team of Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT), Barr, Johnson and Voss swam to victory in the 200 freestyle relay, clocking a time of 1:20.15.
Brown will take a bit of a hiatus from competition for the next few weeks before returning to the pool for the Brown Invite. The multi-team, trials and finals competition will be held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Brown's campus from November 30 to December 2.