PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – At the end of the first day of competition in the 2012 Brown Invitational, the first to be held in the newly constructed Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, the Brown men's swimming and diving team sits in fifth place out of the six teams in attendance, just 13 points shy of Ivy League rival, Columbia. In a day that featured just four individual events and two relays, the Bears accumulated 16 season-best times, as well as three top-eight finishes.
After a stellar preliminary session, Brown opened up the evening competition with a ninth place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA), Edward Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia), Matthew Luminais (Haverford, PA) and Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) clocked in at a time of 1:24.49. The Bears were bolstered by a blistering 20.87 from Strausser, as the sophomore recorded one of the fastest lead-off splits in the event. The 'B' squad finished in 15th place, slightly behind a team from Columbia.
Three Bears swam in the finals of the 500 freestyle, with Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) earning the best finish of the trio. He swam a 4:29.46, using a strong back half to propel him into second place after lurking in third for much of the race. His time makes him the eighth fastest performer in Brown swimming history. Sophomore Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ – 4:35.84) and Zhao (4:40.58) competed in the consolation final, finishing 12th and 15th respectively.
Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) claimed the Bears' top finish in the men's 200 IM, touching in 1:52.51, almost a second faster than his morning swim. Freshman Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI) finished 15th in the consolation heat with a time of 1:53.46, while co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) took top honors in the bonus heat, stopping the clock at 1:53.22.
In the evening's quickest event, the 50 freestyle, Strausser snatched a fifth place finish with a time of 20.73. Junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) took the top spot in the consolation final with a time of 20.83, finishing ninth overall and earning his way onto the list of top 25 all-time performers in the 18th slot.
On the boards, freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) scored a 219.15 to grab the 14th spot in the 1 meter diving event, while sophomore William Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH) finished in 15th place with a score of 203.90.
In the final event of the evening, the quartet of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), McVicker, Glenn and Strausser grabbed a fourth place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:20.53. The Bears' 'B' squad finished in 12th, capping off a successful first night for the men's team.
Moving into tomorrow's preliminary session, Princeton leads the pack with 300 points, Dartmouth sits in second with 258 points and the United States Military Academy rounds out the top three with 245 points. Columbia is in fourth with 151 points, followed by Brown (138) and Rider (76). Saturday morning's swimming and diving will begin at 11am, with finals set to start at 6pm. Live results are available for both sessions through the MeetMobile application, and video streaming for finals can be accessed on the swimming and diving schedule pages on brownbears.com.