PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – With one day of competition left to go in the 2012 Brown Invitational, the Brown men's swimming and diving team sits in fourth place out of the eight teams in attendance. The second day of swimming and diving featured six individual events and two relays, showcasing the Bears' versatility and depth. At the conclusion of the evening session, Brown had tallied eight top-eight finishes, including victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
After an exciting preliminary session, Brown opened up the evening competition with a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Alex Pascal (Williamsburg, VA), Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY), Jeffrey Strausser (Cupertino, CA) and Oliver Diamond (Bethesda, MD) clocked a time of 1:31.79. The 'B' squad finished in 12th place with a time of 1:34.73.
In the men's 400 IM, the second event of the night, co-captain Ian Slater (Falmouth, ME) took top honors in the bonus heat, stopping the clock at 4:06.52.
A highlight of the night was Tommy Glenn's (Haddonfield, NJ) first place finish in the 100 butterfly. Glenn extended his lead in each lap of the race, finishing with a time of 47.69, an NCAA 'B' cut. Strausser also swam in the championship final, grabbing third place honors with a time of 48.92.
Four Bears swam in the finals of the 200 freestyle, with Glenn performing an impressive double to take the top honors in that event as well. His time of 1:37.29 was another NCAA 'B' cut, and the second fastest time in Brown swimming history. Freshman Edward Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia) grabbed the 11th spot, clocking a 1:41.32, ranking him 19th on the list of top 25 performers to swim at Brown, and classmate Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) touched right behind him, finishing in 1:41.51, ranking him 22nd. Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) swam in the consolation final for the Bears, finishing in a tie for 19th with a time of 1:41.98.
Mike McVicker claimed the Bears' top finish in the men's 100 breaststroke, touching in 56.87. Freshmen Christopher Meyers (Makawao, HI) and Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) claimed the first two spots in the bonus final with times of 57.23 and 57.62 respectively, good for 10th and 13th all-time at Brown.
In the evening's final individual event, the 100 backstroke, Pascal snatched a fourth place finish with a time of 50.66. Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) took the third spot in the consolation final with a time of 51.96, finishing eleventh overall, and McVicker tied for 14th with a time of 52.23. Slater and Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) competed in the bonus final for the Bears.
On the boards, freshman Sazzy Gourley (Hudson, OH) scored a 258.40 to take eighth place honors in the 3 meter diving event, while classmate William Rosenberg (Indianapolis, IN) finished in 12th place with a score of 255.45 and William Holder (Champaign, IL) grabbed the 15th spot with a 228.85.
In the final event of the evening, the quartet of Mayfield, Zhao, Glenn and Barr swam to a fourth place finish in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:44.11. The Bears' 'B' squad finished in 10th, capping off a successful night for the men's team.
Moving into tomorrow's preliminary session, Princeton leads the pack with 704 points, Dartmouth sits in second with 548 points and the United States Military Academy rounds out the top three with 533.5 points. Brown is in fourth with 345.5 points, followed by Columbia (349.5) and Rider (173.5). Sunday morning's swimming and diving will begin at 10am, with finals set to start at 5pm. 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.