Brown Grabs Big Ivy League Win Over Penn, 171-129
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown men's swimming and diving team (4-3, 1-3 Ivy League) earned a 171-129 triumph over Ivy League foe Penn on Saturday in a dual meet held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The win, the Bears' first over the Quakers since January 5, 2008, gives them their first league victory of the season and lifts their overall record to 4-3. Brown grabbed the top spot in seven of the 14 individual events contested, while also racing to victory in both relay events, but it was the squad's depth that secured the win for Bruno.
The Bears set the tone of the meet early, earning first and third place in the 200 medley relay, with the team of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY), Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) and Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) swimming a time of 1:32.13 to grab the first event of the day. The Quakers fought back, earning the top spot in the 1650 freestyle, but freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) secured second place points with a time of 15:59.30 and senior John Hug (Weatogue, CT) took fourth place, finishing the race in 16:51.27.
Glenn grabbed his first of three individual wins in the 200 freestyle, crushing the runner-up from Penn with a time of 1:40.59, while freshman Edward Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia) held on for fifth place in 1:43.37. The Bears grabbed the middle spots in the next two events, earning crucial points, with Pascal leading the way in the 100 backstroke, finishing second in 51.86, followed by Paul Hunter (Andover, MA - 53.00) in third and Adam Voss (Muncie, IN - 53.12) in fourth. In the 100 breaststroke, McVicker claimed runner-up honors with a 57.31, while freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) swam to a third place finish in 58.42.
Brown built its lead heading into the first diving break, as Glenn grabbed his second victory of the day, leading the Bears' sweep of the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.04. Sophomore Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) swam a second place time of 1:54.24, while Mayfield clocked in at 1:55.66 for third. Strausser followed up this dominating performance with a second place finish in the hotly contested 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 21.17, while Pascal grabbed fourth place points with a time of 21.41.
Freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) and sophomore Billy Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH) dominated the boards against the Quakers, earning the top two spots in both 1-meter and 3-meter, while Will Holder (Champaign, IL) grabbed fourth place in both events. Gourley accumulated 294.10 points on 3-meter and 282.30 points on 1-meter, while Rosenberg dove to 274.00 points in the first event of the afternoon and 274.10 in the second. All four of the their performances led to season-best scores.
When swimming resumed, Glenn grabbed his third title of the day, taking the 100 freestyle in a time of 45.52, while Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) snuck into the fourth spot with a 47.19. The Bears took second place in the next two events, with Hunter touching the wall in 1:52.71 in the 200 backstroke and Mercurio racing to a 2:04.57, good for runner-up honors in the 200 breaststroke.
Mayfield barely missed out on the top spot in the 500 freestyle, finishing just 34 one-hundredths behind Penn's Chris Swanson in a time of 4:34.33 before Strausser raced to victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.90.
Co-captains McVicker and Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) earned first and third in the 200 IM, the final individual event of the day, clocking in at 1:53.29 and 1:55.15 respectively. The Bears followed this up with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, as the team of Johnson, Strausser, Hunter and Barr swam a time of 3:07.20 to secure the win for Brown.
After earning its first Ivy League win of the season, Brown will embark upon a busy week of competition, heading to Bryant on Thursday, January 24 for a 5:00pm meet before traveling to New York City to take on Columbia at 4:00pm on Saturday, January 26.