February 2, 2013

Brown Beats Cornell On Senior Day, 178.50-121.50

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown men's swimming and diving team (6-4, 2-4 Ivy League) earned a commanding, 178.50-121.50 victory over the Big Red of Cornell (1-7, 0-7 Ivy League) this afternoon in an Ivy League meet held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Prior to the start of the team's last home competition of the season, the Bears took the time to honor the contributions and accomplishments of John Hug (Weatogue, CT), Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ), Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) and Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD), the four members of the class of 2013.

Brown opened the afternoon's action with a win, as the squad of Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), McVicker, Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) and Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) combined for a time of 1:31.83 to take the top spot in the 200 medley relay. Freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) turned in a second place performance in the next event, clocking a time of 9:31.42 in the 1000 freestyle, and Glenn earned the Bears' first individual win of the day, taking the top spot in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.67.

The Bears gathered big points in the next two events, with Pascal and Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) taking first and third in the 100 backstroke and McVicker and Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) doing the same in the 100 breaststroke. Pascal stopped the clock at 50.20, a season-best time, while Hunter touched just a second later at 51.25. In the latter event, McVicker just out-touched the runner-up with a time of 56.52, while Mercurio snuck into the third spot with a season-best time of 57.08.

Glenn grabbed his second title of the day in the 200 butterfly, cruising to a time of 1:48.26, threeseconds ahead of his closest competitor, while Strausser continued the Bears' winning streak, stopping the clock at 20.26 to earn a commanding victory in the 50 freestyle.

Action on the boards commenced with the 1-meter event, and freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) was Brown's top finisher, compiling a score of 284.41 to grab third place. Gourley extended his impressive performances to the 3-meter event as well, taking runner-up honors with a score of 255.30. Classmate William Holder (Champaign, IL) claimed third in that event, turning in a score of 254.78.

Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) won an incredibly close race in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 46.69, just three one-hundredths ahead of Johnson who tied with Cornell's top swimmer for the second spot. Hunter earned the win in the 200 backstroke, racing to a time of 1:50.24, while Mercurio and McVicker finished first and third respectively in the 200 breaststroke, turning in times of 2:02.35 and 2:04.94. Mercurio's swim was the freshman's second season-best clocking of the afternoon.

Brown swept the top three places in the 500 freestyle, led by Mayfield in a time of 4:37.93. Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) grabbed the second spot in a season-best time of 4:40.21, just out-touching teammate Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ). The sophomore took the third spot with a time of 4:40.29. Strausser earned another victory in the 100 butterfly, gliding into first with a time of 48.83, while McVicker became the Bears' third double-winner, swimming a time of 1:51.97 to triumph in the 200 IM.

The meet ended as it started, with a Brown win in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Johnson, Strausser, Pascal and Glenn combined for a time of 3:05.17, blowing away the 'A' squad from Cornell and capping off the 178.50-121.50 win for the Bears.

Brown concludes its dual meet season next weekend when the team travels to New Haven, Connecticut for an Ivy League meet against the Yale Bulldogs. Swimming and diving are set to begin at 1:00pm.