March 7, 2013

Two Brown School Records Fall on First Day of Ivy League Championships

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – At the conclusion of day one of the 2013 Men's Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championships, held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, the Brown men's swimming and diving team sits in eighth place with 117 points. Over the course of six events, the squad accumulated two school record, three top eight finishes and 15 best times, leaving the Bears' primed for two more stellar days of swimming.

In the first event of the evening's competition, the 200 freestyle relay, the Bears raced to a fifth place finish and a new Brown school record. The squad of sophomore Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA), sophomore Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) and junior Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) combined for a time of 1:20.81, just six one-hundredths faster than the old record, set by Dan Ricketts, Tucker Wetmore, Trent Huxley and Ben Zlotoff in 2009.

From there, action moved into the first individual event of the meet, the 500 freestyle. The Bears produced a few impressive swims in the event, highlighted by freshman Cory Mayfield's (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) school record-breaking time of 4:24.49. Mayfield shattered the old mark of 4:25.67, set by Jeff Miksis in 2000, on his way to a sixth-place finish, while also achieving the NCAA 'B' cut in the event.

Sophomore Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) competed in the bonus finals of the event, finishing 23rd with a time of 4:31.49. The swim was just slightly slower than his morning performance, where his season-best time of 4:31.22 made him the 12th fastest performer in Brown swimming history. Freshman Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY) also competed in the event, posting a season-best time of 4:32.91 in the morning preliminaries to earn the 17th spot on Brown's list of all-time top 25 performers.

Evening competition in the 200 individual medley featured just one Brown swimmer, as senior co-captain Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) battled through an impressive race in the bonus final to take the 17th spot with a season-best time of 1:49.95. Three Bears also competed in the event during the morning session, each finishing with a season-best time. Senior co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) swam a time of 1:51.23, freshman Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI) clocked in at 1:51.87 and freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) stopped the clock at 1:54.89. Both Slater and Meyers earned spots on the all-time top 25 performers list with their swims, falling into the eighth and 13th spots respectively.

Strausser competed in the championship final of the 50 free for the Bears, earning an eighth place medal with a time of 20.43. His morning time of 20.15 was a season-best time, an NCAA 'B' cut and makes him the third fastest performer in Brown swimming history.  Seven additional swimmers represented Brown in the morning heats, all turning in season-best times. Diamond led the way with a 20.81, Pascal clocked in at 20.96, senior Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) touched the wall at 21.00, junior Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) was just behind him in 21.04, freshman Matthew Luminais (Haverford, PA) swam a time of 21.37, freshman Marcel Betschart (Otelfingen, Switzerland) touched in 21.64 and freshman Alexander Treil (Needham, MA) turned in a time of 22.02.

Three of Brown's divers competed in the 1-meter event, contested this afternoon, with freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC) turning in the top performance of the trio. He finished 17th with a score of 255.60, while freshman William Holder (Champaign, IL) produced a score of 229.65 to finish 23th for the Bears. Sophomore William Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH) took 24th, earning a score of 227.90.

After six events, Harvard tops the team standings with 467 points, followed by Princeton with 423 and Columbia with 301. Yale is right on the Lions' heels with 295 points, while Dartmouth sits just ahead of Penn with 219. The Quakers have accumulated 201 points, edging both Cornell and Brown who have 165 and 117 points, respectively.

Championship action will begin again tomorrow morning with the preliminary session at 11:00am. Live results are available online and through the Meet Mobile app. Finals will begin at 6:00pm, with the Ivy League providing live video through its website. Links to all three modes of following the meet can be found on the men's swimming and diving schedule page.