PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown men's swimming and diving team had another solid day of swims at the Men's Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championships held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. With one day left to go, the Bears sit in seventh place with 404.5 points. In the eight events contested today, the squad accumulated one NCAA 'A' cut, three school records, four top eight finishes and eighteen best times.
In the first event of the evening's competition, the 200 medley relay, the Bears raced to a seventh place finish, breaking a Brown school record in the process. The squad of sophomore Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA), senior Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY), sophomore Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) and junior Oliver Diamond (Salt Lake City, UT) combined for a time of 1:29.81, surpassing the previous mark of 1:30.59 that was established at last year's Ivy League meet.
Freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) was the Bears' lone representative in the 1000 freestyle, competing in the final heat and racing to a season-best time of 9:15.06, good for 14th place. The swim also makes him the third fastest performer in Brown swimming history.
Senior co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD) competed in the morning preliminaries of the 400 IM, turning in a season-best time of 4:01.70.
The results of the 100 butterfly had the Brown contingent on its feet, as junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) successfully defended his title in the event with a winning time of 45.80. The swim broke both the pool record of 46.86 that he set in this morning's preliminary heats, as well as the school record that he set last year. Perhaps most impressively, Glenn achieved the NCAA 'A' cut, guaranteeing him a spot in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championship meet. Currently, his time in the 100 butterfly ranks him third in the country.
Strausser also competed in the championship final of the event, finishing seventh with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 48.26, just slightly slower than the season-best time of 47.98 that he swam in prelims. Three Bears raced in the bonus final of the event, led by senior Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ) who took 18th with a time of 50.16, just off the season-best 49.84 that he turned in during the morning session. Junior Adam Voss (Muncie, IN) finished 19th with a season-best time of 50.23, while freshman Alexander Treil (Needham, MA) took the 24th spot with a season-best swim of 51.01. Both earned a spot on Brown's list of top 25 all-time performers, with Voss taking the 17th slot and Treil the 24th.
Glenn swam a tough double, competing in the championship final of the 200 freestyle less than 20 minutes after his winning performance in the butterfly, taking eighth place in the event with a time of 1:40.49. Three Bears competed in the bonus final of the event as well. Sophomore Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) raced to 18th with a season-best time of 1:39.32, making him the seventh fastest performer in Brown swimming history. He was joined by freshman Ryan Saenger (Clarence, NY), who took 22nd with a season-best swim of 1:40.64, and Diamond, who swam to 24th with a 1:41.57, just off of his season-best time of 1:41.39 from the morning session. Both moved onto the list of all-time top 25 performers, earning the 14th and 20th spots, respectively. Additionally, freshman Matthew Luminais (Haverford, PA) raced to a season-best time of 1:44.11 in the morning heats of the event.
Brown had three swimmers score in the 100 breaststroke, led by McVicker and freshman Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI) in the consolation heat. McVicker raced to 10th place with a season-best time of 55.60, while Meyers finished 12th with a 56.10, just four one-hundredths off his season-best swim from the morning session. The swim makes him Brown's third fastest performer ever in the event. Freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) competed in the bonus final, clocking in at 56.77 to take 19th in the event. His morning swim of 56.69 ranks him seventh all-time at Brown.
In the final individual event of the night, the 100 backstroke, Pascal won the consolation final for the Bears, stopping the clock at 49.17, a season-best time. The swim makes him the second fastest performer in Brown history. Sophomore Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) also competed in the consolation final, taking 15th with a time of 50.72. He clocked in at a season-best 50.06 in prelims, seventh all-time at Brown. Voss rounded out the scorers for the Bears, clocking in at a season-best 50.79 to take 18th. The swim makes him the 14th fastest performer in Brown history. Freshman Marcel Betschart (Otelfingen, Switzerland) also competed for Brown, turning in a season-best time of 52.19 in the morning session.
In the final event of the second day of competition, the 800 freestyle relay, the squad of Barr, Glenn, Mayfield and Saenger raced to a fifth place finish, stopping the clock at 6:38.02, less than two tenths off the Brown school record set in 2002.
After fourteen events, Princeton tops the team standings with 972 points, followed by Harvard with 949 and Columbia with 756. Yale is just behind the Lions with 719.5 points, while Dartmouth sits just ahead of Penn with 534. The Quakers have accumulated 478 points, slightly ahead of Brown and Cornell who have 404.5 and 331 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.