February 23, 2007

Brown Still in Seventh After Day Two of EISL Championship

Feb. 23, 2007

Princeton, NJ - With two-thirds of the EISL Championships in the books, the Brown men's swimming and diving team kept its standing in seventh place, bringing its two-day point total to 441. The Bears' best showing came in the day's first final, the 200-yard medley relay, with four individual top-ten finishes being won by team members later in the day.

Princeton took a commanding lead at the event with 916 points, 120.5 ahead of second-place Harvard. Cornell, Columbia, and Yale occupy places three through five, with Navy in sixth with 556 1/2 points. Penn is in eighth, just 26.5 points behind Brown. Dartmouth is in last with under 200 points.

The team of junior Kevin Hug (Tampa, FL), senior Michael O'Mara (Reno, NV), sophomore Daniel Ricketts (Baltimore, MD) and junior anchor Brian Kelly (Weston, MA) posted a time of 1:31.68 in the finals of the 200-yard medley relay, finishing fourth. Junior Peter Volosin (Roanoke, VA) followed that with a time of 9:15.52 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, good for sixth place.

Two events later, Ricketts came back and took ninth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.31. Ricketts and Hug later got the Bears' final top-tens of the day, finishing in sixth (50.27 seconds) and eighth (50.72), respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke. The Bears finished the day with a seventh-place showing in the 800-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Ricketts, sophomore Richard Alexander (Victoria, BC), Volosin and O'Mara posting a time of 6:47.09 in the final.

Saturday will be the final day of competition, with finals in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 3-meter diving, and 400-yard freestyle relay.