Bears Break Two More School Records; Wrap of 2008 EISL Championships in 6th.
March 9, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Brown men's swimming and diving team concluded its season with a sixth place finish at the 2008 EISL Swimming and Diving Championships. The Bears wrapped up the third day of competition with a total of 793 points. Harvard won the title with 1564 points, while Princeton was second with 1208, as the only two teams to break 1000 points. Yale took third place with 925, while Columbia was fourth with 913.5. Navy finished just ahead of Brown in fifth (869.5), while Cornell was just behind Brown in seventh (707.5). Penn (632) and Dartmouth (309) rounded out the field.
After breaking five record over the course of the first two days, the Bears broke two more for a total of seven new school records. Also highlighting the final day's performances was freshman Jonathan Speed (Jupiter, FL) taking home the 3 meter diving title with a total score of 333.95.
Brown opened the meet with senior Peter Volosin (Roanoke, VA) taking ninth in the 1650 free with a time of 15:30.98. Next up was the 200 back, which senior Kevin Hug (Tampa, FL) earned a time of 1:49.41 to finish in fifth. Freshman Ryunosuke Kikuchi (Temecula, CA) followed nine seconds later with a time of 1:49.50, good for sixth.
Brown also had two swimmers in the "A" final of the next event, the 100 free, as junior Daniel Ricketts (Baltimore, MD) took fourth and senior Brian Kelly (Weston, MA) finished in fifth. Kelly, who broke Brown's record last season with a time of 44.81 at the 2007 EISL Championships, actually broke his own record in the prelims with a time of 44.45. However, in the finals, Ricketts bested Kelly's prelim time with an NCAA "B" cut of 44.14. Kelly's time of 44.28, also an NCAA "B" cut time would have broken his record if not for Ricketts' 44.14.
Next up was the 3 meter dive, which was won by Speed. Sophomore CJ Kambe (Unionville, CT) placed 16th with a score of 248.65.
The Bears concluded the meet with a second place finish in the 400 free relay as the team of Hug, sophomore Trent Huxley (Bellevue, WA), Ricketts, and Kelly posted an NCAA "B" time of 2:57.82, breaking the 10-year-old Brown record of 2:59.19.