Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving Wins 12th Straight Dual Meet in Defeat of Columbia

TWO-BUCK CHUCK
Sarah P Reid

Shown here in previous action, freshman Chuck Katis set three pool records at Columbia Saturday in the Crimson men’s swimming and diving team’s 206-92 win over the Lions. After breaking an 18-year-old record in the 100-yard breaststroke, Katis proceeded to rewrite the Uris Pool recordbooks in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Harvard—which took second at last year’s Ivy championships—has not lost in its last 12 dual meets.

When the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team stepped out onto the Uris Pool deck in New York City on Saturday afternoon, it did so with the pressure of having not lost to an Ivy opponent in over two years.

It left with its streak intact, as the Crimson overtook Columbia (2-2, 1-2 Ivy), 206-92, winning 13 of the 16 events and taking a 1-2-3 finish in six races. This victory marks the 12th consecutive dual meet win for Harvard (3-0, 3-0 Ivy) and its 10th straight Ivy League win.

“I think [it] was a great meet,” freshman Mike Gaudiani said. “We had a lot of energy going into it, and it really showed. We had numerous fast swims, and the team just really kicked butt.”

Freshman Chuck Katis highlighted the meet, setting three pool records in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard individual medley.

The Crimson began the meet strongly, with a first-place finish in the three-meter dive by freshman Mike Mosca, who posted a score of 379.28 points.

The 200-yard medley relay team, composed of Katis, sophomores Jack Pretto and Chris Satterthwaite, and senior Niall Janney, came out on top with a time of 1:31.01—nearly two seconds faster than the Lions’ relay team.

“The 200 medley relay went pretty well,” Pretto said. “It’s nice to get up and compete with the relays and swim as fast as you can because there [are] not that many opportunities.”

Harvard followed up the relay’s performance with its first 1-2-3 finish in the 1000-yard freestyle.

Gaudiani led the Crimson with a time of 9:27.94, while freshmen Reed Snyder and John Bailey finished in second and third with times of 9:31.19 and 9:34.32, respectively. Sophomore Spenser Goodman continued the first-place streak in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:38.56 finish.

“Harvard has incredible depth in our distance program,” Gaudiani said. “And we all swam really fast today across the board, so I think that played a huge part in our success.”

In the 200-yard backstroke, Columbia freshman Omar Arafa claimed victory with a time of 50.20. Pretto, co-captain Rob Newell, and junior Ian Mirisola came in close behind with a 2-3-4 finish with times of 50.56, 50.87, and 52.87, respectively.

Katis then set his first pool record of the day in the 100-yard breaststroke at 55.18. The event was also another 1-2-3 finish for Harvard, as junior Owen Wurzbacher finished in 57.60 and sophomore Jason Ting in 58.19.

Freshman Kyle McIntee added another victory for the Crimson in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:48.72. Janney contributed second-place points with his finish at 1:51.08.

Satterthwaithe placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a personal best of 20.71. Sophomore Willy Brophy also posted his best time in the event, coming in third at 21.39.

Harvard took its third 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard freestyle with another first-place finish by Satterthwaite, who clocked in at 44.74. Goodman took second in the event with a personal best of 45.94 and sophomore Danny Crigler came in at 46.34.

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