BRIEF: Men's Diving Posts Four Top-10 Finishes in Hawaii

Hawaiian Diving
The Harvard men's diving team, shown above in previous action against Bryant, kicked off 2016 competition in Hawaii this weekend. The team saw four divers finish in the top-10 of their respective events.

The Harvard men’s swimming and diving squad put forth four top-10 finishes on Thursday and Friday at the Wally Nakamoto Hawaii Diving Invitational in Honolulu. Competing against the likes of Columbia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Hawaii in an event hosted by the Rainbow Warriors, freshman Luke Martinez and sophomore David Pfeifer led the way on the diving side for the Crimson in the one-meter and three-meter springboard events.

Both springboard events featured the same top-three finishers, with Hawaii senior Amund Gismervik and freshman Johan Sandell placing first and second in each contest, respectively, while Columbia sophomore Jayden Pantel took home both bronze medals.

In the one-meter springboard, Gismervik’s mark of 349.00 paced the field. Martinez posted the top mark in the event for Harvard for the second consecutive meet with his eighth place, 262.65-point showing, while Pfeifer and fellow sophomore Bobby Ross were both within 15 points of the freshman en route to their respective ninth and 11th place finishes. Rounding out the lineup for Harvard, junior Manasseh Oso placed 15th in the contest.

Looking to build on his fourth place result in the three-meter springboard at the UGA Invitational in December, Pfeifer continued to roll in the event. The Merrimack, N.H. native also placed fourth on Friday with a mark of 354.90 and finished just shy of fellow Ivy League competitor Pantel’s score of 359.05. Ross was again not far behind his classmate, as his 304.20-point performance was good enough for sixth. Oso and Martinez finished 12th and 14th, respectively, in the 14-man field.


Crimson divers did not compete in the platform event, which was also won by Hawaii’s Gismervik with a score of 391.00. Columbia’s Pantel was able to edge out Hawaii’s Sandell by a mere three points for the silver. Pantel was the only such athlete to best either of the Rainbow Warriors’ top two male finishers at the meet.


—Staff writer Jackson M. Reynolds can be reached at jacksonreynolds@college.harvard.edu

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