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Harvard Swims to Title No. 19
Created: 3/5/2005 9:45:34 PM
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When the wake had settled over Blodgett Pool it was once again Harvard that stood atop the rankings at the EISL Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with 1,460 points. The Crimson claimed its 19th EISL crown and 11th of the last 14 years. Harvard is also the Ivy League Champion with the victory. Harvard entered the evening with a 39-point lead on Princeton which it pushed to 96.5 points. The Tigers, last year's Champion, finished in second with 1,363.5 points. Third-place belonged to Columbia with 1,040.5 points and fourth was Yale with 872 points. Cornell finished in fifth with 820 points, followed by Penn (711.5), Brown (689.5), Navy (686) and Dartmouth (418).

Harvard turned to a trusted commodity in the first event of the final night. Senior John Cole took to the pool having already won two events in the Championships, the 500-yard Freestyle and the 1,000-yard Freestyle. The 1,650-yard Freestyle proved to be more of the same. Cole cruised to victory, with a solid showing of support from all schools in attendance, winning in a meet-record time of 14:58.35. Cole had previously held the meet record from 2001, which he lowered by .61 seconds. The gold medal clinched the Philip Moriarty Award for Cole as the Swimmer of the Meet and high point scorer. It was just another trophy for the record setting senior. Cole has won all three events, all four years he has swam for the Crimson. No other student-athlete in League history has been a four-time winner in any of the three events. Cole also earned the Harold Ulen Award as career high point student-athlete. With the victory, the Crimson extended its lead over Princeton by a point to 40, 1023-983.

In the 200-yard Backstroke Cornell senior Stefano Caprara was seeded in lane four having turned out the fastest time in the preliminaries. Caprara though was flanked on both sides by Harvard swimmers. Crimson junior David Cromwell to his left in lane three and freshman Geoff Rathgeber to his right in lane five. It was Cromwell that turned first at the 100-yard mark with a 51.29 split before extending his lead to a half-body-length. Caprara charged in the last 50 but Cromwell fought off the challenge to claim victory in 1:45.71. Caprara was second in 1:46.40. With three Harvard swimmers in the final, to Princeton's two, the Crimson extended their lead to 81 points, 1124-1043.

Princeton junior Will Reinhardt was the top seed in the 100-yard Freestyle. The California native won the 100-yard Freestyle on Thursday in a time of 20.30. Other top seeds included Cornell sophomore Mike Smit and Harvard junior Mark Knepley. At the 50-yard turn, it was Reinhardt narrowly in the lead with a split of 21.55. As the race approached the wall, Reinhardt's senior teammate Justin Chiles as well as Smit both made runs for the wall. Ultimately Reinhardt touched first in 45.02, narrowly beating out Columbia sophomore Tobin White's 45.08. Chiles finished in third at 45.25. With two finishers in the top three, the Tigers narrowed the Harvard lead to 66.5 points, 1194-1127.5. Columbia maintained its hold on third-place with 840.5 points. The Lions, led by White, clamped down on the third position from the start of Thursday night, holding off any challengers. Yale sat in fourth with 707 points and Cornell in fifth with 688 points.

The 200-yard Breaststroke started off as it had been seeded. Cornell sophomore Dave McKechnie, in lane four, led after 100-yards with a split of 57.66. Columbia sophomore Mike Nelson was McKechnie's closest competitor and made many attempts to steal the lead from the Big Red swimmer and nearly clipped him at the last moment. Brown senior Matt Del Mastro also challenged McKechnie for the lead. Still. McKechnie pulled out the victory in a time of 2:01.13. Nelson was second in 2:01.23 and Del Mastro was fourth at 2:04.73. Three Harvard swimmers in the championship final, to no Tigers, pushed the Crimson lead over Princeton to 113.5 points, 1268-1154.5. This margin was the largest by either team to this point in the three-day event.

In the consolation of the 200-yard Butterfly, Dartmouth junior John Reidy swam a strong race to overcame a fifth seeding to claim second in the heat with a time of 1:50.59. In the championship final, Harvard senior James Lawler dug deep to leave the competition in his wake. Princeton sophomore Meir Hasbani and Yale sophomore Ben Dzialo both pursued Lawler but he was able persevere and win by a wide margin at 1:45.98. Hasbani was second in 1:47.08, Penn junior Patrick Maloney was third in 1:48.22 and Dzialo was fourth in 1:49.55. Princeton was able to moderately shrink the Crimson lead to 100.5 points, 1342-1241.5. Maloney's efforts allowed Penn to leapfrog Brown into sixth place with 644.5 points, to the Bears' 628.5.

In the three-meter diving competition Navy sophomore Kevin Teague was heavily favored going into the final, he was seeded nearly 60 points higher than his nearest competitor. After the first round he was in second-place with 240.40 points. Harvard sophomore Danil Rybalko led the competition with 253.75 points. Rybalko nailed a 67.50-point dive on his second attempt to push out to a total score of 323.50, but Teague answered with a 66.00 of his own to keep the margin close. In third was Princeton sophomore Kent De Mond with 280.60 points. Teague's third dive scored an impressive 71 and pushed him in front of Rybalko, 377.8-352. Teague continued to build his score to a 48.30-point margin, 499.30-451.00, going into the final dive. Teague notched a 54.00 to win the gold medal in the three-meter diving and the Karl B. Michael Award as Diver of the Meet. Teague finished with a 553.30. Rybalko was second with a 508.80 and De Mond was third with 477.05. The team gap narrowed once again, to just 88.5 points, 1396-1307.5.

The final event of the EISL Men's Swimming and Diving Championships had all the aspects of a great story. Harvard, leading the entire Championship event, had won all four of the previous relays. The Crimson was seeded second in lane five while across the barrier in lane four was primary rival Princeton. Harvard and the Tigers had battled all weekend long. Princeton led after day one of swimming but Harvard charged back to take the lead in day two. Now, in the final event of the championships, with Harvard leading the team competition, the two teams met with more than just the race on the line. The fan cheering sections for each group welcomed the swimmers to the starting blocks with great enthusiasm. At the end of the first leg though it was Navy junior Joe Smutz in first at 44.74. Harvard freshman Quinn Fitzgerald closed the gap and pulled to the lead in the second leg at 1:30.18. The noise in Blodgett Pool climbed to a deafening level as Harvard senior Andy Krna touched first after the third leg at 2:14.71. Form there, senior James Lawler took over and left nothing in doubt. The Crimson won the fifth of five relay events in a time of 2:58.51 to secure the team title over Princeton by 96.5 points, 1460-1363.5.

2005 EISL Men's Swimming and Diving Championships

1,650-yard Freestyle
*1. John Cole, Harvard, 14:58.35
2. Dave Ashley, Princeton, 15:28.28
3. Henning Fog, Columbia, 15:30.85
4. Sam Wollner, Harvard, 15:34.08
5. Peter Volosin, Brown, 15:48.18
6. John Atkinson, Yale, 15:49.41
7. Ryan Dvorak, Princeton, 15:52.03
8. Stan Buncher, Princeton, 15:52.54

200-yard Backstroke

1. David Cromwell, Harvard, 1:45.71
2. Stefano Caprara, Cornell, 1:46.40
3. Geoff Rathgeber, Harvard, 1:47.00
4. Mike Zee, Princeton, 1:47.45
5. Kevin Mukri, Navy, 1:50.05
6. Luke Fitzpatrick, Columbia, 1:50.54
7. Alan Fishman, Princeton, 1:50.79
8. Jon Loch, Harvard, 1:51.32

100-yard Freestyle

1. Will Reinhardt, Princeton, 45.02
2. Tobin White, Columbia, 45.08
3. Justin Chiles, Princeton, 45.25
4. Mike Smit, Cornell, 45.33
5. Pat Quinn, Harvard, 45.34
6. Mike Linn, Navy, 45.53
7. Mark Knepley, Harvard, 45.56
8. Andy Krna, Harvard, 45.57

200-yard Breaststroke

1. Dave McKechnie, Cornell, 2:01.13
2. Mike Nelson, Columbia, 2:01.23
3. Bill Cocks, Harvard, 2:03.62
4. Matt Del Mastro, Brown, 2:04.73
5. Yuchi Zhang, Penn, 2:05.59
6. Joc Christiana, Harvard, 2:06.05
7. Alex Siroky, Harvard, 2:06.29
8. John McGrath, Columbia, 2:07.73

200-yard Butterfly

1. James Lawler, Harvard, 1:45.98
2. Meir Hasbani, Princeton, 1:47.08
3. Patrick Maloney, Penn, 1:48.22
4. Ben Dzialo, Yale, 1:49.55
5. Eric Brumberg, Brown, 1:49.1:49.59
6. Ryan Rimmele, Princeton, 1:49.89
7. Jason Degnan-Rojeski, Harvard, 1:49.97
8. Ben Collins, Columbia, 1:50.43

Three-meter Diving

1. Kevin Teague, Navy, 553.30
2. Danil Rybalko, Harvard, 508.80
3. Kent De Mond, Princeton, 477.05
4. Lucas Sanders, Harvard, 474.50
5. Justin Reardon, Columbia, 467.20
6. Stuart Malcolm, Princeton, 449.20
7. Zach Templin, Navy, 419.60
8. Evan Sparks, Dartmouth, 418.10

400-yard Freestyle Relay

1. Harvard, 2:58.51 (Cromwell, Quinn, Krna, Lawler)
2. Princeton, 2:59.86
3. Cornell, 3:00.51
4. Navy, 3:00.82
5. Brown, 3:02.11
6. Columbia, 3:02.47
7. Yale, 3:03.35
8. Penn, 3:04.78

Team Ranking
1. Harvard, 1460
2. Princeton, 1363.5
3. Columbia, 1040.5
4. Yale, 872
5. Cornell, 820
6. Penn, 711.5
7. Brown, 689.5
8. Navy, 686
9. Dartmouth, 418

* - Meet Record




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