Men's Swimming Finishes Sixth at Ivy League Championships
Princeton, N.J. - The men's swimming team just missed out on a jump in the final Ivy League Championships standings, settling for sixth place with 756 points on Saturday night at DeNunzio Pool. Princeton (1,523.5 points) won its fourth consecutive Ivy League title while Harvard (1,446 points) came in second.
Saturday's first official final was in the 1650 Freestyle. Junior Stephen Carroll, freshman Eric Vanden Noort and senior Cam Hood filled three of the top 11 spots in the race and Carroll beat his previous best time by over 12 seconds while finishing fourth with a time of 15:29.17, earning a NCAA 'B' cut in the process. Vanden Noort (15:37.61) came in ninth while Hood (15.42.38) finished 11th overall.
Two more freshmen, Dillon McHugh and Michael McElduff, earned bids into Saturday night's 'B' Final during the preliminary heats of the 200 Backstroke. With a time of 1:48.80 on Saturday night, McHugh finished 11th overall while McElduff came in 15th at 1:49.38.
One of the more anticipated events on Saturday night was the battle in the 200 breaststroke between Brendan McHugh, Princeton's Jonathan Christensen and Harvard's Chuck Katis. McHugh swam a time of 1:58.00 to come in fourth in the race while Christensen won with an Ivy League record of 1:55.96. McHugh still has races yet in the near future as his 100 and 200 Breaststroke times from earlier this season rank 10th and 16th in the nation, respectively. A bid to the NCAA Championships is all but assured.
Rhoads Worster continued to see a steep decline in his times at the tail end of his sophomore year. Competing in the 200 Butterfly, Worster set a personal best and finished fifth overall with a time of 1:47.05, making a NCAA 'B' cut.
On the 3-meter boards, Alex Marple closed out his Penn career on a high note, finding his way into the 'A' Final with a prelim score of 301.05 while Jeff Cragg went into the 'B' Final with a 287.20. The roles were reversed on Saturday night as Cragg racked up 313.15 points while Marple finished with 287.50, but Marple earned a seventh place finish for his performance while Cragg came in 10th. Cragg was presented with the Ron Keenhold Award at the conclusion of the meet, given to the outgoing senior who accumulated the most points for his team over his four-year career. Cragg scored 197 points at Ivy Championships in his career to earn the prestigious honor.
The final event of the Championships was the 400 Free Relay and the Quakers made sure to go out with a bang. The team of Alex Porter, Peter Amos, Brendan McHugh and Worster came in fifth but set a new Penn record with their time of 2:59.13.
1. Princeton -- 1,523.5
2. Harvard -- 1,446
3. Columbia -- 1,107.5
4. Yale -- 966.5
5. Dartmouth -- 764.5
6. Penn -- 756
7. Brown -- 596.5
8. Cornell -- 575.5