[HMSD] 2 Big Weekends at Blodgett

Tim D. Murphy tdmurphy at fas.harvard.edu
Sun Feb 5 19:35:17 EST 2006

**2 Big weekends for Men's Swimming and Diving

Mark Knepley 
contributed to four wins to lead Harvard to a 194-104 win Jan. 27 
against Brown and earning Knepley selection as the ECAC Swimmer of the 
Week. It was the third straight week of competition that a Crimson 
swimmer has captured the honor. Knepley won the 200-yard freestyle in 
1:42.02 and the 100 free in 46.43 and helped Harvard win the 200 medley 
and 200 free relays. Fellow senior Danil Rybalko 
won both diving events and was named the ECAC Diver of the Week for his 
second straight week of action. He put up 347.88 points in the one-meter 
and 383.85 in the three-meter. David Cromwell 
Geoff Rathgeber 
and Eric Lynch 
won two events apiece against the Bears, and Sam Wollner 
and Nick Cirella 
each won once.


*Day 1-*Harvard won eight of 10 events and hit three NCAA "B" cuts to 
build a 99-87 lead on Princeton and a 131-55 lead against Yale after the 
first day of the HYP meet at Blodgett Pool.* *The Crimson got off to a 
good start, with the team of David Cromwell 
Geoff Rathgeber 
Pat Quinn 
and Mark Knepley 
winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:20.93, just 0.11 
seconds off the NCAA "B" cut. Freshman David Guernsey 
took the first individual event of the meet, winning the 200 free in 
1:39.65, making the cut for U.S. Senior Nationals. Cromwell added an 
individual win in the 100 backstroke by 0.95 seconds in a provisional 
NCAA qualifying time of 47.90. Bill Cocks 
made it four Harvard wins in four events and two straight victories by 
Crimson captains, taking the 100 breaststroke in 56.83. Princeton, which 
placed second and third in most of the early events, captured its first 
win in the 200 butterfly with Meir Hasbani touching first. Bill Jones 
qualified for U.S. Senior Nationals with a second-place time of 1:49.45. 
The Tigers also took the 50 free, as Pat Quinn 
placed third in 20.80 to pace three Crimson swimmers in the top five. 
 Rathgeber got Harvard back in the win column with an NCAA provisional 
time of 1:47.78 to take the 200 individual medley, but the Tigers gained 
valuable points by taking the second through sixth spots. Senior Danil 
who has been named ECAC Diver of the Week in each of Harvard's last two 
weeks of action took the one-meter with 332.90. Freshman Eric Lynch 
followed with a win in the 1,650 free, making the "B" cut with a time of 
15:28.00. Harvard finished the night the way it started it-with a relay 
win. Cromwell, Cocks, Jones and Guernsey teamed up to win the 400 medley 
relay in a Senior National qualifying time of 3:18.59.

*Day 2-** * David Cromwell 
set a new Blodgett Pool record in the 200-yard backstroke and was one of 
four Harvard swimmers to contribute to two wins as the Crimson took six 
of the nine events on the final day of the annual HYP meet to defeat 
Princeton, 193-160, and Yale, 248-105. Princeton beat Yale, 254-109, to 
earn a split. It was the Crimson's second straight sweep of the meet and 
gives Harvard the chance to clinch a share of the Eastern 
Intercollegiate Swimming League dual meet title. If Harvard (6-1, 5-1 
EISL) defeats Penn (8-6, 2-5 EISL) next Saturday at home, a meet between 
Columbia (7-2, 5-1 EISL) and Princeton (5-3, 4-1 EISL) will decide who 
ties the Crimson for the dual championship."It was a great win," said 
Cromwell. "It's the first really big league meet for a lot of our guys, 
and little matters up until this point unless you perform here."
"We're really happy, but in terms of the rest of the season, we have 
three and a half big weeks left that we're really excited about too," he 
added. Sophomores Geoff Rathgeber 
and Pat Quinn 
and freshman Bill Jones 
each helped Harvard to two wins. Quinn added a crucial second-place 
finish, while Danil Rybalko 
and Eric Lynch 
added their second individual wins of the weekend.
"Our ability to win races made the difference," said Cromwell, 
co-captain of a team that claimed victory in 14 of the weekend's 19 
events, but had to fight hard to hold off a deep Princeton team that 
consistently bunched its finishers right behind the Crimson winners to 
rack up points and stay close. "This meets all about the rivalry, and no 
matter what kind of layoff you've had or how hard you've been working, 
you have to swim fast."  Cromwell's time of 1:44.93 in the 200 back 
earned him a coveted spot on the Blodgett Pool record board, topping 
Brown's Charles Barnes' 1999 time of 1:45.30. It came after the senior 
opened the day by swimming the first leg of the 200 medley relay. 
Rathgeber, Jones and Quinn finished out the race as Harvard won in an 
NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:29.00. Princeton's Meir Hasbani 
recorded his second win of the meet in the 400 individual medley, the 
second event of Saturday's session. Rathgeber placed second in a U.S. 
Senior Nationals qualifying time of 3:54.52. It was another race that 
Harvard didn't win that Cromwell called the meets pivotal event. Yale's 
Alex Righi won the 100 free, but Quinn placed second in 45.20 to edge 
Princeton's top swimmer and gain nine valuable points against the 
Tigers. Lynch and Rybalko completed their weekend sweeps of the distance 
and diving events, respectively. Lynch took the 500 free in 4:29.62, 
while Rybalko won the three-meter diving with 313.35 points. Sophomore 
Sam Wollner 
was second to Lynch in the 500 free, and Jones placed second in the 100 
fly. Rathgeber won the final individual event, the 200 breaststroke, in 
2:02.89, hitting another Senior Nationals cut and giving Harvard some 
breathing room heading into the final relay, the 400 free. The Crimson 
team of Quinn, freshman David Guernsey 
Jones and senior Mark Knepley 
took care of business in that race in 3:01.82, a Nationals qualifying 
mark. Harvard now leads the all-time series with Princeton, 35-32, and 
has won 14 straight meets against Yale.*
Coming Attractions/_*
The Crimson wraps up its dual meet schedule Feb. 11 when it hosts Penn 
at noon.
ECAC Championships at the U of Pittsburgh Feb 24-26
EISL Championships at East Meadow Long Island March 2-4.
NCAAs at Georgia Tech March 23-25

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