[HMSD] HMSD Eastern Championship Results *

Tim D. Murphy tdmurphy at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Feb 26 17:28:27 EST 2007

*Hello Friends of Harvard Swimming*
  Geoff Rathgeber helped lead the Men's team to a 2nd place finish at 
the EISL Championships.
The Men's team accomplished a number of impressive goals.
2  NCAA "A" Standards
9  NCAA "B" Standards
29  US National Standards
1 Harvard Team Record
Won 7 individual Events,  1 Relay
3 Pool Records and 1 EISL Record
45 Personal Best Times
Luke Sanders 1 Meter Diving Champion
High Point Winner Geoff Rathgeber
   While we did not accomplish our goal of a EISL Championship I'm very 
proud of the team's effort.
Below is a day by day edited version of the articles posted on 

Rathgeber, Sanders Claim EISL Titles; Harvard 2nd After Day 1
Geoff Rathgeber swam the second-fastest 200 IM in the nation this season 
in Thursday's finals
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Geoff Rathgeber swam the second-fastest 200 IM in the nation this season 
in Thursday's finals

*PRINCETON, N.J. --* Junior Geoff Rathgeber 
shattered his own school and league records in the 200-yard individual 
medley, and junior Lucas Sanders 
captured the league championship in one-meter diving as Harvard finished 
the first day of competition in second place at the Eastern 
Intercollegiate Swimming League championships Thursday at DeNunzio Pool. 
Princeton finished the first round of finals with the advantage as the 
Tigers scored 442 points in the evening session. Harvard holds second 
place with 353.5 points, followed by Cornell (304), Navy (266.5) and 
Columbia (266) to round out the top five. Rathgeber provided the meets 
top individual performance thus far as he cruised to his third straight 
league championship in the 200 IM. He touched the wall Thursday in 
1:44.67, bettering his own school, league and meet records of 1:46.11 
(set at last year's meet) and erasing the previous pool record of 
1:46.92, set by Tennessee's Andrew Thirlwell in 2006.
Sanders, meanwhile, was first in a 30-man field in one-meter diving as 
the junior scored 305.90 points to take a comfortable win as no other 
diver came within five points of the 300 mark. Harvard opened the meet 
by grabbing the second-place points in the 200 freestyle relay as the 
Crimson's quartet of Rathgeber, David Guernsey 
Bill Jones 
and Pat Quinn finished in 1:21.66, behind Cornell's winning time, but 
ahead of three other squads that all finished within two-tenths of a 
second of Harvard's group.Cornell swimmers took the top two places in 
the 500 freestyle, but Harvard emerged with the lead in the team 
standings after that event by virtue of two scorers in the championship 
final and two of the top three places in the consolation race. Sam 
and Eric Lynch 
both turned in provisional NCAA championship-qualifying times as Wollner 
took third in 4:24.19, and Lynch was fourth in 4:26.09. The next event, 
the 50 freestyle, saw Quinn and Guernsey deliver top-four finishes as 
Quinn took second in 20.43 seconds, while Guernsey was fourth in 20.49. 
After Sanders's win on the diving board, Harvard capped Thursday's 
action by taking second in the 400 medley relay. Rathgeber and Quinn 
joined Jason Degnan-Rojeski 
and Dan Jones 
to finish in an NCAA provisional time of 3:14.88. Cornell took first in 
a meet and pool record 3:13.61.

Crimson Remains In Second Through Day 2 of EISL Championships
Sam Wollner won the EISL title in the 1,000-yard freestyle Friday
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Sam Wollner won the EISL title in the 1,000-yard freestyle Friday

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Geoff Rathgeber claimed another pool record and hit 
another NCAA provisional qualifying time as Harvard remained in second 
place through the second day of competition at the Eastern 
Intercollegiate Swimming League championships Friday at DeNunzio Pool.
Rathgeber, who set meet and pool records in the 200 individual medley in 
Thursday's opening day of competition, followed that effort by taking 
first in the 400 IM Friday, swimming 3:47.59 to break the DeNunzio Pool 
record and win the event by nearly four seconds. The Crimson was dealt a 
setback in the first event of Friday's finals as Harvard was 
disqualified from the 200-yard medley relay while the Crimson was ahead 
in the race.
Harvard was able to make up some of the gap in the next event as junior 
Sam Wollner edged Princeton's top swimmer for first place in the 1,000 
freestyle, swimming 9:06.36. Eric Lynch claimed fourth in that event. 
while Alex Meyer and Mason Brunnick took seventh and eighth, respectively.
Harvard placed three swimmers in the championship final of the 100 
butterfly as Dan Jones took second place while Bill Jones was third and 
Pat Quinn sixth. Harvard's top finisher in the 200 freestyle was David 
Guernsey, who took the fifth-place points behind a pair of swimmers from 
Cornell and Columbia. The Crimson didn't have an entrant in the 
championship race off the 100 breaststroke, through Harvard had the top 
two places in the consolation final as Joc Christiana and Simone Melillo 
took ninth and 10th, respectively. Jason Degnan-Rojeski followed with a 
fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke. Harvard finished the meet by 
taking third in the 800 freestyle relay.

Rathgeber Named Most Outstanding Swimmer As Harvard Takes 2nd At EISL 
Geoff Rathgeber was named Most Outstanding Swimmer at the EISL 
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Geoff Rathgeber was named Most Outstanding Swimmer at the EISL 

*PRINCETON, N.J. -- *Junior Geoff Rathgeber picked up his third 
individual event win of the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League 
championships Saturday, earning Most Outstanding Swimmer honors, as 
Harvard placed second to Princeton in the team standings of the 
three-day event at DeNunzio Pool. Harvard had made a run at Princeton's 
point total early in Saturday's finals, but the Tigers, who won just one 
of the 21 events in the three days, used their depth to capture the EISL 
title for the second straight year. Princeton won the meet with 1,405 
points, while Harvard was second with 1,220.5. Yale took third with 
1,036 points, edging fourth-place Columbia, which had 1,031. Cornell, 
which won the EISL dual meet championship, was fifth in the championship 
meet with 963.5 points, followed by Navy (801.5), Brown (624), Penn 
(580.5) and Dartmouth (316).  Harvard, which entered the meet trailing 
Princeton by 120.5 points, was able to put a sizable dent into the 
Tigers' lead early as the Crimson rode a 1-2 finish from Sam Wollner and 
Eric Lynch in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Both swimmers hit provisional 
NCAA qualifying times as Wollner touched first in 15:15.37, and Lynch 
was a stroke off the pace in 15:15.56. Freshmen Alex Meyer and Mason 
Brunnick took the sixth and seventh places for Harvard, which closed to 
within 75.5 points of the Tigers after the event. The gap closed to 50.5 
points after Rathgeber swam away with his third pool record in the 200 
backstroke. He won the race by more than two seconds on the field, 
touching the wall in 1:43.54 to automatically qualify for the NCAA meet. 
That time broke the pool record of 1:44.20, held by former teammate 
David Cromwell '06. Senior Jason Degnan-Rojeski was fifth in the event, 
while no Princeton swimmers reached the championship final, allowing 
Harvard to get within striking distance of the team lead. Harvard's Pat 
Quinn and David Guernsey took third and fifth in the 100 freestyle, 
though Princeton also had two swimmers in the championship final to 
remain ahead of the Crimson. The Tigers were able to widen their lead in 
the 200 breaststroke, when Joc Christiana's solid sixth-place finish was 
offset by a fourth- and an eighth-place finish from Princeton swimmers. 
Princeton then had four of the top eight finishers in a fast 200 
butterfly, to gain even more distance between the field, despite a 
fifth-place showing from Dan Jones and a seventh-place effort from Bill 
Jones. Dan Jones's time of 1:47.64 was good for provisional NCAA 
championship consideration. The Crimson's Lucas Sanders, who had taken 
the EISL title in one-meter diving Thursday, was sixth on the 
three-meter board Saturday. Harvard closed the meet in fine fashion, 
upsetting Cornell's top-seeded quartet in the 400 freestyle relay. The 
Big Red, which had won all of the previous relays in the meet, and had 
the only group to break three minutes in qualifying, was 12-hundredths 
behind the Crimson heading into the final leg. But Rathgeber held off 
Cornell standout Mike Smit to touch in 2:57.23, provisionally qualifying 
the Crimson for the NCAA meet.
Rathgeber shared the Most Outstanding Swimmer award with Yale's Alex 
Righi. Smit, meanwhile, won the Harold Ulen Award as the meets 
top-scoring athlete during his career. Yale's Jeff Lichtenstein took 
home the Karl B. Michael Award as the meets top diver.

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