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Big Green Sweep Cornell, Fall to Harvard in Opener

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The Big Green earned sweeps of Cornell in the 2012-13 season-opener on Satuday in Ithaca,...     By Mark Washburn

ITHACA, N.Y. - The Dartmouth men's and women's swimming and diving programs opened the 2012-13 season with sweeps of Cornell and close meets against Harvard. The women defeated Cornell for the third consecutive season, 157-143 while the men won a nail biter, 152-148, against the host Big Red, earning a victory for the second consecutive season.

The meet featured solid performances from both the men and women. On the men's side Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) picked up two first place performances in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:01.26 and the 200 IM crossing the finish line with a time of 1:40.26, nearly four seconds ahead of Cornell's Eric May.

Dartmouth was boosted on both sides in the sprint freestyle events. Captain Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) took first place in the 50 free with a time of 21:21 outpacing Cornell's Chris Myers by .17 seconds. On the women's side Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) and Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) took second and third with times of 52.34 and 52.48, respectively. One June Chang (Great Neck, N.Y.) took third in the 100 free with a time of 47.32.

In the distance events, Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) both took took third place with times of 5.03.34) and 4:37.75, respectively. In the 200 IM Rebecca Butler (West Orange, N.J.) took runner-up honors with a time of 2:09.74.

The Big Green divers also had a good outing. Freshman Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada), who competed at the 2012 Canadian Olympic trials, took second in the 1-meter with a score of 293.50, behind Harvard's Mike Mosca, who claimed the 1-meter at the last season's Ivy League championship.  For the women, Kendall MacRae (Sherborn, Mass.) took third in the 1-meter with a score of 235.80, just 10 points out of first place.

Dartmouth's backstroke corps was led by a second-place finish from Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.) in the 200 back. She crossed the finish line with a time of 2:05.99 while Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) led the group in the 100 back with a time of 57.33, just .90 seconds out of second place. On the men's side, freshman James Verhagen (Radenberg, South Africa) was third crossing with a time of 51.94.

Both squads had great outings in the 400-medley relay. The women's quartet of Kamai, Hengenmuhle, Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) set a new pool record with a time of 3:28.96 while the men's team was second with a time of 3:07.38.

The Big Green women are next in the pool after exams hosting Vermont on Nov. 28 in the first meet of the season at Karl Michael Pool. The meet is a scheduled 6 p.m. start. The teams will next compete together at the Brown Invitational Nov. 30-Dec.2.