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Dartmouth Claims Third Annual Dartmouth Invitational Title

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Both the Big Green swimming and diving squds claimed victory in the third annual Darmtouth...     By Mark Washburn
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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams swept the third annual Dartmouth Invitational held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on Saturday (Jan. 26). The Big Green men posted 1109 points while the women posted 1007 points en route to their second consecutive sweep of the home invitational.

Boston University claimed runner-up honors on both sides. Over the course of the two-day event, the Big Green claimed 19 event titles and set seven Upper Valley Aquatic Center pool records.

The Dartmouth divers had a great weekend, highlighted by sophomore Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) taking both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles. Shelley took the 3-meter with a score of 284.80, ahead of Joshua Koppel from UMass, who took the runner-up spot with a score of 281.60. On the1-meter, Shelley scored the identical score en route to a win on the 1-meter board.  

For the women, Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) paced the Big Green. She took fourth on the 3-meter with a score of 245.90. Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass.) was fifth with a score of 245.70. Serpico was also fourth in the 1-meter with a score of 236.90. Feng took fifth with a score of 231.80 and Madison McClenney (The Woodlands, Texas) was sixth with a score of 226.85.

In the morning session, the Big Green extended their lead from the first day with four event titles in the morning session. The morning opened with the Big Green women taking third place in the 200-medley relay. The group of Valerie Orellana (Artleta, Calif.), Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.), Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.) and Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) crossed the finish line with a time of 1:49.70.

The men also claimed the 200-medley relay title. James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa), Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia), Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.) took the event with a time of 1:33.71.

The Big Green went 1-2 in the men's 100 fly with Zupan taking top honors with a time of 49.92 while senior co-captain Derdeyn took runner up honors with a time of 50.53. One June Chang (Great Neck, N.Y.) also earned a top-five finish. Taking fourth place with a time of 51.16. Farnham was the women's top finisher, taking third place with a time of 58.30.

Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) led the Big Green women in the 400 IM, crossing the finish line in third place with a time of 4:34.50. The men were equally as impressive, with freshman Logan Briggs (Issaquah, Wash.) earning the top spot with a time of 4:06.00 while Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.) took third place with a time of 4:09.30.  

In the 200 free, Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) claimed his second event title with a time of 1:42.08, just ahead of Andy Vazquez from Boston University. Classmate Aaron Athanas (Beverly, Mass.) was the next Dartmouth finisher, taking fourth place with a time of 1:44.11. For the women, Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) was the top finisher for the Big Green with a time of 1:55.29, good for fourth place.

Sophomore Jay Schulte (Anchorage, Alaska) earned runner-up honors in the 100 breast with a time of 59.15 while Williams paced the women with a time of 1:07.70, for a fifth-place finish.

Rookies, Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) and Verhagen, led the way in the 100 back. Nangle earned runner up honors with a time of 57.68, while Verhagen took fourth with a time of 51.34. Verhagen also won the 200-back with a time of 1:52.11 while Nangle took runner-up honors.

 In the afternoon session, Dartmouth continued to excel. Highlighting the afternoon session was a sweep of the 100 free. On the men's side the Big Green went 1-2-3-4-5 led by sophomore Ian Woon (Boulder, Colo.) with a time of 46.50. Doherty (46.63), Derdeyn (46.74), Chang (46.75) and Whitcomb (46.91) rounded out the top five.

Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) took the top spot on the women's side with a time of 51.52. Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.) took runner up honors with a time of 53.22.

Zupan claimed the 200-breast title with a time of 2:01.65 while Schulte took third place, touching the wall with a time of 2:07.20.

In the 1650 free Oh and Samson led the way. Oh claimed the men's title with a time of 15:59.91, nearly a minute ahead of the second-place finisher from Boston University. Samson earned runner-up honors with a time of 17:22.94 while Erin Henn (Lawrenceville, N.J.) took fourth with a time of 17:46.02.

The Big Green had a solid afternoon in the 200 fly. Farnham led the women's contingent taking third place with a time of 2:06.49. The next three finishers were also Dartmouth swimmers. Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) took fourth with a time of 2:06.95. Orellana and Maddie Wall (St. Louis, Mo.) finished in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Joe Chance (Lafayette, La.) was the top finisher for the men with a time of 1:55.47.

Dartmouth closed the meet by winning the 400 relay on both sides. The women's time of 3:30.12 was a new pool record.

Dartmouth is back in the water on Saturday (Feb. 2) when they take on UConn in non-conference action. The meet begins at 12 p.m. at Karl Michael Pool on the Dartmouth campus.

Final Standings

1. Dartmouth - 1109
2. Boston University - 716
3. UMass - 654
4. Boston College - 512
5. Connecticut College - 384
6. Maine - 143

1. Dartmouth - 1007
2. Boston University - 729
3. Northeastern - 706.0
4. UMass-516
5. Boston College - 246
6. Maine- 191
7. Connecticut College - 168