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Dartmouth Has Solid Night to Open Dartmouth Invitational

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The Big Green swimming and diving team opened action at the Dartmouth Invitational on...     By Dartmouth

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams opened action at the third annual Dartmouth Invitational on Friday (Jan. 25). The Big Green posted six victories and set four new Upper Valley Aquatic center pool records on the first day of action.

The Big Green are leading the two-day event on both the men and women's side. The men have 362 points and the women have 346 points.

Dartmouth opened the meet strong with solid outings from both the men and women in the 200 free relays. The men's team won the relay with a time of 1:24.33, a second ahead of UMass, which took second place with a time of 1:25.56. On the women's side, the Big Green earned runner up status with a time of 1:38.27.

The Big Green dominated the distance events and took first and second-place honors on the men's side. In the 500 free, freshman Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) took the title with a time of 4:36.63 while classmate Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.) earned runner up honors with a time of 4:37.90. Olivia Samson (Clifton, N.Y.) was the top finisher on the women's side with a time of 5:00.56. Mika Spencer from BU set a new pool record with a time of 4:58.48.

 Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) continued his dominance in the 200 IM by setting a new Upper Valley Aquatic Center record with a time of 1:50.68. Joseph Chance (Lafayette, La.) took third with a time of 1:56.98.

In the sprint events, the Big Green swept the competition, claiming the top spot on both the men and women's side. Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) took the top spot on the women's side with a time of 23.87. For the men, Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) finished 1-2. Derdeyn claimed top honors with a time of 20.64 and Doherty took runner up honors with a time of 21.22.  

To close the meet, the Big Green dominated the 400 medley relays, earning new pool records on both the men and women's sides. The men's team took the top two spots. The quartet of James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa), Zupan, Derdeyn and Doherty took the top spot with a time of 3:23.61 while teammates Aaron Athanas (Beverly, Mass.), Jay Schulte (Anchorage, Alaska), Andrew North (Omaha, Neb.) and Ian Woon (Boulder, Colo.) took second place with a time of 3:27.02.

The women's quartet of Nangle, Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.), Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.) and Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) took first place with a time of 3:53.19.

The Dartmouth Invitational continues on Saturday. The swimming portion gets underway at 9 a.m. at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center and diving will begin at 10 a.m. at Karl Michael Pool on the Dartmouth campus.