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Men's Swimming Closes Season Against Columbia

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Nejc Zupan won three individual event titles in Dartmouth's dual meet against Columbia.     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's swimming and diving team dropped a very close 163-135 meet to Columbia in the final dual meet of the season at Karl Michael Pool on Sunday (Feb. 10). The meet was the final home meet for the Class of 2013.

The Big Green won nine titles and the meet was highlighted by three individual event titles from junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia). Zupan won the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 55.06 and 2:02.07, respectively. He also claimed the 200 IM title with a time of 1:49.54 and set two new pool records. 

Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) continued to excel in the distance and mid-distance events. Oh claimed the 1000 free title with a time of 9:20.93, over 15 seconds ahead of Columbia's top finisher, Dominik Koll. Oh also took the 500 free title, touching the wall with a time of 4:34.46.

In the sprint events, One June Chang (Great Neck, N.Y.) led the Dartmouth contingent, taking third place in the 100 free with a time of 46.81 while James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) won the 100 back title with a time of 50.07. 

Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) and Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mas.) led the Dartmouth divers. The Gillis won the 1-meter title with a score of 316.13, while Shelley took runner-up honors with a score of 314.18. Shelley led all Big Green divers in the 3-meter with a score of 309.01, good enough for third place.

In the relays, the Big Green claimed the 200-medley relay and the 400 free relay titles. In the 200-medley relay, the quartet of Verhagen and Zupan along with captains Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) won the event with a time of 1:31.16. The Big Green took the top two spots in the 400 free relay. Derdeyn, Chang, Ian Woon (Boulder, Colo.) and Doherty teamed to take the top spot with a time of 3:09.09.

Dartmouth will take some time off before heading to the Ivy League Championships, March 7-9 in Providence, R.I.