THIS WEEK IN DARTMOUTH SWIMMING AND
Thu. - Sat., Mar. 7-9 - at Ivy League Championship (Providence, R.I.), All Day
The Dartmouth College men's swimming and diving teams head to Providence, R.I for the 2013 Ivy League Championship. The three-day meet opens on Thursday (March 7) and runs through Saturday (March 9). Preliminary action begins at 11 a.m. each day with finals slated for 6 p.m. each evening. Fans can also get information throughout the meet at the Ivy League site by clicking HERE.
Note: There will be limited seating at this weekend's meet, with only a 400-person viewing capacity. To take a look at the facility, click HERE.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Big Green Ready For Ivy League Championship - The Big Green head into the championship season after a successful dual meet season. The men picked up three dual meet wins over Ivy foes, including Cornell, Brown and Penn. The Penn win was the first over the Quakers since 1990-91 and the first on the road since 1989-90. Overall, the Big Green have a 3-4 dual meet record this season. Dartmouth is looking to move into the upper half of the Ivy League after a record-setting meet last season which resulted in a fifth place finish, Dartmouth's highest finish since the inception of the Ivy League men's swimming and diving championship in 2009.
Dartmouth Announces Ivy League Squad - Dartmouth will be sending a contingent of 17 swimmers to the 2013 championship. They include: senior co-captains Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.), Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.), Joseph Chance (Lafayette, La.), One June Chang (Colts Neck, N.Y.) Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.), Matt Long (Parker, Colo.), Jay Margherio (New Canaan, Conn.), Andrew North (Omaha, Neb.), Jay Schulte (Anchorage, Alaska), Konrad von Moltke (Kenilworth, Ill.), Ian Woon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia), Aaron Athanas (Beverley, Mass.), Logan Briggs (Issaquah, Wash.), Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.), James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) and Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.) The Big Green will also send three divers to the championships. Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) and Ben Weill (Woodbridge, Conn.) will anchor the Big Green divers.
A Look Back at the 2012 Ivy League Championship - Dartmouth earned a fifth-place finish, its highest finish in a championship since a third-place finish in 1980-81 and its best finish in an Ivy League Championship. Highlighting the meet was Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) who picked up his third Ivy League title by winning the 400 IM. Aside from the 400 IM, Zupan took third place in the 200 breaststroke and Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) set a new school record in the 50-free breaking a 22-year-old record. In all, the Dartmouth men set 13 school records in eight individual events and five relays and produced six NCAA consideration times.
Brown's Pool is Good Luck For Zupan - This week's championships are being held at Brown's pool, which is also the site of where Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) earned his NCAA A time in the 200 breaststroke. Zupan swam the mark back in December at the Brown Invitational. Zupan swam a 1:53.87, a time that currently ranks as the fifth fastest time this season.
Zupan Looking to Make It Four Titles - Junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) is looking for his fourth title when he heads to this week's championship. Zupan won the 1,650 and 1,000 free as a rookie and took the 400 IM last season. His titles in the 1,650 and 1,000 make him the first Big Green swimmer to win those two events.
Youth Movement - The Big Green will send six rookies to the Ivy League Championships this season and will have eight underclassmen swimming. Combined with the women's Ivy squad, 16 freshmen made their first appearance at the championship meet. The Big Green underclassmen have been impressive this season and have helped the swimming and diving programs excel.
Zupan To Represent Dartmouth at NCAA Championships - Junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) will become the first Dartmouth swimmer to swim at the NCAA Championships since 1980 after earning a NCAA A time in the 200 breaststroke at the Brown Invitational. The last Big Green appearance at the NCAA Championships was 1999 when diver Toby Hayes advanced to the national championship.
Gillis Books Ticket To NCAA Zone Meet - Freshman diver, Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada), had a solid outing against Penn and Yale (Jan. 12). The rookie claimed the 1-meter title with a score of 298.8 and was second on the 3-meter. His scores qualified him for the NCAA Zone Meet in March.
Big Green Men on the Upswing - The Dartmouth men's swimming and diving programs have been on the rise over the last three seasons. Prior to last season, the best finish for the men was a seventh-place finish in 2011. The Big Green made the jump from seventh to fifth last season and look to keep moving into the upper echelon of the Ivy League.
Dartmouth Against the Competition - The Big Green have faired well against Ivy League competition this year. Dartmouth has a 3-4 record against Ivy League foes with wins over Brown, Cornell and Penn. The Big Green also came every close to defeating Columbia. The three wins are the most Ivy dual meet wins in recent history.
Lannan Joins Squad as Assistant Coach - Ross Lannan begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Big Green. Lannan comes to Hanover after spending two seasons in the same capacity at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Welcome aboard Coach Lannan!
Wilson Returns for 20th Season- Head Coach Jim Wilson is in his 20th season as head coach of the Dartmouth swimming and diving squads. Wilson, originally hired to coach the Dartmouth men, took over the women's team in 2006. Wilson also returns assistant coach Jenn Verser while Chris Hamilton returns as Dartmouth's diving coach. Ross Lannan begins his first season as an assistant coach.
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March 16-18- at NCAA Zone Diving (Site TBA), All Day
March 28-30- at NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), All Day