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Men's Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championship Preview

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By Douglas Allen

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving team will head to Harvard this weekend to compete in the 2014 Ivy League Championships beginning on Thursday.

Led by senior Nejc Zupan, the defending Ivy League Swimmer of the Meet and winner in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 Breast, will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships again in his final Ancient Eight event.

Aaron Athanas, Andrew North, Daniel Whitcomb, Ian Woon and Zupan are all scheduled to swim a team-high six events for the Big Green.

James Verhagen finished second in the 100 Back and 200 Back last year and has been a solid swimmer for the team this season. In his best personal performances against Connecticut, his three wins came in the 100 Back, 200 Back and 200 Medley Relay. In the 100 Back, he won in 50.94, finishing .38 seconds ahead of the second place finisher from UConn. In his second win, Verhagen easily won the 200 Back in 1:51.17.  His third win came in the 200 Medley Relay along with North, Whitcomb and Zupan in 1:32.45.

Freshman David Harmon and John Long will swim in four events as the distance competitors will look to help the Big Green gain valuable points.

Dartmouth will send three divers into competition, led by three-meter record-holder Brett Gillis. Gillis qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships last season in the platform competition. At Ivy Championships, he placed fourth in the one-meter and ninth in the three-meter. 

Fans interested in watching the HD broadcast of the championships on the Ivy League Digital Network are asked to subscribe to the Dartmouth channel.