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Swimming and Diving Hosts Dartmouth Invitational This Weekend

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – This weekend, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s swimming teams will be hosting the annual Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

Dartmouth will welcome squads from across New England to participate in the two-day event. The event will be held in two different locations, as the swimming portion will be held at UVAC, while diving will be at Karl Michael Pool on the Dartmouth campus.

 Friday’s competition will begin at 5 p.m. with ten scheduled events, including the 50-Free, 200-Free and the 200 –IM. 

On Saturday, the invitational heats up with 27 events, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Big Green women come off a split last weekend, as they were defeated by New Hampshire at home, 166-134 and then had a comfortable victory on the road at Vermont, 200.5-99.5.  Against New Hampshire, senior diver Katy Feng qualified for NCAA Zones with a first place finish in both the one and three meter boards. In the 200-Medley, Dartmouth finished second, just .10 seconds behind UNH.  The Green also set a new Karl Michael Pool record in the 200-Free relay with a time of 1:36.28. In their final weekend dual, the Big Green once again swept the diving competition, as Feng won on both the one and three meter boards. The Green solidified the win with seven first place finishes.

The Dartmouth men have not seen competition since Jan. 11, when they competed in the Ivy Tri-Meet against Penn and Yale. The Big Green were defeated in both duals, but senior Nejc Zupan and sophomore diver Brett Gillis led the way. Sophomore James Verhagen was also a key contributor for the Green and White.

Gillis began the afternoon for the Green and White with a 336.15 score on the three-meter board.

After the diving portion was completed, Dartmouth won four individual races; with Zupan claiming three first-place finishes in the 100-Breast, 200-Breast and 200 IM. Verhagen won two races, the 200-Medley Relay (lead-off leg) and 100-Back.

Of the three wins by Zupan, two were new pool records. In the 100-Breast, a new Kiphuth record, Zupan finished in 54.79. In his second Kiphuth record event, Zupan finished the 200-Breast in 1:59.45. In his final victory of the meet, Zupan won the 200-IM in 1:49.19.

In the 200-Medley Relay, Verhagen defeated Mike Lazris of Yale by .29 seconds at 23.43. In his second win of the day, Verhagen won the 100-Back at 49.79.

The swimming and diving teams will next compete against Connecticut on Feb. 1, followed by Ivy foe Columbia on Feb. 9.