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Big Green Open Action at the Brown Invitational

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Nejc won the 200 IM in Day 1 at the Brown Invitational.     By Dartmouth
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving programs opened action at the Brown Invitational on Friday (Nov. 30). The Big Green posted six top five finishes highlighted by a win from Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) in the 200 IM.

The Big Green relays had a great opening day, setting five new school records between both squads. The men and women's 200 free relays both set new school records. The women took third place with a time of 1:33.50 while the men took runner-up honors with a time of 1:22.21. The men's 400 medley relay also set a new school record with a time of 3:16.15.

Zupan, the reigning Ivy League champion in the 400 IM, posted an NCAA B time in the 200 IM with a time of 1:46.9, also a new school record. 

Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Big Green sprinters, taking second in the 50 free with a time of 20.49. James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) set a school record in the 100 back with a time of 48.57, a second faster than the record set by former Big Green swimmer Michael Ahern last season.

In the three-meter diving competition, Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.), who swept the 1-meter and t3-meter boards against Vermont on Wednesday, took second with a score of 237.70. Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) and Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) placed fourth and sixth in the 1-meter competition with scores of 302.55 and 276.75, respectively.

 The Big Green men had several good swims in the morning preliminaries. Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.) led the Dartmouth distance squad with a third place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:31.34 while freshman Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) swam to an eighth place finish with a time of 4:34.80.  On the women's side Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) led the women's distance swimmers, taking fifth with a time of 4:53.32.

Zupan won the 200 IM preliminary with a time of 1:49.62, ahead of three swimmers from Princeton.

In the preliminary sprint events, Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) and Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.) touched the wall with identical times of 23.84 while Derdyn took top honors in the men's event with a time of 20.53. Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) also recorded a sixth place finish with a time of 20.88,

Dartmouth continues action at the Brown Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 1).