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Big Green Close Brown Invitational on High Note

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Dartmouth set nine new school records at the Brown Invitational hihglighted by an NCAA A...     By John and Matt Risley

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams closed out the Brown Invitational on a high note as the Dartmouth men took second place overall with a score of 772. The women's team was fourth with a score of 538.

The invitational served as the Ivy League dual meet between the Big Green and Brown and with the men's second-place finish they defeated Brown for the second consecutive year. The meet also served as the Ivy dual against Princeton and both Big Green teams fell to the Tigers.

The highlight of the day was Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) earning an NCAA A cut by winning the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:53.87, a new Dartmouth school record. His time was also a new Ivy League record. Zupan won a total of four events over the three-day invitational, picking up three NCAA B standards and an A standard in the 200 breaststroke. Zupan's A standard earns him a trip to the NCAA Championships in March.

Zupan becomes the first male swimmer to reach the NCAA Championships since Todd Taylor in 1980. The last Big Green appearance at the NCAA Championships was in 1999 when diver Toby Hayes advanced to the national championship.

Freshman James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) took second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:47.22, also a new Dartmouth record. In all, the Big Green set nine school records at the invitational.

In diving action, Erica Serpico (Mooretown, N.J.) took second on the 1-meter with a score of 270.25 while Madison McClenney (The Woodlands, Texas) was sixth with a score of 235.50. For the men, Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario) was fourth with a score of 318.70 with Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) placing seventh (283.80).

The Dartmouth men's relay team also set another school record in the 400 free relay. The quartet of North, Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.) Woon, and Doherty took second with a time of 3:01.65, a second ahead of the third place team from the US Military Academy.

For the women, Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.)  swam the second fastest time in the 100 freestyle this season, taking fourth place with a time of 51.08. Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colorado) and Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) swam in the B Final placing 11th (51.65) and 12th (51.78), respectively. On the men's side the Big Green put four swimmers in the A Final of the 100 freestyle led by a third place finish from Andrew North (Omaha, Neb.) with a time of 45.28. Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo) placed fifth (45.59) while Ian Woon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) finished in seventh and eighth place.

In the distance events Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) led the Dartmouth contingent, finishing with a time of 16:54.75. Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) also recorded a top 10 finish by taking eighth place with a time of 17:06.71.  Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.) led the men with a seventh-place finish (16:01.72).

The Big Green will head to the Sunshine State for its annual training trip before returning to the pool to take on Yale and Penn in Philadelphia on Jan. 12