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Dartmouth Posts Solid Day in Pool at Penn, vs. Yale

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The Dartmouth men defeated Penn and fell to Yale on Saturdays. The Big Green women fell to...     By Mark Washburn

PHILADELPHIA - The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams posted a solid day in the pool on Saturday (Jan. 12) against Penn and Yale. Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) won four event titles as the Big Green men posted a 161-139 victory over Penn. The women fell to Yale, 171-128, while the men also dropped their meet to the Bulldogs, 154-145. The women also fell to Penn, 167.50-131.50.

The men's victory over Penn was the first since the 1990-91 season and was the first road victory since the 1989-90 season.

Zupan, fresh off a NCAA A cut at the Brown Invitational, set a pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:00.12 while former record holder, Penn graduate Brendan McHugh, watched in the stands. Zupan also won the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM with times of 56.15 and 1:51.07, respectively.

Freshman Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) also had a good outing by taking second place in the 1000 freestyle (9:27.36) and the 200 freestyle (1:41.51). Oh claimed the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:32.09.

The Big Green women also did well in the middle-distance events. In the 500 free Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) led the Dartmouth contingent, finishing fourth with a time of 5:02.46 while Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) took fifth with a time of 5:06.35. Charlotte Kamai (Conte Madera, Calif.) placed second in the 100 free with a time of 52.09

James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa), who set the school record in the 100 backstroke earlier this season, took third in the 100 back with a time of 50.78.

The Big Green swept the 50 free events. Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) claimed the women's event with a time of 24.24 while Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) won the men's event with a time of 20.86.

The divers also had a solid day. Senior Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) won the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. She posted a score of 269.55 on the 1-meter and a 271.70 on the 3-meter.  On the men's side, freshman Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) won the 1-meter board with a score of 298.78 and took second on the 3-meter with a score of 329.60. His scores qualified him for the NCAA Zone meet in March.

In the 400 IM the Big Green women went 2-3-4 with Rebecca Butler (West Orange, N.J.) leading the way. The sophomore crossed the finish line with a time of 4:33.73. Danielle Kerr and Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.) took third and fourth with times of 4:39.40 and 4:41.86.

In the relays, the Big Green quartet of Verhagen, Zupan, Derdeyn and Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.) won the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:31.98. The women won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:29.71 while the men placed second with a time of 3:06.39.

The Big Green women will jump back in the water on Wednesday (Jan. 16) when they travel to Durham, N.H., for a meet against instate rival, New Hampshire. The squads will join up again Jan. 25-26 when they host the third annual Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.