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Swimming and Diving "Dives" into 2012-13 at Cornell, vs. Harvard

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The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams open the 2012-13 campaignin a double dual meet...     By John and Matt Risley
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Saturday, Nov. 10
- at Cornell, vs. Harvard (Ithaca, N.Y.) 10:00 a.m./1:45 p.m./4:30 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's and women's swimming and diving programs dive into the 2012-13 season when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Ivy League foes, Cornell and Harvard on Saturday (Nov. 10). The double dual meet opens with the diving competition set for 10 a.m., followed by the women's competition at 1:45 p.m. and men at 4:30 p.m.

Let's Get it Started -
For the sixth consecutive season the Big Green will open the season against Cornell/Harvard. The last time Dartmouth didn't open with the Ivy League duo was the 2006-07 season when they opened against Boston College.

Big Green Moving Up The Ranks - The Big Green open the 2012-13 slate with high expectations. 2011-12 saw Dartmouth make a huge jump in the Ivy League standings on both the men's and women's side. The men, fresh off an outstanding regular-season which saw them defeat Cornell for the first time in over a decade, swam to a fifth-place finish, its highest finish ever at the Ivy League Championship with 764.5 points.  The women were equally impressive taking fifth-place at the Ivy League championship with 846.5 points - it was the highest finish for the women in over a decade.  Both teams improved upon their seventh and sixth-place finishes in 2010-11.

 Several Top Swimmers Back for 2012-13  - The Big Green continue to be bolstered by an impressive group of athletes both on the men and women's side. The Big Green men welcome back three-time Ivy League Champion Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia). Zupan claimed the 400 IM last season and has won the 1000 and 1650 freestyle events. Dartmouth will also regain the services of junior twins Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) who hold several Dartmouth school and pool records. Additionally, Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.) returns after swimming to a second place finish in the 200 back at the Ivy League Championship.

Welcome Aboard!  - The swimming and diving programs welcome a total of 20 freshmen to the men's and women's swimming and diving teams for 2012-13. The freshmen feature four internationals and talent from across the U.S. Joining the men's team are 10 new faces in Aaron Athanas (Beverly, Mass.), Logan Briggs (Issaquah, Wash.), Daniel Chen (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Brett Gillis (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), Matthew Ginsberg (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Joseph Kind (San Francisco, Calif.), Jake Lee (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.), James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) and Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.). On the women's side there will also be 10 new faces in: Laura Hayes (Reno, Nev.), Emily Holt (Louisville, Ky.), Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.), Laura McCulloch (Durban, South Africa), Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica), Katie Papa (Califon, N.J.), Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Koryn Ternes (Austin, Texas), Maddie Wall (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brianna Williams (Cypress, Texas). Welcome to the squad!

Freshman Diver Gillis Attends Canadian Olympic Trials - Freshman diver Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) spent part of his spring trying to make the 2012 Canadian Olympic team. The freshman took 16th on the 10-meter board.

Another Kamai Joins the Team - Freshman Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) follows in the steps of her older twin siblings Alex Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) and Elizabeth Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) as she becomes a member of the Dartmouth swimming and diving programs. Alex and Elizabeth graduated in 2012.

Headed to The Sunshine State- The Dartmouth swimming and diving team will make the trek to Key Largo and Islamorada, Fla., for 12 days of training before breaking for the holidays. Last season, the Big Green traveled to Hawaii and in 2010-11 the teams went to Puerto Rico and St. Croix.

Big Green Host Third Annual Dartmouth College Invitational - The Dartmouth College Invitational is on the Big Green schedule for the third consecutive season. The Big Green will welcome UMass, Northeastern, Boston College, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut College, Boston University and Vermont to the third annual invitational held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., Jan. 25-26.

Henn and Guardalabene Named Captains of the Women's Squad - Senior Isa Guardalabene (Albany, Calif.) and junior Erin Henn (Lawrenceville, N.J.) will serve as team captains for the women's team for the 2012-13 season.

Derdeyn and Doherty to Captain Men's Team - Seniors Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) will serve as co-captains for the men's team this season.

Lannan Joins Squad as Assistant Coach - Ross Lannan begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Big Green. Lannan comes to Hanover after spending two seasons in the same capacity at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Welcome aboard Coach Lannan!

Wilson Returns for 20th Season- Head Coach Jim Wilson is in his 20th season as head coach of the Dartmouth swimming and diving squads. Wilson, originally hired to coach the Dartmouth men, took over the women's team in 2006. Wilson also returns assistant coach Jenn Verser while Chris Hamilton returns as Dartmouth's diving coach. Ross Lannan begins his first season as an assistant coach.

Keep Up With the Big Green -- Stay current with everything going on with your Big Green by "liking" the Big Green swimming and diving team on Facebook. You can also follow the Big Green on Twitter (@DartmouthSwim).

Wednesday, Nov. 28 - vs. Vermont (Karl Michael Pool) 6:00 p.m. (Women only)