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Dartmouth Swimming and Diving Dips Back into the Water This Week

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The Big Green are back in the pool this week. The women will host Vermont and both squads...     By John and Matt Risley
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Wednesday, Nov. 28
- vs. Vermont (Karl Michael Pool) 6:00 p.m. (Women Only)
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 - at Brown Invitational (Providence, R.I.), All Day

The Dartmouth College men's and women's swimming and diving programs are back in action after an 18-day layoff for exams and the Thanksgiving holiday with several meets this week. The Big Green women will take on Twin State rival Vermont on Wednesday (Nov .28) and the squads will join back up for the Brown Invitational over the weekend.

Big Green Off to a Good Start -
The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams are back in the water after opening the season against Cornell and Harvard on Nov. 10.  Both squads defeated Cornell while falling to Harvard. The women bested the Big Red for the third consecutive season while the men picked up their second straight victory over the Cornell men.

Rookies Hit the Pool for the First Time Against Harvard/Cornell - In Dartmouth's meets against Cornell and Harvard several of Dartmouth's freshmen saw action. On the men's side, Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada), James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa), Aaron Athanas (Beverly, Mass.), Daniel Chen (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.) and Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) all swam in their first collegiate meet. For the women, Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica), Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.), Maddie Wall (St. Louis, Mo.), Katie Papa (Califon, N.J.), Laura Hayes (Reno, Nev.), Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Emily Holt (Louisville, Ky.), Laura McCulloch (Durban, South Africa) each made their collegiate debuts.

Home Sweet Karl Michael Pool - The women's meet against Vermont on Wednesday marks the first home meet of the season for the swimming and diving squads. This is the seventh consecutive season the Big Green have hosted at least one home meet prior to their annual training trip.

Women Take On Twin State Rival Vermont  - The Big Green women will welcome Vermont to Karl Michael Pool for the first of two meets in which they will be competing by themselves.  The Big Green are looking for their third straight win over the Catamounts. The Big Green will also travel to take on New Hampshire later in the season.

 Brown Invitational On Tap - The Big Green will compete in the first of two invites this weekend when they travel to Providence, R.I. for the Brown Invitational. This will be the first time since the 2010-11 season in which the Big Green will compete in more than one invite during the regular-season.  In 2010-11 Dartmouth participated in the Middlebury Invite in addition to the Dartmouth Invitational.  The Brown invitational will serve as the Ivy League double dual between the Big Green and Brown and Princeton. Also swimming at the invitational are Columbia (men and divers), Army, Rider and the UNH and Yale women.

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 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.

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 Briana 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.

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).

Saturday, Jan. 12 - at Penn, vs. Yale (Philadelphia, Pa.) 10:00 a.m.