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Gillis Sets New Dartmouth Record, Team Sits Fifth at Ivy Championship

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. –  The Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving team sits in fifth place with 231 points after the first day of the Ivy League Championship at Harvard.

The Big Green diving team helped gain valuable points on the opening day of competition. Brett Gillis set a Dartmouth record in the one-meter springboard with a second-place finish securing a 361.15.  Ryan Shelley finished 10th and Taylor Clough and Ben Weill finished 13th and 14th, respectively.

The Big Green finished third in the 400 Medley Relay and was a part of four others breaking the Blodgett Pool record. The quartet of James Verhagen, Nejc Zupan, David Harmon and Daniel Whitcomb finished in 3:12.49.

Zupan placed fourth in the 200 IM in 1:46.62 and qualified for NCAA B.  His time was .01 seconds behind Princeton’s Byron Sanborn. The Tigers swept the event with Ted D’Alessandro setting a pool record in 1:45.45. Whitcomb finished seventh in the 50 Free in 20.33.

Harvard is currently in the lead with 505 points. Princeton is second with 400 and Penn is third with 315. Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown and Cornell round out the remaining five spots.

Action resumes Friday at 11 am with preliminary heats. The Ivy League Digital Network will have live wire-to-wire coverage of all of the day's action.