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Swimming and Diving Hits the Road

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Kelsey Pinson     By John and Matt Risley
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Saturday, Feb. 4
- at Northeastern, vs. Rhode Island (Boston, Mass.),11:00 a.m. (Women)
Sunday, Feb. 5- at UConn (Storrs, Conn.), 12 p.m.

The Dartmouth College swimming and diving teams are back in the water this weekend with two meets. The women's team travels to Boston, Mass., for a double dual against Northeastern and Rhode Island on Saturday before joining up with the men for a trip to Storrs, Conn., to take on UConn on Sunday. The dual with the Huskies is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.  

Dartmouth Outswims Competition at Dartmouth Invitational -
The Big Green opened a very busy week last week with several outstanding performances at the Dartmouth Invitational. Dartmouth claimed both the men and women's titles and won 20 events over the two-day meet.  In total, the Big Green also set four new Upper Valley Aquatic Center pool records.

Big Green Breakin' Records - The Big Green had several record breaking performances at the Dartmouth Invitational. Sophomore Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) set two new pool records in the 500 (5:00.84) and the 200 (1:52.79) free events. Twin sister Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) also got in on the action setting a new record in the 1650 free with a time of 17:22.02. Senior co-captain Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) also set a new record in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.60.

Dartmouth Divers Also Impress - Not only was the swim team impressive throughout the weekend, the divers also had a good weekend. Junior Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) swept the 1-meter and 3-meter competition against Princeton with scores of 253.86 and 276.75, respectively. Dartmouth divers also claimed the boards on the men's side with Ethan Canty (Sunnyvale, Calif.) winning the 3-meter with a score of 332.23 and Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) winning the 1-meter with a score of 285.38. Canty's thee-meter win qualified him for the 2012 NCAA Zone meet. 

Hitting the Road - The Big Green closed out the 2011-12 home slate with last weekend's Dartmouth Invitational and the dual meet against Princeton. Dartmouth had a good home slate with a sweep of Brown and women's wins over Penn and New Hampshire. The Big Green will close the season on the road with trips to Northeastern for the women, and combined trips to Connecticut and Columbia before the Ivy League Championships.

Big Green Women Look To Improve on Dual Meet Record  - The Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team moved to 7-3 in dual meet action with dual meet wins over UMass and Bryant last weekend. The Big Green, who travel to Northeastern for a double dual against Rhode Island this week, have at least seven dual meet wins for the third time in the last four seasons.  

Dartmouth Men Looking Good in Duals - The Big Green men's team has had a very good season. The Big Green has Ivy League wins over Brown and Cornell and earned two more dual meet wins against UMass and Bryant this weekend. Dartmouth will look to improve its 4-4 dual meet record against UConn and Columbia before the Ivy League Championship.

Dartmouth Divers Qualify for NCAA Zones - The Big Green divers are representing Dartmouth well and so far, six Big Green divers have qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet in March. Female divers Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass.), Madison McClenney (The Woodlands, Texas), Kendall MacRae (Sherborn, Mass.) and Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) have all earned a spot in the meet while freshman Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) and Ethan Canty (Sunnyvale, Calif.) have earned spots for the men. The group of four females is the largest group of divers to qualify in Hamilton's tenure at Dartmouth.Click here to read a feature on the divers and see a video interview.

All-Around Effort For the Big Green - This season has been characterized by all-around solid performances on both the men and women's side. The teams have been bolstered by an impressive crop of underclassmen. Sophomore Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) has been a large part of that turnaround. Zupan is the defending Ivy League champion in the 1,000 and 1650 free and holds Dartmouth records in the 1650 free, 1000 free and the 200 IM. On the women's side twins Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) combined for four school records. Danielle owns the 200 fly and 400 IM records while Christine owns the 200 free record. Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.), Dartmouth's backstroke specialist, owns the 100 and 200 backstroke records while Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.) owns the 100 fly record. Dartmouth's freshmen have also been impressive. Big Green freshmen Valerie Orellana (Arleta, Calif.), Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) and Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) have each captured event titles on the women's side. On the men's side divers Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) and Ethan Canty (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and swimmer Ian Woon (Highlands Ranch, Calif.) have also won event titles.

Scouting Northeastern (Women)- The Northeastern women have a 8-3 dual meet record this season and have won their last four dual meets. Their lone dual meet losses have come to Houston, James Madison and William and Mary. The Huskies last swam on Jan. 21, against Vermont winning that meet by a score of 184-116. The teams have some common opponents in Bryant, UMass and Vermont. This is the seventh consecutive season the Big Green has swam against the Huskies.

A Look at Rhode Island (Women)- The Rams last swam on Jan. 28, when they dropped a close 155-145 dual to Vermont in Kingston, R.I. The Rams have a 4-3 dual meet record with wins over Providence, Bryant, Springfield College and Wagner. Rhode Island also won the Harold Anderson Invitational with a score of 959.50. Other competitors at the Anderson Invitational included, Assumption, Bryant, Holy Cross, Maine and Providence. This is also the second consecutive season Dartmouth has swam against the Rams.

All About UConn- The Husky men and women are both having good dual meet seasons. Both squads defeated Colgate on Sunday. The women won by a score of 158-83, while the men posted a 151-82 win. The UConn men are 4-2 on the season while the women are sitting at 5-2. On the women's side, the Huskies have also swam against Dartmouth foe Vermont as well as Ivy League foe, Penn. On the men's side they have also faced Penn. This is the first time Dartmouth and UConn meet in the pool since the early 70's and it will be the first time the teams meet on the women's side.  

Barry and Pinson Named Captains of the Women's Squad - Seniors Galen Barry (Wayne, Pa.) and Kelsey Pinson (Portland, Ore.) were named captains for the women's swimming and diving squad for the 2011-12 season.

Stumpf and Ahern Lead Dartmouth Men's Squad - Seniors Matt Stumpf (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Mickey Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) were named captains for the men's swimming and diving squads during the 2011-12 season.

Wilson Returns for 19th Season- Head Coach Jim Wilson is in his 19th 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 coaches Jesup Szatkowski and Jenn Verser while Chris Hamilton returns as Dartmouth's diving coach.

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Saturday, Feb. 11 - at Columbia (New York, N.Y.), 11 a.m.