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Men's Swimming Heads to Ivy League Championship

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By Mark Washburn

Thu.-Sat., Mar. 1-3
- at Ivy League Championship (Princeton, N.J.), All Day

The Dartmouth College men's swimming and diving teams head to Princeton for the 2012 Ivy League Championship. The three-day meet begins on Thursday (March 1) and runs through Saturday (March 3). Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., each day and finals begin each night at 6 p.m. Fans can also get all the information they need for the championship at the Ivy League site by clicking here.Princeton will also have live streaming and that information can be found here.

Big Green Ready For Ivy League Championship -
The Big Green head into the men's championship after a very successful dual meet season. The Dartmouth men posted dual meet wins over Cornell and Brown and also defeated Bryant and UMass at the Dartmouth Invitational.  Dartmouth's dual meet wins over Brown and Cornell mark the first time in the last seven seasons that Dartmouth has won at least two Ivy League dual meets. Dartmouth is looking to improve on its seventh-place finish at the Ivy League Championship last season and is seeking its first top-five finish since 1980-81, when it finished in third place. To note, prior to the 2009 Ivy League Championship, Ivy League champion was determined by a round robin record. The championship that was contested prior to the Ivy League Championship was the EISL Championship. 

Dartmouth Announces Ivy League Squad - Dartmouth will be sending a contingent of 17 swimmers to the 2012 championship. They include: senior co-captains Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) and Matt Stumpf (Palm Harbor, Fla.), Joseph Chance (Lafayette, La.), Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.), Zach Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.), Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.), John Hill (Erie, Pa.), Ray Li (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Matt Long (Parker, Colo.), Jay Margherio (New Canaan, Conn.), Andrew North (Omaha, Neb.), Cameron Price (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Albert Roth (Aurora, Ill.), Jay Schulte (Anchorage, Alaska), Konrad von Moltke (Kenilworth, Ill.), Ian Woon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia). The Big Green will also send three divers to the championships. Chris Plante (Valrico, Fla.), Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) and Ben Weill (Woodbridge, Conn.) will anchor the Big Green divers.

A Look Back at the 2011 Ivy League Championship - Dartmouth finished in seventh-place last season behind several record breaking performances, highlighted by Nejc Zupan's (Kamnik, Slovenia) Ivy League titles in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle. His time of 9:03.37 in the 1,000 free was a new school record. Teammate Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) also set a new Dartmouth record in the 200 back with a time of 1:49.00. Zupan also set the school record in the 1650 free (15:14.83) while Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) set a new 100 fly record with a time of 48.66 in the prelims while Ahern also set a new record in the 100 back with a time of 49.84 in the prelims. Dartmouth's seventh place finish was its best finish since the inception of the Ivy League championship in 2009.

Zupan Looking to Defend His Crowns - Sophomore Nejc Zupan (Kanmik, Slovenia) is looking to make a splash at the 2012 Ivy League Championship this season. The defending Ivy League champion in the 1,650 and 1,000 free, Zupan became the first Dartmouth swimmer in program history to capture the 1650 free and 1,000 free Ivy League titles. He also became the first non-Harvard swimmer to win the 1,000 free in the last six years. Zupan claimed the 1,000 free titles in dual meets this season against Brown, Harvard and Cornell. Zupan was injured during the second half of the season and didn't swim against the other Ivy League schools.

Youth Movement - The Big Green contingent at the Ivy League Championships features 10 underclassmen and 10 upperclassmen but in all between the men's championship squad and the women's championship squad 23 underclassmen will be getting championship experience. The Big Green underclassmen have been impressive this season and have helped the swimming and diving programs excel.

Shelley Heads NCAA Zones - Freshman diver Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) is one of five Dartmouth divers to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championship and is the lone male diver to qualify this season. He will travel with female divers Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass.), Madison McClenney (The Woodlands, Texas), Kendall MacRae (Sherborn, Mass.) and Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) who have also qualified for the meet.

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. Twins Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) combined for two school records. Danielle owns the 200 fly 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 diver Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) and swimmer Ian Woon (Highlands Ranch, Calif.) have also won event titles.

Dartmouth Against the Competition - The Big Green have faired well against Ivy League competition this year. Dartmouth posted a 2-5 Ivy League dual meet record and picked up wins over Brown and Cornell. In the two Ivy League wins, Dartmouth has defeated the competition by over 100 points. The Big Green have scored at least 100 points in each Ivy League dual meet this season and had a very close meet with Penn, falling by just 15 points in a meet that came down to the final race. 

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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Fri-Sat Mar. 9-10 - NCAA Zone Championships, (Buffalo, N.Y.), All Day
Thu-Sat March 22-24 - NCAA Championships (Tacoma, Wash.), All Day