PRINCETON, N.J. - The Dartmouth men's swimming and diving team opened action at the 2012 Ivy League Championship at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool on Thursday (March 1). Dartmouth opened the championship with six school records on the first night. The Big Green is sitting in sixth place with 215 points after the first day of competition.
"This has already been a phenomenal start to the championship for us," said head coach Jim Wilson. "Six records in as many events, and within striking distance of some top teams. We are well on our way to a historic meet. We are so proud of the guys that performed beyond potential already and really look forward to the rest of Team feeding off of that success all weekend long."
Harvard and Princeton are atop the standings with 471 and 444 points, respectively. Yale is sitting in third place with 289 points followed by Penn with 245.5 points and Columbia with 231 points. Brown with 177 points and Cornell with 159 points round out the teams.
The Big Green opened the three-day meet with impressive fashion setting two new school records in the morning preliminaries. Sophomore Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia), back in the water for the first time in five meets, set a new school record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.03. He swam to a fourth-place finish in the finals, besting his preliminary time with a time of 1:47.69, which is good enough for a NCAA consideration time.
Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) also set a new a new school record in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle. The junior touched the wall neck-in-neck with Columbia's Omar Arafa with a time of 20.36 forcing a swim-off. Derdeyn kicked it into high gear in the swim-off, with a time of 20.24, besting the 22-year old school record of 20.25 by a tenth of a second. His 20.23 was good enough for a seventh place finish in the final and a NCAA consideration time. The junior then upped the anty in the first leg of the 200 free relay, swimming a 20.21.
Dartmouth opened the evening session with a fifth-place finish in the 200 free relay. The quartet of Derdeyn, Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.), Andrew North (Omaha, Neb.) and Zach Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) touched the wall with a time of 1:21.81, breaking the previous school record set in 2004 by over two seconds.
Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calf.) added to the Big Green point total earning 15 points with a 12th place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.49, also a new school record while teammate Jay Margherio (New Canaan, Conn.) placed 24th with a time of 4:33.82, a new lifetime best.
Aside from Zupan in the 200 IM, Albert Roth (Aurora, Ill.) and senior co-captain Matt Stumpf (Palm Harbor, Fla.) also swam well. Roth took 12th place with a time of 1:50.65 and Stumpf was 24th with a time of 1:53.82.
In the diving events, freshman Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) led the Dartmouth contingent with a 13th place finish with a score of 272.35. Senior Chris Plante (Valrico, Fla.) was just behind him with a score of 257.70.
The first day of action came to a close with the 400-medley relay. The Big Green took sixth place and earned its sixth school record of the day with a time of 3:17.60, also an NCAA consideration time. Senior co-captain Ahern, set a new program mark in the 100 back in the first leg of the race with a time of 49.48, besting his own mark of 49.84, set last season. Ahern was joined by teammates Zupan, Derdeyn and Doherty on the relay.
In all, the Big Green set six new school records and posted three NCAA consideration times on the first day of the championships.
The Big Green continues with day two of the Ivy League Championship tomorrow (Friday, March. 2) at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., with the finals set to start at 6 p.m.
(After Day 1)
1. Harvard -- 471
2. Princeton -- 444
3. Yale -- 289
4. Penn -- 245.5
5. Columbia -- 231
6. Dartmouth --215
7. Brown -- 177
8. Cornell -- 159.5
200-yard Free Relay 1:21.80#
5th - Dartmouth
(Derdeyn, Ahern, North, Doherty)
400-yard Medley Relay 3:17.60#%
6th - Dartmouth
(Ahern, Zupan, Derdeyn, Doherty)
#-Dartmouth Varsity Record
%-NCAA B Consideration Time