CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of a packed Blodgett pool for day two of the 2011 Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, Dartmouth freshman Nejc Zupan scored an impressive win in the 1,650 free. After two days Dartmouth is in seventh with 520 points while Princeton continues to lead with 950 points.
Zupan's time of 15:14.83 set a Dartmouth record, breaking the old record of 15:35.60 held by Kevin Ellis '09. He finished almost four seconds ahead of Wes Stearns of Harvard who had a time of 15:18.62. In one of the three afternoon heats, Zupan had the fastest time at 15:14.83, good enough for an NCAA B-cut time and placing him first overall after all heats were swum. With the win, he became the first swimmer in Big Green history to capture the 1,650 free title. Zupan also broke the Dartmouth varsity record in the 1000 free (in his 1650 split) in a time of 9:12.35
Dylan Gabel finished seventh in the same event in a time of 15:42.18. With that time, Gabel is now third on Dartmouth's Top-10 list.
Next up was the 100-yard butterfly as sophomore Will Derdeyn was fifth with a time of 48.96, just behind the winning time of 48.18. Ray Li was 10th in a time of 49.16. Derdeyn's prelim time of 48.66 becomes the new Dartmouth record while Li's time of 49.16 gives him second on the Top-10 list.
Junior Matt Stumpf was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.07. Michael Ahern took seventh in a time of 50.25 in the 100-yard backstroke. Ahern's time of 49.84 in the prelims set a new varsity record, breaking the former time he set last season at the Ivy Championships.
The 2011 Ivy League men’s swimming and diving championships conclude tomorrow, March 5, beginning with an 11:00 a.m. preliminary session. Tomorrow’s championship finals will then start at 6:00 p.m.