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Dartmouth Closes Home Slate with Dartmouth Invite, Princeton

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By John and Matt Risley
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Friday, Jan. 27
- Dartmouth Invitational
(Upper Valley Aquatic Center), 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28- Dartmouth Invitational
(Upper Valley Aquatic Center), 10 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29 - vs. Princeton (Karl Michael Pool), 11 a.m.  (Senior Day)

The Dartmouth College men's and women's swimming and diving teams have a busy week as they will host the second annual Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., on Friday and Saturday before returning to campus to swim against Ivy League rival, Princeton, in the final home meet of the season. Dartmouth Invitational action begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Princeton dual is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Dartmouth Hosts Dartmouth Invitational -
The Big Green will host the second annual Dartmouth Invitational this weekend. UMass and Bryant will join the Dartmouth swimming and diving teams for the two-day meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River, Vt. The diving portion of the event will take place at Karl Michael Pool in Dartmouth's Alumni Gym.  

Big Green Women Move to 5-2 - The Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team pulled its dual meet record to 5-2 with a 199-98 win over Granite State rival, New Hampshire, on Saturday (Jan. 21). The Big Green won 13 of 16 events en route to its third consecutive dual meet win. The Dartmouth women have posted wins over regional rivals Vermont and New Hampshire this season.

Dartmouth Divers Qualify for NCAA Zones - The Big Green divers are representing Dartmouth well and so far, five 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.) has earned a spot for the men. The group of four females is the largest group of females to qualify during diving coach Chris Hamilton's tenure at Dartmouth. 

Thank You Class of 2012 - Sunday's meet against Princeton marks the final home meet of the season for the Dartmouth swimming and diving senior class. The Big Green will honor seniors Galen Barry (Wayne, Pa.), Tara Henn (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Elizabeth Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.), Caitlin Nicholson (Ithaca, N.Y.), Kelsey Pinson (Portland, Ore.) and Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) on the women's side and Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.), Christopher Calby (Darien, Conn.), Jack Driessen (Ridgefield, Conn.), John Hill (Erie, Pa.), Alex Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.), Ray Li (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Chris Plante (Valrico, Fla.) and Matt Stumpf (Palm Harbor, Fla.) with a short ceremony before the meet. 

Home Sweet Karl Michael Pool - The Big Green will close out the home portion of the schedule this weekend. The Big Green swim well at their home venue and this season sport a combined 3-3 record at Karl Michael Pool.

Jumping Back into Ivy League Action - After non-conference meets against Vermont and New Hampshire, the Big Green swimming and diving programs will jump back into Ivy League action when Princeton travels to Hanover on Sunday (Jan. 29). The Big Green has hosted three Ivy League foes this season. The Dartmouth women have defeated Cornell, Brown and Penn in Ivy League action while the Dartmouth men have picked up wins over Cornell and Brown.

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 three 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 UMass- The Minutemen will bring both their men and women's teams to the Dartmouth Invitational. The men's squad is coming off a dominating 153-88 win over Bryant in dual meet action on Friday (Jan. 20). The UMass men have a 3-2-1 record in dual meet action this season with wins over Bryant, Binghamton, and Stony Brook and loses to Army and Yale. The Minutemen have won the last five Atlantic 10 championships.  On the women's side, UMass has picked up wins over Army, Binghamton and Stony Brook in dual meet action while dropping dual meets to Boston University, Northeastern and Bryant.

A Look at Bryant - The Bulldogs will also be bringing their men and women's teams to the Dartmouth Invitational. The Bryant women are coming off a split in weekend duals last week. The Bulldogs defeated UMass, 123.5-119.5 and fell at Stony Brook, 156-106. The Bulldogs and Big Green have several common opponents in Vermont and New Hampshire. The Bulldogs lost both duals to the Catamounts and Wildcats. On the men's side, the Bulldogs are coming off of two dual meets losses in their last outings. UMass defeated the Bulldogs, 153-88, and they fell at Stony Brook 157-105.

All About Princeton - The Princeton swimming and diving squads return to the water after a nearly two month break. The Tigers last competed the first week of December at the Big Al Open at the DeNunzio Pool in Princeton. The Tiger women are a perfect 3-0 in dual meet competition with wins over Penn, Cornell and Brown. On the men's side, the Tigers also sport a 4-0 dual meet record with three wins over Ivy League foes, Penn, Cornell and Brown. The men also won a thrilling 152.5-146.5 meet at Navy on Jan. 7, in its last outing. The Tiger women are the two-time defending Ivy League champion, while the men also claimed the Ivy League title in 2011. 

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. 4 - at Northeastern/Rhode Island (Boston, Mass.), 11 a.m.  (Women only)
Sunday, Feb. 5 - at Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.), 12 p.m.