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Dartmouth Swims Well in Final Home Meet Against Princeton

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Michael Ahern     By Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving team dropped two dual meets to defending Ivy League champion, Princeton, on Sunday (Jan. 29) afternoon at Karl Michael Pool. The women fell, 175-125, to the Tigers while the men were defeated 171-124.

The Big Green had a solid meet after a long weekend of swimming and picked up several crucial wins against the Tigers.  Sophomore Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.), fresh off a win in the 200 free at the Dartmouth Invitational, took top honors in the event with a time of 1:53.59.

The Big Green had a good showing in the butterfly events, as they did at the Dartmouth Invitational. Freshman Valerie Orellana (Arleta, Calif.) won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.25 while Albert Roth (Aurora, Ill.) earned runner-up honors on the men's side touching the wall with a time of 1:53.67.

In the 100 fly, Kendall Farnham (Severna, Md.), Orellana, and senior Kelsey Pinson (Portland, Ore.) finished 2-3-4. Franham led the Dartmouth contingent with runner-up honors and a time of 58.35.  Roth claimed his second 100-butterfly title in as many days with a time of 50.62, finishing .10 seconds ahead of Princeton's Jon Christensen.

Roth continued his excellent swimming by taking the 200 IM title for the second time this season. He defeated Princeton's Oliver Bennett by over four seconds while teammate Joseph Chance (Lafayette, La.) took third place with a time of 1:57.48, just .2 seconds behind Bennett.

The Dartmouth divers continue to impress. Junior Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards to score points for the Big Green. Serpico took the 1-meter with a score of 253.86 and the 3-meter with a score of 276.75. Freshman Ethan Canty (Sunnyvale, Calif.) also had a solid day on the boards. Canty took first on the 3-meter with a score of 332.33 and was second on the 1-meter with a score of 273.22. Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) claimed top honors on the 1-meter with a score of 285.38.

Sophomore Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.) claimed the 200 back title with a time of 2:04.94 while teammates Matt Long (Parker, Colo.) and Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) took second and third in the event with times of 1:52.17 and 1:53.48, respectively.

In the sprint freestyle events, Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) led the Dartmouth swimmers taking second place in the 50 free with a time of 24.78. On the men's side Andrew North (Omaha, Neb.) was Dartmouth's top finisher with a fourth place finish and a time of 21.77. In the 100 free, Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) took second with a time of 52.97 and One June Chang (Great Neck, N.Y.) took runner up honors on the men's side with a time of 47.24.

The Big Green closed the meet with a sweep in the 400 free relays. For the women the team of Christine Kerr, Alcon, Hengemuhle and Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.) claimed the event with a time of 3:32.15, outpacing Princeton's quartet by just over a second. On the men's side, Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.), John Hill (Erie, Pa.), Chang and Zach Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) took top honors with a time of 3:10.16.

The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams will be back in the water next weekend. The Big Green women will travel to Boston for dual meet action against Northeastern and Rhode Island on Saturday (Feb. 4) before joining with the men's team for a meet at UConn on Sunday (Feb. 5). The meet at UConn is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.