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Dartmouth Swimming and Diving Drops Dual to Columbia

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John Hill     By Mark Washburn

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams closed the dual meet schedule with losses to Columbia in New York on Saturday. The Dartmouth women fell, 183-117, and the men dropped a, 174-123 contest to the Lions.  Saturday's meet capped the regular season for the Big Green.

Dartmouth's Albert Roth (Aurora, Ill.) led the way for the Big Green men with wins in the 200 fly, 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM. His three wins were the most for a Dartmouth swimmer on the day.

Roth claimed the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.19, two seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, which was teammate Joseph Chance (Lafayette, La.) with a time of 1:55.38.  Roth won the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.44 and the 200 breast with a time of 2:06.36. 

Senior John Hill (Erie, Pa.) also had some great swims, posting lifetime bests in two events. Hill swam the 200 free in a time of 1:40.61 and the 100 free in a time of 46.47, earning him runner-up honors in both events.

Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.) picked up Dartmouth's second runner-up honors in the 1000 free with a time of 9:27.39. Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) took second place on the women's side. Gabel also claimed the 500 free title with a time of 4:37.43, outpacing Hill who picked up his third runner up honor in the event with a time of 4:40.23.

Senior co-captain Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) scored points for the Big Green in the 200 back and 100 back with two second-place finishes. His time in the 200 back was 1:53.44 and was 51.41 in the 100.

The female divers had a great outing at Columbia, sweeping the competition on both boards. Sophomore Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass.) took top honors on the 3-meter board with a scored of 269.78, while junior Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) claimed her second consecutive 1-meter title with a score of 268.72.

Christine Kerr was back at her distance dominance in the 1000 free. She earned runner up honors in the event with a time of 10:25.68. Kerr has placed in the top three in this event in eight meets this season.

Christine Kerr teamed with twin sister, Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Kirstin Hocheder (Tucson, Ariz.) in the 500 free for a 2-3-4 finish. Danielle Kerr led the Big Green group with a time of 5:01.00, which was good for third place. Hocheder took fourth place with a time of 5:01.35 and Christine Kerr took fifth with a time of 5:05.40.

Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.) paced the Big Green in the backstroke events. The sophomore won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.84, two seconds ahead of the nearest Columbia competitor and took runner up honors in the 100 back with a time of 58.43.

Valerie Orellana (Artleta, Calif.) joined the divers and Sweeney as an event winner. Orellana took top honors in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.65. Danielle Kerr took second in the event with a time of 2:05.13.

Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) led the Dartmouth contingent in the sprint freestyle events. The freshman took runner-up honors in the 100 free with a time of 52.32 and earned third place in the 50 free with a time of 24.36.  Hengenmuhle's teammates Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) and Isa Guardalabene (Albany, Calif.) finished just behind her in the 100 free with times of 52.47 and 53.17, respectively. 

Dartmouth will take some time off as they prepare for the 2012 Ivy League Championships. The women's championship will be held Feb. 23-25 at Harvard's Blodgett Pool and the men's championship takes place March 1-3 at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.