PRINCETON, N.J. - The Dartmouth men's swimming and diving team put together a historic three-day meet and finished the 2012 Ivy League Championships in fifth place with 764.5 points. The fifth place finish is the best finish for the Big Green since 1981.
"We took a big jump up the Ivy ladder from seventh place to fifth place, thanks to all of the team's dedication and hard work," said head coach Jim Wilson. "We are proud of them and they deserve all the success that they achieved this week."
Over the course of the meet, the Big Green set 13 school records in eight individual events and five relays.
Princeton claimed the title with 1,523.5 points and Harvard took runner-up honors with 1,446 points. Columbia was in third place with 1,107.5 points followed by Yale in fourth with 966 points. Penn took sixth with 756 points while Brown and Cornell rounded out the meet with 596.5 point and 575.5 points, respectively.
Sophomore Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) added to his tally with an impressive third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke. He touched the wall with a time of 1:57.15, which was good enough for an NCAA consideration and a Dartmouth school record. His time was more than five seconds faster than the previous school record set in 2004. Zupan's time from the morning seeded him first going into the evening finals.
Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.), as he has all season, showcased his penchant for the long distance events. In the 1650 freestyle, he took seventh place with a time of 15:33.99. Teammates Jay Margherio (New Canaan, Conn.) and John Hill (Erie, Pa.) also earned points for the Big Green tally with 18th and 19th place finishes.
The backstroke tandem of Matt Long (Parker, Colo.) and Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) posted a pair of top ten finishes in the 200 backstroke. Long led the Dartmouth duo with a time of 1:49.90 for eighth while Ahern was 10th, runner-up in the consolation final, with a time of 1:49.19. Long swam a 1:47.58 in the morning preliminary, a new school record and a time which seeded him heading into the final.
In the freestyle events Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) continued his excellent meet with a 15th place finish with a time of 45.13 in the 100 free, just six tenths of a second outside of the 14th place competitor and one tenth of a second off the school record.
While Zupan was the story for the Big Green in the 200 breaststroke, his teammates did well in the consolation final. Senior co-captain Matt Stumpf (Palm Harbor, Fla.), Cameron Price (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Jay Schulte (Anchorage, Alaska) finished 14-15-16, all scoring points towards the team score.
The Dartmouth divers also contributed to the historic weekend. Sophomore Ben Weill (Woodbridge, Conn.) was the Big Green's top finisher in the 3-meter, taking 12th place with a score of 300.5. Freshman Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) took 14th with a score of 278.95 and Chris Plante (Valrico, Fla.) rounded out the group with a 15th place finish with 275.20 points.
In the final event, the Big Green set its fifth relay record swimming a 3:02.36, besting the previous record set just last year by more than a second. Derdeyn, North, Ahern and Zach Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) combined on the relay.
The Big Green concluded its historic Ivy League Championship with six NCAA consideration times and 13 school records. Those with NCAA consideration times will await the NCAA selections on Wednesday, March 7.
Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Mass.) will represent the Dartmouth men's diving team at the NCAA Zone Championship March 9-11 in Buffalo, N.Y. Shelley will be joined by four of Dartmouth's female divers.
Team Standings (Final)
1. Princeton -- 1,523.5
2. Harvard -- 1,446
3. Columbia -- 1,107.5
4. Yale -- 966.5
5. Dartmouth -- 764.5
6. Penn -- 756
7. Brown -- 596.5
8. Cornell -- 575.5
400-yard Free Relay
8th - Dartmouth 3:02.36
(Derdeyn, North, Ahern, Doherty)
#-Dartmouth Varsity Record
%-NCAA B Consideration Time