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Zupan Swimmer of the Meet; Dartmouth Finishes Fifth at Ivies

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Nejc Zupan earned Ivy League Swimmer of the Meet after winnining three event titles and...     By The Ivy League

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) won three event titles with an Ivy League meet records in each one to earn Swimmer of the Meet honors as the Dartmouth men's swimming team closed the 2012-13 championship in fifth place with 768 points.

Princeton won the event with 1514 points just ahead of Harvard who took second with 1446 points. Columbia with 1135 points and Yale with 1038.5 points rounded out the top five.

Zupan had the best Ivy League Championship meet for a Dartmouth swimmer. The Slovenia native picked up his third title and meet record in the 200 breaststroke. His three titles are the most for a Dartmouth swimmer and he becomes the first Dartmouth swimmer to earn Swimmer of the Meet, male or female.

Rookie Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) swam to a 11th-place finish in the 1650 free. He touched the wall with a time of 15:24.21, also an NCAA B consideration time.

James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) earned his second runner-up honor of the meet in the 200 back. He touched the wall with a time of 1:44.23, besting his own school record by three seconds and earing him his second NCAA B consideration time.  Dylan Gabel (Alta Loma, Calif.) was 15th with a time of 1:48.60, while Aaron Athanas (Beverley, Mass) won the C Final touching the wall with a time of 1:47.81.  

Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Daniel Whitcomb (Winnetka, Ill.) took 15th and 16th place in the 100 free with times of 45.01 and 45.06, respectively.

Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) capped off a good meet by winning the 3-meter B Final. His score of 338.70 ranked him ninth and gave him two top 10 finishes.

The Big Green closed the meet much like they started it with a school record in the 400 free relay. The quartet of Whitcomb, Derdeyn, Ian Woon (Boulder, Colo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) swam a 2:59.20, over two seconds faster than the previous record set at the Brown Invitational earlier this year.

In the final preliminary swims of the meet, Verhagen showcased his penchant in the backstroke events and took third in the 200 back with a time of 1:44.98, a new school record and an NCAA B time. His time seeded him third for the finals.

The morning swims of the 100 free were tight throughout and Whitcomb and Derdeyn led the Big Green contingent.

Derdeyn, who participated in a swim off, broke his own school record with a time of 44.71, earning him a spot in the B Final. It was a repeat of history, as Derdeyn was in the same situation last season and earned the same outcome.

As expected Zupan had a great swim in the 200 breastroke. The junior swam a 1:57.64, which earned him a second-place finish and put him in the A Final for a shot at his third Ivy title of the weekend.

The Big Green conclude the 2013 Ivy League Championships with its second consecutive top five finish which ties the Big Green's best outing at the Ivy League Championships.

Team Standings (Final)
1. Princeton - 1514
2. Harvard- 1446
3. Columbia - 1135
4. Yale- 1038.5
5. Dartmouth - 768

6. Penn-700
7. Brown - 589.5
8. Cornell- 539

Dartmouth Finishers
1650-yard Freestyle

11th-Jun Oh                          15:24.21%
26th-Jay Margherio               16:19.09                                           

200-yard Backstroke
2nd-James Verhagen             1:44.23#%
15th-Dylan Gabel                  1:48.60
17th-Aaron Athanas              1:47.81
19th-Matt Long                     1:49.09

100-yard Freestyle
15th-Will Derdeyn                45.01#
16th-Daniel Whitcomb          45.06
19th-Ian Woon                    45.20
20th-Zack Doherty               45.38
24th-Andrew North              46.04
29th-One June Chang          45.85

200-yard Breastroke
1st-Nejc Zupan                    1:53.95$@
20th-Jay Schulte                  2:03.32
24th-Konrad von Moltke        2:05.60

200-yard Butterfly
19th-Logan Briggs                1:50.09
25th-Joseph Chance             1:53.02

3-Meter Diving
9th-Brett Gillis                      338.70
15th-Ryan Shelley                293.70
19th-Ben Weill                     266.45

400-yard Free Relay           2:59.20#
7th-(Whitcomb, Derdeyn, Woon, Doherty)           


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%NCAA B Consideration Time
@Ivy League Meet Record
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