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Zupan Heads to NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

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Nejc Zupan will compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships in the 200 breast and 200 IM.      By Mark Washburn

Thu.-Sat., Mar. 28-30
– at NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), All Day

Junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) will represent the Dartmouth swimming and diving programs at this weekend’s NCAA Championship. The junior will participate in the 200 breast, 100 breast and 200 IM events in the hopes of bring home the first-ever national title for the Big Green swimming and diving programs. The trials for the 200 IM begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday with the finals that evening and the 100 breast trials are on Friday and the 200 breast trials are on Saturday.

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Zupan’s NCAA Schedule
Thursday (March 28)

200 IM Trials (Beginning at 11 a.m.)
200 IM Finals (Beginning at 7 p.m.)

Friday (March 29)
100 Breast Trials (Beginning at 11 a.m.)
100 Breast Finals (Beginning at 7 p.m.)

Saturday (March 30)
200 Breast Trials (Beginning at 11 a.m.)
200 Breast Finals (Beginning at 7 p.m.)

Zupan Looks to Make Dartmouth Swimming History – Nejc Zupan
(Kamnik, Slovenia) will put his talents on the national stage when he travels to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend. Zupan, who will swim in the 200 IM, 100 breast and the 200 breast, is the first Big Green swimmer to participate in the national championship since 1980 and it is the first appearance for the Big Green since 1999 when diver Toby Hayes reached the national championship.

Zupan Named Ivy League Championship Swimmer of the Meet – Zupan dominated the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships winning three events en route to being named the Ivy League Swimmer of the Meet. Zupan swept the 200 and 400 IM events, successfully defending his 400 IM title and took home the 200-breast title. He became the first Dartmouth swimmer, male or female, to earn Swimmer of the Meet honors.

Ivy League Representing – Zupan joins several swimmers from Ivy League foes at this week’s national championship. Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton will also have representatives at the meet. Harvard leads the way with three swimmers while Princeton will send two swimmers. Each of the other school will have just one swimmer participating. In total, 51 teams are represented with a total of 265 swimmers.

He’s Fast … Really FastZupan enters the weekend’s meet with one of the top times in the country in both of his events. His time of 1:53.87 in the 200 breast is currently the seventh fastest time. He is trailing some big time names from programs at Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Cal and Missouri. In the 200 IM, he has the 15th fastest time at 1:43.94. Both of his times are the fastest of any Ivy League swimmer.

Making His Mark – Since his freshman season, Nejc Zupan has been re-writing the Big Green swimming and diving record books. To date, Zupan owns Karl Michael Pool records in the 100 breast and 200 IM and Dartmouth varsity records in the 1000 free, 1650 free, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM. Additionally, he is a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay squads that hold varsity records. Zupan has also made his mark in the Ivy League. At the 2013 championships, he set championship records in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 breast. To date, Zupan has also won six Ivy League titles (1000 free, 1650 free, 400 IM, 200 IM and 200 breast) and has won the 400 IM twice, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Derdeyn and Doherty to Captain Men’s Team – Seniors Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) will serve as co-captains for the men’s team this season.

Lannan Joins Squad as Assistant Coach – Ross Lannan begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Big Green. Lannan comes to Hanover after spending two seasons in the same capacity at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Welcome aboard Coach Lannan!

Wilson Returns for 20th Season- Head Coach Jim Wilson is in his 20th 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 coach Jenn Verser while Chris Hamilton returns as Dartmouth's diving coach. Ross Lannan begins his first season as an assistant coach.

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Season Complete