HONOLULU, Hawaii – To wrap up its two weeks in paradise, the Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving team took on the University of Hawaii in a dual meet. The meet was close, but the host ultimately won, 184-113.
The Big Green’s three divers performed well on both boards. On 3-meter, Taylor Clough finished highest for Dartmouth in second (297.70) and was followed by Ray Neistat in fourth (275.70) and AJ Krok in fifth place (248.05). Later that day on the 1-meter board, it was Krok that placed highest for the Green, finishing in third (280.55). Neistat was fourth (279.95) and Clough took fifth (261.95).
Dartmouth started the meet off strongly in the 200-yard medley relay. The B relay – composed of Tony Shen, James Flood, Henry Patrick and Tang-e Tan – touched in second place (1:36.01), finishing less than three seconds behind Hawaii in first. The Green’s A relay, which was made up of Robert Purvis, Timo Vaimann, David Harmon and Will Belmont, followed very soon after in third (1:36.34).
In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Jack Long crushed his time from last season by 20 seconds to finish in second place (10:05.21). Joby Bernstein took third (10:18.33), out-touching Christian Manicki by half a second. Four Dartmouth swimmers finished in a row in the 200-yard freestyle. Josh Hendell led the way with a third-place finish (1:45.34) and was followed by Carter Jacobsen (1:45.93), John Hall (1:49.58) and Jorge Siwady (1:49.61).
One highlight of the meet was Vaimann and Hendell finishing less than half a second apart in the 100-yard breaststroke to take the top two spots in the event. Vaimann swam a 58.55, while Hendell touched in 58.98. Another highlight came later on in the day in the 200-yard backstroke when Flood, Paul Cane and Delaney Hall took the top three spots. Flood was first (2:07.58), Cane took second (2:08.46) and Hall was third (2:08.91).
Shen and Flood swam the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in third (53.02) and fifth (54.59), respectively. A few events later, Shen swam the 100-yard freestyle and took third (47.60). Belmont also swam the event and placed fifth (48.08). Purvis was the first of four Dartmouth swimmers to finish in the 200-yard butterfly. He was third (1:55.08) and was followed by Harmon (1:55.81), Bernstein (1:59.19) and Brett Seeley-Hacker (2:01.40).
In the 50-yard freestyle, Patrick and Belmont finished two-tenths of a second apart. Patrick was second (21.57) and Belmont touched in third place (21.79). For his first event of the day, Henry Senkfor swam the 200-yard backstroke and placed third (1:56.01). He returned a few events later to take second in the 200-yard IM (1:55.19). Iain Edmundson also swam the event, taking third (1:57.94).
In the 500-yard freestyle, Hendell had another good swim and took second (4:35.99). Jacobsen was third (4:50.99), Bernstein was fourth (4:52.09) and Siwady took fifth (4:52.47). Harmon placed second in the 100-yard fly (50.62).
To end the day, Dartmouth A placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:11.34), out-touching Hawaii by four seconds. The Big Green’s B relay followed in fourth (3:19.27).
On Friday, Jan. 6, Dartmouth will head to New Haven, Connecticut, to face Yale and Penn in an Ivy League tri-meet.