HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2016-17 season at home on Friday in a tri-meet against Ivy League rivals Harvard and Cornell. The Big Green fell to both the Crimson (198-96) and the Big Red (176-123), although the latter was very close.
Dartmouth’s divers got things started on the 3-meter board. AJ Krok finished highest in third (324.25), qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship, which will take place at the end of the season. Taylor Clough followed in fifth (304.55) and Ray Neistat was sixth (276.55) in his collegiate debut. Later on in the day on the 1-meter board, Krok was third once again (294.80), while Clough was fifth (286.00) and Neistat took seventh (254.95).
In the 200-yard medley relay, the Big Green took sixth (1:35.43) and seventh (1:39.05). Josh Hendell made a splash in his first meet of his college career by winning the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:28.31), leaving over six seconds between him and Kent Haeffner of Harvard. Tony Shen placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.35), finishing just two seconds behind Harvard’s Zach Snyder.
Four of Dartmouth’s swimmers finished in a row in the 100-yard breaststroke: Delaney Hall led the charge in sixth (58.49) and was followed by Patrick Kang (59.37), Timo Vaimann (59.41) and James Flood (1:00.27). David Harmon was third in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.90), touching just eight-tenths of a second behind the first-place finisher. Harmon also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly (50.14).
Shen and Henry Senkfor were less than a second apart in the 200-yard backstroke, with Shen taking fourth (1:55.68) and Senkfor following in fifth (1:56.29). That duo was back at it in the 200-yard IM; Shen was second (1:56.54), while Senkfor touched just over half a second later to take third (1:57.13). In the 500-yard freestyle, Hendell was third (4:39.01), finishing less than 10 seconds out of first.
To close the afternoon, Dartmouth’s A relay – made up of Will Belmont, Henry Patrick, John Hall and Shen – placed third (3:13.40), out-touching Cornell by six one-hundredths of a second. The Big Green’s B relay followed in fifth (3:17.47).
Dartmouth will return to the water on Dec. 2 for the three-day Big Al Invitational at Brown.