PRINCETON, N.J. – Connor LaMastra broke the Dartmouth record in the 200-yard fly on the final day of the Big Al Invitational on Sunday. Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving finished in seventh place with 204 points, 20 ahead of Rider in eighth.
Bruno Korbar finished highest of the six Dartmouth swimmers entered in the 1650-yard freestyle, taking 11th (15:53.06) and picking up six points. He was followed by Stas Van Genderen (16:06.96), LaMastra (16:15.50), Brett Seeley-Hacker (16:20.50), Josh Hendell (16:22.49) and Zach Browne (16:58.58).
In the 200-yard backstroke, Henry Senkfor took 15th (1:50.39). He swam a 1:49.70 at prelims that morning. John Hall swam the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 19th place (2:05.37), leaving almost a full second between him and William & Mary’s Ben Skopic in 20th.
LaMastra broke the Dartmouth record in the 200-yard fly (1:47.62) by over a second, out-touching Matt Harrington of Princeton by two full seconds. That record had held for three years. Robert Purvis and JP Mortenson finished in 20th and 21st with times of 1:52.04 and 1:53.48, respectively. All three Big Green swimmers saw improvements from the morning.
To wrap up the weekend, Dartmouth placed 10th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:04.54) for 14 points. Made up of Brandon Liao, Hall, LaMastra and Henry Patrick, the relay finished just eight one-hundredths of a second ahead of Johns Hopkins.
The Big Green will have a month away from competition, returning to host Penn and Yale on Jan. 6-7.