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December 7, 2010

Men's Swimming and Diving Update 1

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men's swimming and diving teams have completed the first semester portion of their respective schedules. The Harvard Crimson are off to an impressive start, posting a 5-0 overall record and a 3-0 mark against fellow Ivy League teams. Princeton and Columbia have each recorded two Ivy League wins. What follows is a team-by-team lap around the Ivy League and a quick look a when the teams will be returning to the pool.

The 2011 men's swimming and diving Ivy League Championships will take place on March 3-5 at Harvard's Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.

Brown (2-1, 0-1 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Bears opened their 2010-11 season with a 153-61 win over Bryant and followed with a 157-61 win over Providence College. Brown then opened its Ivy slate and were narrowly edged by Dartmouth, 151-149. Most recently, Brown finished fourth at Princeton's Big Al Invitational.

Individual Highlights: Versus Dartmouth, Brown boasted the first and second place finishers in three events. James Hunter and Timothy Juhn finished 1-2 in the 100 free, Conor Carlucci and Michael McVicker did so in the 100 breast and Carlucci and Glenn Thomas finished 1-2 in the 100 fly. At the Big Al Invite, Glenn captured the silver medal in the 200 butterfly.

Brown's Return To The Pool: Jan. 5, 2011 vs. Penn (Miami, Fla.)

Columbia (3-1, 2-1 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Lions opened the 2010-11 season with a 198.5 - 101.5 win over Penn and followed with a 177-122 win over Yale. Then, in a matchup featuring two teams with 2-0 Ivy League records at the time, Columbia fell at Harvard, 196-102. The Lions rebounded with a 174-126 win at Army and also finished third at the Princeton Invitational.

Individual Highlights: Adam Powell won the 400 free at the 2010 Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J. At the same event, Powell combined with Eric Taub, John Wright and Daniel Tan to take the 400 free relay, besting teams from Princeton, Brown and the University of Florida. Powell, Bruno Esquen, Sean MacKenzie and Traub were all double winners for the Lions in the win over Army, including Esquen wining in the 200 butterfly, and Powell taking the top spot in the 50 free.

Columbia's Return To The Pool: Jan. 16, 2011 vs. Bucknell (New York, N.Y.)

Cornell (3-2, 2-2 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Big Red opened the year with an Ivy League split, as they defeated Dartmouth, 173-125, but fell to Harvard, 216-82, on Nov. 13 in Hanover, N.H. Then on Nov. 20, Cornell split another pair of Ivy decisions at home, dropping a 192-100 decision to Princeton and defeating Penn, 172-120. Most recently, Cornell earned a win at Binghamton, 154-146.  

Individual Highlights: In its season-opening tri-meet with Dartmouth and Harvard, Phillip Truong placed first in the 3-meter diving competition, while Taylor Wilson had a pair of runner-up finishes. Truong, a freshman, posted a score of 320.0, the third-highest score in Cornell history and the highest ever for a freshman. Then in Cornell's tri-meet with Penn and Princeton, Jake Sangren won the 100 back, James Keady and Steven Kwartler placed 1-2 in the 50 free, and Truong won the 3-meter diving competition.

Cornell's Return To The Pool: Jan. 8, 2011 vs. Yale (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Dartmouth (1-2, 1-2 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Big Green opened the 2010-11 season with three consecutive Ivy matchups. Dartmouth fell to Cornell, 173-125, and Harvard, 222-78, before earning its first win of the season over Brown. In the win over Brown, Dartmouth edged the Bears, 151-149, by taking first and third place in the 400-freestyle, which was the last race of the meet.

Individual Highlights: Nejc Zupan turned in the first place showing and Danny Fujinaka placed third in the decisive 400 freestyle race versus Brown. Zupan also turned in victories versus Harvard in the 500-freestyle and the 1000-yard freestyle. Versus the Big Red, Will Derdeyn and Albert Roth finished first and second in the 100-yard butterfly.

Dartmouth's Return To The Pool: Jan. 23, 2011 at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.)

Harvard (5-0, 3-0 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Crimson have opened the 2010-11 season with five consecutive wins, including three Ivy League triumphs. First, Harvard downed Dartmouth, 222-78, and also got past Cornell, 216-82 in Hanover, N.H. Harvard then played host to Columbia in a contest of 2-0 Ivy League teams and downed the Lions, 196-102. The Crimson then closed out the first semester with non-conference wins at Boston University, 156-106, and at Connecticut, 182-118.

Individual Highlights: Versus Dartmouth and Cornell, the Crimson combined for 13 of 16 wins. Most recently against Connecticut, Gregory Roop led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, Owen Wurzbacher earned a win in the 100 breaststroke, Nicholas Tan and Niall Janney registered a 1-2 finish in the 200 butterfly and Oliver Lee took the 50 free event.

Harvard's Return To The Pool: Jan. 21, 2011 vs. Brown (Providence, R.I.)

Penn (0-4, 0-3 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Quakers opened their 2010-11 season with a loss at Columbia, 198.5-101.5 and then fell to Connecticut 175-125. Penn also dropped Ivy League decisions to Cornell, 172-120, and Princeton, 220-67, in a tri-meet at Cornell on Nov. 20. Most recently, the Quakers bounced back to finish first out of six teams at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College.

Individual Highlights: Against Cornell and Princeton, three of Penn's four top-three finishes on the day came from Brendan McHugh, including the 100-yard breaststroke. At the Total Performance Invitational, Penn recorded three first place finishes on the final day with two coming from McHugh, won the 200-yard breast and also captured first in the 200-yard I.M. Rhoads Worster won the 200-yard back on the final day of the Total Performance Invitational as well.

Penn's Return To The Pool: Jan. 5, 2011 vs. Brown (Miami, Fla.)

Princeton (2-0, 2-0 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Tigers have jumped out to a 2-0 record to start their 2010-11 season by downing Ivy League foes Cornell, 192-100, and Penn, 233-67. Princeton also finished third at Virginia's Fall Invitational and placed first at its own Big Al Open.

Individual Highlights: Collin Hanna won a combined three events versus Cornell and Penn to lead the Tigers. Stevie Vines placed first in 1-meter diving versus Cornell and Penn as well. At that tri-meet, Jon Christensen turned in a first place performance in the 100-yard breastroke, an event he also won at the UVA Fall Invitational. Brett Lullo captured the 200 fly in the wins over Cornell and Penn.

Princeton's Return To The Pool: Jan. 23, 2011 vs. Dartmouth (Princeton, N.J.)

Yale (0-2, 0-1 Ivy League)
Team Results: The Bulldogs opened the 2010-11 season at Columbia and dropped 177-122 contest to the Lions. The Bulldogs then took part in the three-day Terrier Invite, which was hosted by Boston University, and turned in a fourth place showing. Next, Yale lost at Massachusetts, 177-118.

Individual Highlights: Matt Lee and Christopher Luu led the Bulldogs against Columbia. Lee got Yale first outright win of the season, taking the 1000-yard freestyle and he also finished second in the 500-free. Luu won the 200-yard breast and took second in the 100-breast. Four Bulldogs, including Mike Bogese (1000-yard freestyle), Kyle Veatch (100-yard freestyle), Goksu Bicer (100-yard butterfly) and Jared Lovett (200-yard IM) turned in first-place finishes in the loss to UMass. Lee also highlighted Yale's performance at the Terrier Invite by taking first overall in the 1650-yard freestyle.

Yale's Return To The Pool: Jan. 8, 2011 at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.)