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Princeton Takes Lead at 2012 Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

Princeton sophomore Paul Noelle captures the 1,000-free.
Princeton sophomore Paul Noelle captures the 1,000-free.

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Night two of the Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships saw several records fall and Princeton take the overall lead at the DeNunzio pool. Additional highlights included the Princeton duo of sophomore Paul Noelle and senior Jon Christensen as well as Harvard sophomore Chris Satterthwaite winning individual titles for the second consecutive finals session.

Princeton, which entered the day 27 points behind Harvard, now sits atop the standings with 1,049.5 points, followed by the Crimson in second with 944 points. Columbia is in third (715.5), followed by Yale (678.5), Dartmouth (506.5), Penn (479), Brown (420.5) and Cornell (377.5).

The Tigers opened the night by winning the 200-medley relay for the third straight year, this time in a pool, meet and Ivy League record of 1:25.89. Harvard finished second in 1:28.06, followed by Yale in third (1:28.72) and Penn in fourth (1:29.04).

The record-setting swims continued as Princeton's Noelle won the 1,000-free in a pool and meet record time of 8:54.86. Yale freshman Rob Harder placed second in 9:04.64 and Harvard freshman Kyle McIntee finished third in 9:06.00. Noelle also won last night's 500-free to become the first two-time individual Ivy Champion of 2012.

Dartmouth sophomore Nejc Zupan won the 400 IM in 3:49.73, followed by Columbia's Rob Eyckmans in second (3:51.11) and Princeton sophomore Daniel Hasler in third (3:51.43). Zupan became Dartmouth's first ever Ivy League Champion in the event. In fact, dating back to 1939 when the Ivy championship meet was part of the EISL meet, a member of the Big Green had never won the 400 IM until Zupan's performance.

Brown turned in a one-two showing in the 100-fly as sophomore Tommy Glenn won in 46.73, followed by freshman teammate Jeffrey Strausser, who placed second in 47.86. Princeton freshman Michael Strand placed third in 47.87. Glenn became Brown's first 100-fly Ivy League Champion since 1999 when Charles Barnes won the last of his two straight titles.

Harvard's Satterthwaite won his second title in as many nights when he took the 200-free in 1:35.05. Princeton junior Will Lawley placed second in 1:36.18 and Princeton senior Colin Cordes took third in 1:36.34. It was Harvard's first title in the event since James Lawler won for the Crimson in 2002.

In the 100-breast, Princeton's Christensen set a meet, pool and Ivy League record in prelims with a 52.86, a mark also good for an NCAA 'A' cut by .01. Then in the finals, he swam the exact same time to take the Ivy title, his second Ivy title in as many nights. Harvard freshman Chuck Katis took second (53.17) and Penn senior Brendan McHugh placed third (53.93).

In the 100-back, Columbia freshman Omar Arfafa placed first for the Lions' first win of  the 2012 Championship, finishing in 47.35. Princeton's Strand placed second (47.49) and Princeton junior Kaspar Raigla finished third (48.41). Arfafa became Columbia's third all-time winner in the event, joining Reid Evans (2002) and Matt Schultz (2000).

The night closed with the 800-free relay, which turned out to be a hotly contested race right down to the final touch in which Cordes beat out a final charge by Satterthwaite. Princeton took the title in 6:26.86, Harvard placed second (6:26.90) and Columbia finished third (6:29.72).

The 2012 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships conclude tomorrow, March 3 with prelims slated to begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the deciding championship finals session at 6:00 p.m.

Team Standings (through the 800-free relay)
1. Princeton -- 1049.5
2. Harvard -- 944
3. Columbia -- 715.5
4. Yale -- 678.5
5. Dartmouth -- 506.5
6. Penn -- 479
7. Brown -- 420.5
8. Cornell -- 377.5