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Men's Swimming & Diving Update 5

Penn's Jeff Cragg.
Penn's Jeff Cragg.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men’s swimming and diving teams have concluded the regular-season portion of their schedule, with Princeton claiming the dual season Ivy League title on the strength of a 7-0 mark in League meets.

Princeton clinched the outright title, for which they will be awarded the EISL Men’s Swimming and Diving Trophy at the 2012 Ivy League Championships, with a 172-120 win over Columbia on Feb. 10. Harvard placed second with a 6-1 mark versus League opponents.  

The Ivy teams will now begin final preparations for the 2012 Ivy League Championships, which will take place March 1-3 at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J. At the 2011 Championship, Princeton held off a captivating late charge by Harvard to claim its third-consecutive Ivy League title, edging the Crimson by just 5.5 points.

The third set of the Mid-Major Division I Rankings were released on Feb. 9 with Princeton leading the way in the No. 1 position and Harvard moving up a few places to No. 2. Columbia, now ranked 16th, and Dartmouth, now 24th, also remained in the top-25.  

Ivies in the Mid-Major rankings
1. Princeton (256.34 points)
2. Harvard (248.59)
16. Columbia (227.16)
24. Dartmouth (215.63)

The Bears posted a 1-6 mark versus Ivy teams this season, with their win coming on Feb. 4 when they edged Cornell, 155-145 in Ithaca, N.Y. … junior Mike McVicker came up with wins in the 100-breast, and the 200-breast (2:05.70) and sophomore Tommy Glenn posted wins in the 200-fly (1:49.61) and the 500-free (4:36.45) to lead Brown to the win … the Bears closed their regular-season with a 180-120 loss to Yale on Feb. 11 … senior Jon Feldman posted the high score on the one-meter boards for Brown with 296.10 points ... Glenn also won the 200-fly (1:50.18) and the 100-fly (49.52) … Glenn’s win in the 100-fly came by a narrow .23 second over Yale senior Goksu Bicer setting up what could be a showdown for the 100-fly Ivy title in a few weeks as Glenn has the fastest Ivy time this season in the event (47.57) and Bicer has the third-fastest (48.98).

The Lions posted a 4-3 Ivy record and a 7-4 mark overall in dual meets after ending the regular-season with a weekend split versus Princeton (L, 172-120) and Dartmouth (W, 174-123) on Feb. 10 and 11 ... versus the Tigers, freshman Alex Ngan won the 50-free (20.86), freshman Michah Rembrandt picked up a win in one-meter diving (301.64 points) and sophomore Eric Traub followed with a win in the 200 IM (1:53.7) … then against Dartmouth, junior diver Jason Collazo swept the diving events with 321.45 points on the three-meter boards and 303.83 points on the one-meter boards ... freshman Dominik Koll won the 1,000-free in a time of 9:27.00, the third-fastest time in the League this season.

The Big Red finished the regular season with a 0-7 mark in the Ivy standings and a 1-7 overall record … most recently Cornell suffered a narrow defeat to Brown, 155-145, on Feb. 5 … the Bears won that dual meet on the final relay … sophomore diver Phillip Truong won both the one-meter (298.57 points) and three-meter (358.72) competitions ... also against the Bears, senior Jake Sangren won the 100-back (50.28) and junior Chris Myers captured the 50-free (21.26).

The Big Green closed out its regular-season with a loss at Columbia, 174-123, on Feb. 11, moving its record to 2-5 within the League … the two Ivy wins mark Dartmouth’s highest total since it went 3-6 in the 2003-04 season … junior Albert Roth had a big day versus the Lions as he won three events, including the 200-fly (1:51.44), the 200-breast (2:06.36) and the 200 IM (1:53.19) … senior John Hill also posted personal bests the 200-free (1:40.61) and the 100-free (46.47) to take runner-up honors in both events.

The Crimson finished the dual meet season with a 6-2 overall record, including a 6-1 mark versus Ivy opposition … Harvard carried a 4-0 record into the HYP meet it hosted on Feb. 3-4, where it beat Yale (268-85) but lost to Princeton (207-146) … freshman Chuck Katis won the 200 IM in a personal best 1:47.06 and freshman Kyle McIntee won the 500-free (4:28.31) … the Crimson then closed out the regular-season with a 168-130 win at Penn for its 38th-consecutive win versus the Quakers … senior Niall Janney took the 400 IM in a Sheerr Pool record time of 3:58.11 … the Crimson also set a Sheerr Pool record when the 400-free relay team of sophomores Spenser Goodman, Oliver Lee, Chris Satterthwaite and freshman Griffin Schumacher won in a time of 3:01.18 … Harvard won 10 of 16 events against Penn, including 1-2-3 finishes in the 100-back and 100-free.

The Quakers ended the dual meet season with a 3-4 mark in the League and an 8-4 overall record … most recently, Penn suffered a 168-130 defeat on Feb. 11 at Penn’s Sheerr Pool ... the much-anticipated matchup between Penn senior Brendan McHugh and Harvard's Chuck Katis in the breaststroke did not materialize as Katis was entered into other events, allowing McHugh to coast to victory in the 100-breast (55.39), but that will certainly be a must-see race at the upcoming Ivy Championships as Princeton senior Jon Christensen could join McHugh and Katis in a talented field … McHugh also won the 200-breast (2:02.16) versus Harvard, while  sophomore Rhoads Worster won the 100-fly in a personal best time of 49.72 … in Penn’s wins over UMBC (158-141) and La Salle (175-125) on Feb. 4, senior diver Jeff Cragg broke his father’s school record in three-meter diving when he totaled 357.05 points to take the event … the record had stood since 1974.

The Tigers turned in a sweep at the annual HYP showdown on Feb. 3 and 4 and followed with a home win over Columbia, 172-120, on Feb. 10 to post a perfect 7-0 Ivy League dual meet record … at the HYP meet, which took place at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, freshman Harrison Wagner had a strong showing in the sprint events as he captured the 50- and 100-free races in 20.11 and 43.99, respectively ... senior Colin Cordes also had two wins versus Harvard and Princeton, including the 200-free (1:37.91) and the 200-back (1:46.70)… also at the HYP meet, Christensen (53.83) outdueled Harvard freshman Chuck Katis (54.29) in the 100-breast … versus the Lions, it was Robert Coe who turned in a pair of wins as the senior won the 100-back (50.96) and the 200-back (1:50.78) … not only are the Tigers ranked first in the Mid-Major Division I Rankings, but they are also 24th in the latest Coaches Poll … Princeton heads to the Ivy League Championship looking for a fourth consecutive title, a feat that has not been accomplished since Harvard won six in a row from 1996-2001.

The Bulldogs finished with a 5-2 record in Ivy dual meet competition, the third-best mark in the League ... overall, Yale improved from 2-8 last year to 6-2 this season … the Bulldogs capped their regular-season with a win over Brown on Feb. 11 by the score of 180-120 … Yale set two pool records in the win, which took place at the University of Rhode Island’s pool in Kingston, R.I. … the record-setting swims came in the 200-medley relay (1:34.90) and the 200-backstroke, which freshman Rob Harder won in 1:49.91 … Harder also won the 1,000-free … the most impressive event for the Bulldogs was the 500-free, where they turned in a 1-2-3-4 finish, led by freshman Josh Ginsborg, who placed first (4:35.30), and sophomore West Cuthbert, who took second (4:49.60).