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Men's Swimming and Diving Update 1

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With each of the Ivy League men’s swimming and diving teams having taken part in at least one conference meet, its time to take a look at where the teams stand in the early going of the 2011-12 season.

Princeton and Harvard, who finished one-two at last season’s Ivy League Championship, have both jumped out to 2-0 starts within the League. The Tigers have recorded wins over Cornell and Penn, while Harvard has downed Cornell and Dartmouth. Yale also checks in with an unbeaten mark, standing at 1-0 on the early going by virtue of its defeat of Columbia.

The Big Green has also gotten off to a solid start, posting a 2-1 record including wins over Cornell and Brown, while Columbia has a 1-1 mark, including a win over Penn.

After a series of invitationals and championship-style events in the coming week, the final Ivy dual meet of 2011 will take place when Columbia hosts Harvard on Dec. 10.

The first Mid-Major Division I Ranking were released on Nov. 17, with Harvard and Princeton topping the poll on the men's side (points in parentheses):

Ivies in the Mid-Major rankings
1. Harvard (233.23)
2. Princeton (230.29)
8. Columbia (219.57)
12. Dartmouth (215.63)

The Bears lost at Dartmouth on Nov. 19 in their first meet of the year (184 - 111) … senior James Hunter finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.32 to win the race by more than a second … sophomore Tommy Glenn won the 200-yard fly in 1:50.41 and also won the 100-yard fly in 49.49.

The Lions opened their season with a 154-146 win at Penn on Nov. 11 in a meet that came down to the last relay … individual wins versus the Quakers included David Jakl winning the 200-free in 1:42.05 and Omar Arafa winning the 100-back in 51.22  … Columbia moved to 1-1 on the year (and in the League standings) when it dropped a home decision to Yale (178-122) on Nov. 12 … the meet versus the Bulldogs opened with Jason Collazo taking the top spot with a final score of 309.75on the 3m boards and Micah Rembrandt finishing second with 302.63 points for a 1-2 finish by the Lions … Jeremie DeZwirek won the 200-back in a time of 1:49.51 … the Lions moved back over .500 with a home win over Army (171-124) on Nov. 19 … Columbia won 12 of the 16 events versus Army, highlighted by sophomore Harry Stephenson’s wins in the 1000 and 500 free.

The Big Red opened its season with a pair of losses to Harvard (227.5-72.5) and Dartmouth (187-113) on Nov. 12 in Cambridge, Mass. … Cornell then suffered losses to Princeton (192-88) and Penn (179.5-101.5) on Nov. 19 in Philadelphia, Pa. … against Harvard and Dartmouth, Eric May paced Cornell by placing second in the 100-yard breast (58.64) and the 200-yard breast (2:09.26) … versus Penn and Princeton, seniors Jake Sangren and Julian Chan led the Big Red, with Sangren coming in second in the 100-yard backstroke (first against Penn) and Chan placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke (first against Princeton) … the Big Red will swim at Ithaca College Invitational on Dec. 2-4 before its winter break.

The Big Green opened its season with a split at Harvard’s Blodgett pool on Nov. 12, defeating Cornell (187.0-113.0) but losing to the Crimson (180.5-119.5) … the win over Cornell was Dartmouth's first over the Big Red in 35 years … Nejc Zupan won the 1,000-free with a time of 9:25.33 … Zupan also won the 500-free in a time of 4:33.30 … Dartmouth went 1-2-3 in the 100-fly, led by first-place finisher Will Dreyden, who won in 49.71 … the Big Green then recorded a home-opening win over Brown (184-111) on Nov. 19 ... Ryan Shelley finished first on the three meter boards with a score of 317.78 … Zupan won the 1000-meter free for the second consecutive week in a time of 9:39.02 and followed with win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.40 … Michael Ahern won the 100 back with a time of 50.73. 

The Crimson opened its season on Nov. 12 with home wins over Ivy foes Cornell (227.5-72.5) and Dartmouth (180.5-119.5) … the victories moved Harvard’s dual meet winning streak to 11 (including nine straight wins versus League opponents) … the Crimson won 11 of 16 events versus Cornell and Dartmouth … Harvard had a 1-2 finish in the 200-free, as freshman Zach Walters swam a 1:40.85 for the win and sophomore Spenser Goodman took second in 1:42.07 … most recently, the Crimson finished fifth with 280 points at the UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Nov. 17-19 … all told eight teams competed at the event … freshman diver Mike Mosca turned in a strong showing, placing fourth in the one-meter dive and fifth in the three-meter dive.

The Quakers opened their season on Nov. 11 with a home loss to Columbia (154-146) … Penn did win ten of sixteen events versus the Lions … Brendan McHugh led the way with three event wins on the night, touching the wall first in the 100 (56.24) and 200 Breaststroke (2:06.64), as well as the 200 IM … Rhoads Worster added wins in the 100 and 200 Fly with times of 50.77 and 1:53.01 … Penn recorded its first win on Nov. 13 in Storrs, Conn. when it downed Connecticut (177-123) … Cam Hood won the 1000 free versus the Huskies in 9:40.15 and Jeff Cragg won both the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions … the Quakers returned to Ivy action on Nov. 18 when it played host to Princeton and Cornell on Nov. 18 … Penn fell to Princeton (168-112), but defeated Cornell (179.5-101.5) … McHugh won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke races.

The Tigers opened the year with at their own Princeton Open on Nov. 11 and 12 … Princeton followed up with wins over Penn (168-112) and Cornell (192-88) on November 19 in a tri-meet that was contested in Philadelphia, Pa. … five Tiger freshmen won a total of seven individual events to help Princeton sweep Cornell and Penn in its first Ivy League contests of the season … versus Cornell and Penn, Michael Strand, Brian Barrett, Mike Monovoukas and Harrison Wagner won the 200 medley relay in 1:32.14 to set a Penn pool record … junior diver Stevie Vines won the 1-meter competition with 292.30 points and followed with a win in the 3-meter competition with 328.65 points.

The Bulldogs opened the season with a win at Columbia, 178-122 … all told, Yale freshmen took home six individual wins versus the Lions and junior transfer Paschall Davis grabbed another to make it seven wins for Bulldog newcomers … in the 200-yard butterfly, reigning Ivy League champion Goksu Bicer took first … Yale also took part in Boston University's Terrier Invitational (Nov. 18-20), where the Bulldogs finished atop a field of 10 teams with a score of 800 … Yale finished 88 points ahead of the second-place finisher Boston College … freshmen Robby Harder and Alwin Firmansyah recorded four individual wins apiece at the BU Terrier Invite for the Bulldogs.