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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 CollegeSwimming.com 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)

Brown
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.

Columbia
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.

Cornell
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.

Dartmouth
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. 

Harvard
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.

Penn
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.

Princeton
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.

Yale
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.