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December 12, 2011

Men's Swimming and Diving Update 2

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men’s swimming and diving season has reached the winter break, with last Friday’s dual meet between Harvard and Columbia marking the last event of 2011.

The Crimson came away with a 206-92 win in New York, N.Y., to move to 3-0 on the year, and to extend its dual meet win streak to 12 (including 10 straight versus Ivy competition). Freshman Chuck Katis led Harvard to its latest win by setting three Uris pool records, the first of which came in the 100 breast, which he swam in 55.18 to break a record that had stood since 1993.

On Dec. 3, Yale posted a 176-112 win over UMass to improve to 2-0 at the break. In the home win, the Bulldog freshman 800-yard freestyle relay team of Josh Ginsborg (1:40.91), Andrew Heymann (1:40.69), Alwin Firmansyah (1:41.72), and Rob Harder (1:40.26) won in a time of 6:43.58 to shatter a 35-year old Kiphuth Exhibition Pool record by more than six seconds.

As part of Princeton’s Big Al Open, the Tigers picked up a dual meet win over Brown, 167-74 to move to 3-0 (overall and Ivy) on the season.

With the invitational portion of the 2011-12 season coming to a close, the teams break for various winter training trips and then return to dual and tri-meet action in early January. The teams will be building towards the 2012 Ivy League Championships, which will take place March 1-3 at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J.

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). The next set of CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Rankings will be released after the Dec. 13 post-invite submission deadline.

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 took part in Princeton’s Big Al open on Dec. 1-4 to close out their first semester … with 519 points, the Bears finished third out of nine teams … sophomore Tommy Glenn led the Bears with wins in the 100 free (49.49) and the 200 fly (NCAA B cut time of 1:45.69) … Glenn also had second-place showings in the 500 free (4:32.14) and the 200 free (1:39.08) … senior James Hunter took second in the 100 free (45.63) … Brown returns from break on Jan. 4 when it faces Penn and Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.

Columbia
The Lions swam in Princeton’s Big Al open on Dec. 1-4 and, with 691 points, turned in a second-place finish in the nine-team field … at the Big Al, sophomore Harry Stephenson placed second in the 1650-yard free (16:00.94) and freshman David Jakl palced third in the 500-free (4:34.61) ... Columbia then dropped a 206-92 decision versus Harvard on Dec. 10 to close out the 2011 portion of its schedule with a 2-2 mark on the season (1-2 Ivy League) … against the Crimson, Jeremie DeZwirek took first in the 200-yard backstroke (1:48.19) ... junior Jason Collazo placed second in both the one-meter (314.70 points) and three-meter (333.75) diving events … Jakl placed second in the 200-free (1:41.79) … the Lions return from their break on Jan. 15 when they swim in a dual meet at Bucknell.

Cornell
The Big Red won the inaugural Ithaca College Invitational, which took place on Dec. 2-4, to close out the 2011 portion of its schedule ... Cornell recorded 1,996 points, besting runner-up Hartwick by 594.5 points … all told the, the Big Red won nine events, including James Keady’s win in the 50-free (21.23), Harry Harpham’s victory in the 400 IM (4:12.34) and diver Phillip Truong winning on both the one-meter (483.90 points) and three-meter boards (528.55 points) … Cornell opens 2012 with a dual meet at Yale on Jan. 7.

Dartmouth
The Big Green’s 184-111 win over Brown on Nov. 19 marked the end of its 2011 schedule … Dartmouth’s schedule resumes on Jan. 14 when it plays host to an Ivy tri-meet that also includes Yale and Penn. 

Harvard
On Dec. 1-4, the Crimson took part in the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Ga. … Kyle McIntee led Harvard with a 10th-place finish in the C finals of the 400 free (4:07.61) … Harvard’s divers took part in the Texas Invitational on Dec. 1-3, turning in a ninth-place showing … five divers reached various finals and on the one-meter board, George Doran placed fifth (finals score of 290.35) and on the three-meter board, Joe Zarrella finished fifth (finals score of 330.40) … in the Crimson’s 206-92 win at Columbia on Dec. 10, freshman Chuck Katis set pool records in the 100-breast (55.18), the 200-breast (2:00.76) and the 200 IM (1:48.56) … Harvard combined for six 1-2-3 finishes in its win over the Lions … Harvard enters 2012 having won 12 consecutive dual meets (and 10 straight against Ivy competition) … the Crimson are back in action on Jan. 12 with a dual meet against Connecticut that will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Penn
The Quakers took part in the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon on Dec. 2 and 3, where they finished first out of five teams … Penn won the event for the second year in a row, besting second-place Kenyon by 356 points … senior Brendan McHugh set school records in the 100-breast (53.04) and the 200-breast (1:56.16) in preliminary swims before cruising to finals wins in both those events … McHugh also set meet and pool records in the 200 IM, winning in a time of 1:49.13 … freshman Eric Vanden Noort won the 500-free (4:32.69) and the 1650-free (15:41.53) … the Quakers return from break on Jan. 4 when they face Brown and Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.

Princeton
The Tigers closed out the 2011 with a first-place finish at its Big Al Open ... Princeton claimed first with 1,377 points in the nine-team field and bested second-place Columbia by 686 points … all told, Princeton won 17 events over the course of the three-day event … as part of the event, the Tigers picked up a dual meet win versus Ivy foe Brown, 167-74 … Paul Nolle won the mile by 43 seconds in a time of 15:17.24 … freshman Connor Maher win the 200-back (1:46.95) and fellow freshman Harrison Wagner took the 100-free (45.27) … the Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 200-breast, with reigning Ivy League champion Jon Christensen winning (1:56.91) … Princeton returns from break on Jan. 7 when it travels to Annapolis, Md. to face Navy in a dual meet.

Yale
The Bulldogs downed UMass, 176-112, on Dec. 4 to close out its 2011 slate with a 2-0 dual meet record (1-0 Ivy) … the win came in Yale’s home-opening event of the 2011-12 season … junior Colton Staab took first in three-meter diving with a score of 307.73 … Yale’s freshmen class led the Bulldogs in the swimming portion of the meet, including Robby Harder’s wins in the 1000-yard frees (9:37.88) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.02) … freshman Josh Ginsborg won the 200-yard free (1:40.17) and classmate Mike Lazris won the 100-yard backstroke (51.43) … freshmen Andrew Heymann won the 100-yard breaststroke (57.10) … in the 200-yard butterfly, freshman Alwin Firmansyah also added a win (1:51.05) … Yale returns from the break on Jan. 7 when it plays host to Cornell in its final home event of the season … the Cornell event begins a slate of five consecutive Ivy League events in a row for the Bulldogs that culminates with the 2012 Ivy League Championships.