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Men's Swimming & Diving Update 3

Princeton's Jon Christensen
Princeton's Jon Christensen

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second half of the 2011-2012 portion of the Ivy League men’s swimming and diving schedule is underway, with Penn, Brown, Princeton, Yale and Cornell all having returned to the pool in the New Year.

Penn and Brown kicked things off on Jan. 4 by taking part in a tri-meet that also involved Florida Atlantic, with the Quakers coming away with two wins on that day. Then on Jan. 7, Princeton edged Navy, 152.5-147.5, and Yale downed Cornell, 204.5-95.5. The win by Yale moved the Bulldogs to 2-0 in the Ivy standings as they look to keep pace with Harvard and Princeton, who are tied for first with 3-0 Ivy marks.

The Ivy teams will be focused on the dual and tri-meet schedule in the coming weeks before turning their attention to the 2012 Ivy League Championships, which will take place March 1-3 at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J.

The second set of Mid-Major Division I Rankings were released on Dec. 15. Princeton moved up one spot to take over the No. 1 ranking from Harvard, which moved to No. 4. Columbia remained in the rankings, dropping to No. 14, while Dartmouth moved from 12th to 19th. The next set of Mid-Major Division I Rankings will be released after the Feb. 7 pre-conference championship submission deadline.

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

The Bears returned from break on Jan. 4 with losses to Penn, 177-104, and Florida Atlantic, 160-113, in Boca Raton, Fla. … senior James Hunter took the title in the 200-free in a time of 1:45.04 and then went on to take first in the 100-free, finishing with a time of 47.38 … sophomore Tommy Glenn recorded a first-place finish for the Bears in the 500-free, touching the wall in 4:44.98 … the Bears are back in action on Jan. 19 when they swim at League foe Harvard.

The Lions return from their break on Jan. 15 when they swim in a dual meet at Bucknell.

The Big Red opened 2012 with a dual meet loss at Yale on Jan. 7, falling 204.5-95.5 … Cornell won four events in the loss, including sophomore diver Phillip Truong placing first on the one-meter boards with a score of 301.43 … sophomores Harry Harpham and Ben Catanese tied for first in the 200-fly as each swimmer touched in at 1:53.84 … rounding out the Cornell winners, junior Mark Stepanian won the 50-free (22.05) and senior Jake Sangren took first in the 100-back (50.95) … the Big Red swims next at Colgate on Jan. 14.

Dartmouth’s schedule resumes on Jan. 14 when it plays host to an Ivy tri-meet that also includes Yale and Penn. 

The Crimson are back in action on Jan. 19 when it plays host to Brown.

The Quakers opened the 2012 portion of their schedule on Jan. 4 with a pair of wins over Brown, 177-104, and Florida Atlantic, 179-99, in Boca Raton, Fla. … in impressive fashion, Penn had the top-five finishers in the 1,000-free, including senior Cam Hood, who won the event with a time of 9:44.08 ... senior Brendan McHugh won the 100-breast (56.58) and the 200-breast (2:06.38) … other Penn highlights included senior Jeff Cragg’s win on one-meter boards with a score of 301.45 … the Quakers are back in action on Jan. 14 when they swim in a tri-meet with League opponents Dartmouth and Yale in Hanover, N.H.

The Tigers returned from break on Jan. 7 by edging Navy in a meet that came down to the last event, 152.5-147.5, in Annapolis, Md. … senior Jon Christensen paced the Princeton effort by winning three events, including the 100-breast (1:01.15), the 200-breast (2:15.04) and the 200 IM (2:01.94) … junior Stevie Vines secured valuable points for Princeton late in the meet by winning on the three-meter boards, besting second-place finisher Ben Freedman of Navy, 292.50-292.25 … The Tigers are off until Jan. 29 when they travel to Hanover, N.H to swim against Dartmouth.

The Bulldogs downed Cornell, 204.5-95.5, on Jan. 7 to open the 2012 portion of their schedule … freshman Josh Ginsborg turned in first-place showings in the 1,000-free (9:29.70) and the 100-free (46.88) … freshmen Rob Harder and Andrew Heymann also turned in multiple individual wins, with Harder taking the 200-free (1:42.54) and the 500-free (4:44.02) and Heymann capturing the 50-free (21.02) and the 200-breast (2:05.93) … other Yale highlights included sophomore Tyler Pramer finishing in first on the three-meter boards with a score of 311.33 … the Bulldogs are back in action on Jan. 14 when they swim in a tri-meet with League opponents Dartmouth and Penn in Hanover, N.H.