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Men's Swimming & Diving Update 4

Photo Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With conference wins by Harvard and Yale over the past two weekends, the race for the 2012 Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving regular season title is tightening up.

Yale earned recent victories over Dartmouth and Penn, while Harvard knocked-off Brown to tie the Bulldogs atop the standings at 4-0. Princeton is also in the mix with a 3-0 mark, and all three of those teams will meet at Harvard in the annual HYP tri-meet on Feb. 3-4. The 2011 title was also decided at the HYP meet, with Harvard besting Yale and Princeton to post a 7-0 mark on the season.

Columbia, with a win over Cornell, and Penn, with a win over Dartmouth, evened their Ivy League records at 2-2 and 3-3, respectively.

The Ivy teams have three more weekends of swimming dual and tri-meets before breaking prior to taking part in 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 CollegeSwimming.com 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 CollegeSwimming.com 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)

Brown
The Bears dropped a 206-80 decision at Harvard on Jan. 19 to move to 0-4 within the League … sophomore Tommy Glenn had a strong meet as he finished third in the 100-back (53.70) and also added a second-place showing in the 200-fly (1:51.77) ... senior James Hunter placed second in the 100-free (46.89) ... the Brown divers then competed in the UMass-Amherst Diving Invite on January 22 … the Bears return to League action on Jan. 28 versus Columbia.

Columbia
The Lions have opened the 2012 portion of their schedule on a two-meet win streak, downing Bucknell, 129.5-111.5, on Jan. 15 and Cornell, 202.5-92.5, on Jan. 21 … in the win over Bucknell, Columbia won six events including freshmen Stanley Wong and Alex Ngan tying for first in the 50-free (20.99) … Ngan also won the 100-free (46.67) … in the win over Cornell, the Lions turned in 14 first-place finishes, including two from freshman Dominik Koll, to even their Ivy record at 2-2 on the year … Koll won the 200-freestyle (1:40.48) as well as the 100-free (46.67) … other wins by the Lions included sophomore Harry Stephenson in the 1,000-free (9:38.84) and sophomore David Jakl winning the 200-back (1:54.33) … the win by the Lions snapped the Big Red’s eight-meet win streak in the dual meet series (2003-04) … Columbia returns to the pool on Jan. 28 when it swims in a tri-meet versus Ivy foe Brown as well as Boston University in Boston.

Cornell
The Big Red split a pair of decision over the past two weekends, including a 197.5-99.5 win over Colgate and a 202.5-92.5 loss to Columbia which sent Cornell to 0-6 in League play … in the win over Colgate, the Big Red captured 11 individual races including freshman Eric May taking the 200-free (1:46.10), senior James Keady winning the 100-fly (52.35) and sophomore Ben Catanese claiming the 400-IM (4:13.61) … in the loss to the Lions, sophomore Phillip Truong (313.28) and junior Jon Zollo (296.40) finished 1-2 in the three-meter diving competition for Cornell’s lone win on the day … the victory by Columbia snapped the Big Red’s eight-meet win streak in the teams’ dual meet series … Cornell is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 4 when it plays host to Brown.

Dartmouth
The Big Green played host to an Ivy League tri-meet on Jan. 14 that also included Yale and Penn ... Dartmouth lost to the Bulldogs, 195.5-130.5, and Penn, 157.5-142.5, to move to 2-3 in the League standings … senior Michael Ahern led the Big Green with a win in the 100-back (51.4) … sophomore Dylan Gabel also had a win for Dartmouth, capturing the 1,000-free (9:31.79) … the Big Green will swim next on Jan. 27-28 as it plays host to the Dartmouth Invitational in White River Jct., Vt., before welcoming Princeton in an Ivy League showdown on Jan. 29 in Hanover, N.H.

Harvard
The Crimson moved to 4-0 in the League with a 206-80 win over Brown on Jan. 19 but then saw its 13-meet win streak snapped at eighth-ranked Ohio State on Jan. 21 by the score of 181-118 … versus the Bears, the Crimson won 14 of 16 events to push its Ivy League win streak to 11 ... freshman Michael Gaudiani took the 200-free (1:42.15), while senior Robert Newell took the 100-back (51.40) … Newell also won the 100-fly (51.28) … the win over Brown also improved Harvard’s record to 7-0 at home since 2009-10 … against the Buckeyes, freshman Chuck Katis won three events including the 100-breast (55.29), the 200-breast (2:03.43) and the 200 IM (1:50.35) … sophomore Chris Satterthwaite won the 200-free (1:39.09) … Harvard returns to the pool when it hosts the annual HYP meet against Yale and Princeton at Blodgett Pool on Feb. 3-4.

Penn
The Quakers swam in an Ivy League tri-meet at Dartmouth on Jan. 14 that also included Yale … Penn came away with a win over the Big Green, 157.5-142.5, but fell to Yale, 188-112 … senior Brendan McHugh set a pair of Karl Michael Pool records while winning the 100-breast (55.22) and the 200-breast (2:01.17) … McHugh’s mark in the 200-breast broke a record that had stood since March 7, 1981 … senior Jeff Cragg won on the three-meter boards with a season-best score of 321.00 and later added a win in the one-meter event, tallying a 302.35 mark … the Quakers return to competition this weekend on Jan. 27 when they swim at West Chester.

Princeton
The Tigers are off until Jan. 29 when they travel to Hanover, N.H. to swim against Dartmouth.

Yale
The Bulldogs took part in an Ivy League tri-meet on Jan. 14 in Hanover, N.H., and came away with a pair of victories to move to 4-0 in the League standings … Yale downed Penn, 188-112, and host Dartmouth, 195.5-130.5 … freshman Alwin Firmansyah set the Karl Michael Pool records in 200-fly (1:48.17) and 200 IM (1:50.37), while freshman Robby Harder set a Karl Michael Pool record by claiming the 200-back (1:49.88) … Harder went on to win the 500-free (4:38.93) … senior Goksu Bicer also had a big day for Yale, winning three individual races including the 50-free (20.92), the 100-free (45.47) and the 100-fly (49.36) … Yale swims next at the annual HYP meet against Harvard and Princeton on Feb. 3-4 at the Crimson’s Blodgett Pool.