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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men’s swimming and diving season has reached the semester break with several teams off to strong starts thus far this season.
Harvard, Princeton and Yale each have unbeaten records in head-to-head competition. The Tigers are 4-0, all of those coming in Ivy action thus far. Harvard is 3-0, all of those coming in League action, while Yale is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Ivy action. Princeton's strong start moved it into the CollegeSwimming.com Division I national Top 25 this past week at No. 23.
The first CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Ranking was released on Nov. 15, with Princeton on top and Harvard at No. 4 in the poll on the men's side. The next set of CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Rankings will be released shortly as this week was the post-invite submission deadline.
The Bears (2-2, 0-2) opened the year with a weekend set at home against Boston University and UMass back on November 9 and 10. Brown topped Boston University, 162-138, in the opener, and topped UMass, 172-126, the following day. They also hosted the Brown Invite on Nov,. 30 and finished in fifth place. Tommy Glenn recorded the fastest 200 freestyle time in the Ivy thus far this year at the Brown Invite, logging an NCAA B-cut time of 1:37.29. That time is 43rd-best in Division I thus far this year. He also recorded the best 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly times of the year in the same meet with marks of 47.49 and 1:46.46 respectively, both also making it as NCAA B-cut times. Both of those times rank as the 25th-fastest in the nation thus far this year. Brown returns to action on Jan. 24 when it visits Bryant.
The Lions (2-2, 1-2) split dual meets in each of their two weekends thus far. Columbia opened with a split against Penn and Yale on Nov 9 and 10, and then split a pair of duals a week later against Harvard and Army. The Lions also finished fifth at the Brown Invite before hitting the holiday break. Dominik Koll has three Ivy Top 10 performances thus far this year with the seventh-fastest times in both the 200 free and 500 free and the ninth-fastest mark in the 1650. Columbia returns to action on Jan. 5 when it hosts Bucknell.
The Big Red closed out the first part of the season with a win at the Ithaca College Invitational. Cornell (0-4, 0-4) dropped four Ivy duals to open the season before the win at Ithaca. Eric May has logged two Ivy Top 10 times thus far this season (100 Breast, 200 IM). He won the 200 IM at the Ithaca College Invitational with a time of 1:51.48, almost two seconds ahead of the runner-up. Cornell returns to action on Jan. 7 when it hosts Yale.
The Big Green (2-2, 2-2) closed out the first part of the schedule at the Brown Invite, taking second in the invitational and splitting dual results against Brown and Princeton. Nejc Zupan has the fastest 200 breaststroke in the league this year, with an A-qualifying 1:53.87 that is also the third-fastest time in the country this year. He also won the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke at the Invite, earning NCAA B times in both wins. His 400 IM time of 3:50.49 is the fastest in the Ivy and 24th in Division I this year. Dartmouth returns to action on Jan. 12 when it faces Yale and Penn in Philadelphia.
The Crimson, ranked No. 4 in the first mid-major poll of the year, are 3-0 in Ivy action with wins over Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia. Harvard closed out the first part of the season with a strong showing at the UGA Fall Invite. Chuck Katis eclipsed the NCAA-A standard in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and broke his own school records twice in the process. He also had a B-standard mark in the 200 IM while in Athens. Katis' 100 breaststroke time of 52.49 is the fourth-fastest in Division I thus far this season, as is his 200 time of 1:54.08. Chris Satterthwaite also had a B-standard time in the 200 freestyle while at UGA. His 1:37.69 is the second-fastest in the Ivy this year behind Brown's Tommy Glenn. Harvard returns to action on Jan. 19 when it visits Brown.
The Quakers (2-2, 1-2) closed out the fall semester with a first place finish at the Total Performance Invitational in Gambier, Ohio. Freshman Chris Swanson has the fastest 500 freestyle time in the Ivy thus far by a full second. His mark of 4:27.47 was a meet and pool record at TPI. He also had the second fastest 1000 and the fastest 1650, which was an NCAA B-standard mark of 15:21.21. Penn's Kyle Yu also has Top 5 Ivy times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke thus far this year as has Rhoads Worster in the 100 and 200 back. The Quakers return to action on Jan. 12 when it hosts Dartmouth and Yale in a tri-meet.
The Tigers (4-0, 4-0) are the top-ranked team in the mid-major poll and this week burst into the CollegeSwimming.com national poll at No. 23 after receiving votes a week earlier. Harrison Wagner has an NCAA-B standard in both the 50 and 100 free this year, while teammate Jeremy Wong has a B-standard in the 100 and 200 free. The Tigers also have two that have achieved the B-mark already this year in the 1650 with Paul Nolle and Zachary Ridout. Freshman En-Wei Hu-Van Wright has three B-standard times already, He has the top time in the Ivy this year in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke (48.20 and 1:45.52, respectively) and also a B-standard time of 1:48.54 in the 200 IM. Princeton returns to action against Navy on Jan. 5 at DeNunzio Pool.
The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) are off to a strong start, having won both of their dual meets and the Bucknell Invitational this season. Junior diver Tyler Pramer had a successful outing at the Bucknell Invitational, winning the 1-meter and 3-meter diving finals. In their last outing, a 213-87 win at UMass on December 1, Yale's 200 IM relay team broke a pool record. Sophomores Andrew Heymann, Alwin Firmansyah and Mike Lazris and Junior Pat Killian broke the record with a time of 1:32.01. Heymann later broke the pool record for the 100 breaststroke. Heymann has three marks in the Ivy Top 10 this season. Yale returns to action on Jan. 7 when it visits Cornell.