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Showdown Looms as Princeton, Harvard are Unbeatens in Men's Swimming & Diving

Princeton's Michael Strand
Princeton's Michael Strand

Ivy League Top 10 Performances Through Jan. 22 (PDF)

Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard and Princeton remain unbeaten with Yale close behind in the Ivy League men's swimming and diving dual meet standings. 

Yale will host the annual H-Y-P meet January 31 and February 1 with the tri-meet once again serving as the crossroads to the Ivy League dual meet title. Last year, Harvard swept the H-Y-P meet in Princeton on its way to a perfect 7-0 mark and the dual meet crown. Princeton got the upper-hand a few weeks later, however, when it won the Ivy League Men's Swimming Championships title in Providence. 

Here is a quick update of each squad: 

The Bears dropped a 179-116 decision at Penn last weekend to fall to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in Ivy action.  Tommy Glenn won three events for the Bears, claiming the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle along with a relay. He owns the top times in the Ancient Eight this season in the 100 and 200 butterfly, including an NCAA "A" time of 1:42.94 in the 200. That is the only "A" cut mark recorded this season in any event, men's or women's, in the League. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 24 hosting Bryant, Jan. 25 hosting Columbia, Feb. 1 at Cornell, Feb. 8 hosting Yale. 

The Lions are 4-2 overall and 2-2 in League action following a 184.5-111.5 win over Cornell last weekend. Harry Stephenson grabbed a win in the 1000 Free with a top time of 9:34.80, while junior Dominik Koll took the victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.59. Junior David Jakl edged his teammates to win the 50 Free at 20.79 and went on to grab another victory in the 100 IM at 50.46. Philipp Gaissert hit the wall first in the 100 free at 46.81 and Nikita Bondarenko completed a freestyle sweep with a win in the 500 free, clocking in with a time of 4:39.51.

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 25 at Brown, Jan. 31 at Navy, Feb. 7 at Princeton, Feb. 9 hosting Dartmouth. 

The Big Red are 2-6 overall and 0-6 in Ivy action after falling to Columbia last weekend. The Big Red got two event wins each from Dylan Sali and Victor Luo. Sali had another strong meet, winning the 100 back (51.08) and the 200 back (1:50.61), with a strong second place finish from classmate Luke Reisch in the 200 (1:54.23). Sali also earned a second in the 100 IM (51.32). Luo touched first in the 100 breast (57.59) and the 200 breast (2:02.96). Phillip Truong had an excellent day as well registering a strong 325.50 score to rank first in the three-meter, while Tommy Hallowell was third with his 287.02. Truong later placed second on the 1-meter with a 286.73.

Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 1 hosting Brown. 

The Big Green are 2-4 overall and 2-4 in the League after dropping a tri-meet to Yale and Penn almost two weeks ago. In the loss, Nejc Zupan won three events, recording two pool records in New Haven. In the 100 breast, Zupan finished in 54.79, a new Kiphuth Pool record. In his second Kiphuth record event, Zupan finished the 200 breast in 1:59.45. In his final victory of the meet, Zupan won the 200-IM in 1:49.19. He has the top time in the League this season in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, record a pair of NCAA "B" cut times. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 24-25 hosting Dartmouth Invitational (at White River Jct., Vt.), Feb. 1 at UConn, Feb. 9 at Columbia. 

The Crimson, 5-2 overall and 4-0 in Ivy action, moved into the national Top 25 earlier this season and now sit atop the mid-major poll. Harvard, which will host the Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 27-Mar. 1, saw its dual meet winning streak end last weekend when it lost to No. 15 Virginia Tech and No. 18 Virginia in a quad meet in Blacksburg, Va. Griffin Schumacher represented the Crimson very well, having a hand in all four of Harvard's event victories, including a pair of individual event wins in the 100 free (44.84) on Friday and the 50 free (20.33) on Saturday. Schumacher also swam the first leg of the winning medley units for the winning 200 and the 400 free relays. He and seniors Danny CriglerOliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite all combined to take the top spot in both events, clocking in at 1:21.19 in the 200 and 2:59.47 in the 400. Schumacher and Lee are 1-2 for top time in the League in the 50 free this season, while Satterthwaite and Schumacher are 1-2 in the 100 free. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Yale with Princeton, Feb. 8 at Penn.  

The Quakers are 4-3 overall and 4-2 in League meets. Penn defeated Brown last weekend, 179-116, in Philadelphia. The Quakers won 11 events on the afternoon with Kyle Yu earning three wins and Jack Stein sweeping both the one and three-meter diving events. Chris Swanson owns the League's top times in the 500 and the 1650 this season. His 500 time of 4:21.19 is nearly five seconds better than anyone else in the Ivy League this season. But more impressive is the fact that his 1650 time is nearly 20 seconds faster than the rest of the League.  

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 31 hosting West Chester, Feb. 1 hosting La Salle, Feb. 8 hosting Harvard. 

The Tigers are 4-1 overall and 4-0 in League play. Princeton suffered its lone loss in its last outing, a 157-143 loss at Navy back on January 4. Michael Strand was a double winner for the Tigers, while Connor MaherTeo D'Alessandro and Michael Manhard were also individual winners for Princeton. D'Alessandro has the League's top mark in the 200 free, 200 IM and 400 IM thus far this season. Strand has the best 100 back time, while Maher has the top 200 back time.  

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Yale with Harvard, Feb. 7 vs. Columbia.

The Bulldogs are 3-1 in the League and 5-1 overall after sweeping Penn and Dartmouth almost two weeks ago in New Haven. Brian Hogan was the 1,000 and tied for second in the 500. Hogan's winning time of 9:19.96 in the 1,000 was the fastest in the League this season. Rob Harder won the 200 free and finished second in the 100 free. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 25 at Rutgers with Fordham and Rider, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 hosting Harvard and Princeton, Feb. 8 at Brown.