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Princeton Wins Men’s Swimming & Diving Title

March 10, 2013

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Princeton won its fifth-straight Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday night, holding off Harvard to claim the 2013 title.

After taking the lead with a furious rally in the final three events on Friday night, the Tigers held off several charges by the Crimson in a back-and-forth Saturday night. The Crimson closed to within a point early in the night, but Princeton pulled away to win by 68 points, scoring 1514 points to Harvard’s 1446.

Princeton wrapped up the championship in the three-meter diving, pulling ahead just enough to clinch the title no matter the outcome of the 400 freestyle relay. Stevie Vines, who received the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver award, finished second in the event and gave the Tigers just enough to clinch the title.

Vines finished behind Harvard’s Mike Mosca, who swept the one-meter and three-meter events and was named the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet after scoring a 402 on the one-meter on Thursday night and a 409 on the three meter on Saturday.

Yale‘s Mike Dominski earned the Harold Ulen Career Swimming Scoring Champion award, finishing his Ivy League Championships career with 307 points.

Dartmouth’s Nejc Zupan won his third race of the championship with an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:53.95 in the 200 breaststroke, also breaking the Ivy League Championship record in the process. His three wins earning 96 points got him the Phil Moriarity Swimmer of the Meet award.

Penn’s Chris Swanson opened the night with a win in the 1650. Swanson finished the mile in a time of 15:02.11 for his first win of the weekend. In the race, Harvard closed the gap to a single point behind Princeton by having three of the top 10 scorers of the event.

Princeton’s lead opened up a little more in the 200 backstroke, however. Connor Maher won the race in 1:43.76 and En-Wei Hu-Van Wright placed third as the Tigers had four in the top eight to give Princeton a 62-point advantage.

The Crimson came right back in the 100 freestyle, going 1-2-3 with Chris Satterthwaite, Oliver Lee and Griffin Schumacher. Princeton had three in the top eight to minimize the damage somewhat and held a 17-point lead through 17 events.

But the back and forth continued as Princeton stretched the lead back to 62 in the 200 breaststroke. In the process, Dartmouth’s Zupan won his third race of the championship with an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:53.95, which was also an Ivy League Championship record. Princeton’s Byron Sanborn was second as the Tigers had four swimmers in that final to push the lead back out again.

Brown’s Tommy Glenn earned his second win of the meet in front of the home crowd when he won the 200 yard butterfly in a time of 1:43.11, narrowly missing the NCAA “A” cut mark of 1:42.96. Harvard could only cut into the margin slightly in the race, pulling to within 54 points as things shifted to the diving well.

It was there that Princeton sealed the title with Vines finishing second and teammates Mark O’Connell and Michael Manhard finishing fifth and sixth.

Harvard and Princeton closed out the meet with NCAA “A” cut times in the 400 freestyle relay, the Crimson winning in an Ivy League Championship record time of 2:52.32 while Princeton was second at 2:53.00.

Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet: Nejc Zupan, Dartmouth (Jr. – Kamnik, Slovenia)
Harold Ulen Career High Point Swimmer:  Mike Dominski, Yale (Sr. – Winnetka, Ill.)
Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet: Mike Mosca, Harvard (So. – Tenafly, N.J.)
Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver: Stevie Vines, Princeton (Sr. – Smyrna, Ga.)

Team Standings
1. Princeton, 1514
2. Harvard, 1446
3. Columbia, 1135
4. Yale, 1038.5
5. Dartmouth 768
6. Penn, 700
7. Brown 589.5
8. Cornell, 539

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