Big Green Are Big Winners: Both Men and Women Finish First at Dartmouth Invitational

The Dartmouth College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted their annual Dartmouth Invitational last weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) in nearby White River Junction, Vermont (the diving events took place at Karl Michael Pool at Dartmouth). Both teams finished first in points, turning out some very solid mid-season swims –and even a flurry of record-breaking performances– during the two-day competition. Full results available here.

The Dartmouth Invitational also doubled as a quadruple dual meet for the Big Green. Both squads picked up victories over UMass, Boston College, Connecticut College and University of Maine. Dartmouth women defeated BC (290-63), Connecticut (283-64), Maine (285-68) and UMass (195-158); Dartmouth men outscored BC (274-79), Connecticut (284-63), Maine (298-49) and UMass (266-87).

In the 200 free relay, Dartmouth women led the way with a 1:37.17 from Mary Van Metre, Siobhan Hengemuhle, Sasha Alcon, and Natalia Vecerek, nearly breaking the UVAC pool record. UMass (Jocelyn Yuen, Kelsey Hinrichs, Cassandra Sosnovich, and Zoe Judd) and Connecticut (Skye Qi Marigold, Ivy Durepo, Julia Pielock, and Sam Pierce) tied for second in 1:38.27. On the men’s side, the top four teams came in virtually together; only a half second separated the first (Dartmouth’s Daniel Whitcomb, Aaron Athanas, David Harmon, and Andrew North, 1:25.18) from the fourth.

Olivia Samson of the Big Green pulled off a daring last-50 finish and won the 500 free over Northeastern’s Colleen McCormack, 5:02.56 to 5:02.88. Jun Oh won the men’s contest over Dartmouth teammate Dylan Gabel, 4:38.94 to 4:41.32.

UMass freshman Meriza Werenski won the women’s 200 IM in a new UVAC pool record time of 2:05.97, erasing the previous mark set by second-place finisher Anna Schegoleva of Northeastern. Dartmouth senior Nejc Zupan lowered his own pool record in the men’s 200 IM by more than a second, winning in 1:49.50 over teammates Athanas and Logan Briggs.

Connecticut senior Pielock won the women’s 50 free in 24.02. Kendese Nangle of the Big Green was second. Daniel Kelly of BC took the men’s title in 20.90. Dartmouth’s Whitcomb finished second, while Connecticut’s Sam Gill was third.

A fabulous fourth leg from the Northeastern 400 medley relay team of Anna Schegoleva, Julia Alvarez, Alli Gielowski, and Jordan Domeier allowed for a very narrow 3:54.39-3:54.57 victory over the UMass foursome Rebecca Quirie, Meriza Werenski, Yuen, and Anna Cavanaugh. Dartmouth (James Verhagen, Zupan, David Harmon, and Ian Woon) won the men’s race by seven seconds and set a UVAC pool record (3:22.78) in the process.

The Northeastern women (Schegoleva, Deirdre Esposito, Gielowski, and Rachel Green, 1:48.70) won another close one in the 200 medley relay, this time over Dartmouth’s Nangle, Heather Laedtke, Emily Holt, and Hengemuhle (1:48.81). The Dartmouth men were at it again, this time taking down the UVAC pool record of 1:33.15 set by Keene State in 2010 with their 1:32.80 victory from Verhagen, Zupan, North, and Whitcomb. BC’s Josh Williams, Andrew Stranick, Timothy Benage, and Daniel Kelly weren’t far behind in second.

In a repeat performance of the 200 IM, UMass’s Werenski came away with the win in the women’s 400 IM, although this time she left the pool record intact. Her 4:33.06 was three seconds faster than Sampson of Dartmouth and Julia Sepulveda of Northeastern. In the men’s race Zupan etched his name in the UVAC record book yet again, erasing Drew Ledwith’s 2012 mark of 3:59.16 with his 3:58.12. Teammates Briggs, Athanas and Oh took the next three spots.

Northeastern’s Schegoleva (56.79) and Gielowski finished first and third, respectively, in the women’s 100 fly. UMass’s Yuen took second. Big Green freshman Harmon (50.64) won the men’s 100 fly, just a tick ahead of Connecticut’s Gill.

Dartmouth loaded up in the women’s 200 free, taking the top four places with Sampson (1:51.96), Maddie Wall, Christine Kerr, and Charlotte Kamai. Both Sampson and Wall (1:52.76) broke the previous pool record pf 1:52.79 set by Kerr in 2012, but now Sampson’s is the new mark to beat. Chris Inglis (1:43.24) of UMass split it nicely on the men’s side, coming back from third place after the first 50 to just out-touching Woon of Dartmouth (1:43.44) and BC’s Nick Henze (1:43.45).

Northeastern’s Alvarez won the women’s 100 breast in 1:05.74. Werenski of UMass and Naja Harvey of Maine finished second and third, respectively. With yet another pool record Zupan took the men’s race in 56.33. He was more than a second faster than the previous UVAC mark, set in 2010 by Domingo Rose, and two seconds ahead of BC’s Stranick 58.33 and Dartmouth’s Jay Schulte.

Schegoleva (57.27) of Northeastern won the women’s 100 back, just .10 off her own UVAC pool record time. Dartmouth’s Nangle and Natalia Vecerek were second and third, with UMass’s Rebecca Quirie only a couple hundredths behind them in fourth. Verhagen of the Big Green tied Patrick Murphy’s 2009 pool record of 50.31 with his first-place finish in the men’s 100 back. Connecticut’s Gill was second.

McCormack of Northeastern held on to take the mile in 17:26.67, despite a strong back-half from Dartmouth senior Erin Henn that was nearly enough to win. UMass’s Molly Smyth was about eight seconds back in third. Dartmouth’s Oh handily won the men’s mile ahead of teammate Jack Long and Alex Bomprezzi of UMass.

Schegoleva of Northeastern picked up her third win with a 2:05.51 in the women’s 200 back, about two seconds off her own pool record. Lindsay Tyler of Dartmouth finished second, about a second ahead of UMass freshmen Quirie and Jenna Diamond, who were third and fourth by only .01. Verhagen broke the pool record outright this time, winning the men’s 200 back in 1:50.77. The previous mark of 1:50.98 had been set by Phillip Jacques in 2013. Second and third places went to Dartmouth’s Athanas and UMass’s Hao Luong, respectively.

The Big Green’s Kamai (52.08) was first to the wall in the women’s 100 free, ahead of Pielock of Connecticut, Van Metre of Dartmouth, and BC’s Maureen Barron. Woon led Dartmouth teammates Whitcomb and North in a 1-2-3 sweep of the men’s 100 free, leaving Connecticut’s Gill and Drew Andre battling for fourth and fifth.

Werenski of UMass picked up her third win, going 2:22.31 in the 200 breast and just missing the UVAC pool record. Teammate Katie Arnott was 1.5 seconds back in second; Northeastern’s Alvarez took third. Schulte won the men’s 200 breast for Dartmouth; UMass junior Michael Glenn finished second and BC’s Stranick was third.

UMass freshman Yuen (2:06.00) notched a win in the women’s 200 fly ahead of Delaney Lanker of Northeastern and Danielle Kerr of Dartmouth. In case you were wondering where Zupan was in the 200 breast, he was warming up for the 200 fly. His winning time of 1:49.29 destroyed Drew Ledwith’s 2012 UVAC pool record of 1:51.50, and also earned him the Dartmouth record which had stood at 1:49.55 since set by Albert Roth ’13 in 2010. In his wake were teammate Harmon and Ben Sloan of UMass.

The Dartmouth women won the 400 free relay in 3:32.24 with Amy Sun, Van Metre, Alcon, and Kamai. Their teammates Gabel, Oh, Briggs, and Woon won the men’s race (3:10.06).

UMass divers Michaela Butler, Mac Eckhardt, and Rhiannon Froman finished 1-2-3 in both the one- and three-meter diving events. On the men’s side, Joshua Koppel of UMass won the one-meter, with Dartmouth’s Ryan Shelley and Brett Gillis in second and third. Gillis took the three-meter ahead of BC’s Cole Malatesta and UMass’s Koppel.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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