Pool Records Go Down as Yale Sweeps Penn and Dartmouth in Hanover, NH

Dartmouth hosted Penn and Yale at Karl Michael Pool in Hanover on Saturday. The Big Green had some strong performances but fell to their Ivy League foes. (See full results)

Men’s Meet

Yale University 217 – 82 University of Pennsylvania
Yale University 216 – 84 Dartmouth College
University of Pennsylvania 169 – 130 Dartmouth College

The Bulldogs established their dominant position early on in the meet, winning the 200 medley relay and the first five individual events.

Shawn Nee (23.18), Andrew Heymann (25.14), Alwin Firmansyah (22.62), and Victor Zhang (20.21) posted a 1:31.15, Yale’s fastest time of the season so far. Freshman Kei Hyogo, who has had quite an inaugural season so far, won the 1000 free in 9:14.54, missing the pool record by .13. Teammate Brian Hogan (9:18.25) was second; Penn All-American Chris Swanson (9:24.04), third.

In perhaps the most thrilling race of the day, Yale’s Rob Harder (1:40.47) and Jonathan Rutter (1:41.16) led a tight field in the 200 free. Dartmouth’s Misha Tovmashenko (1:41.38) and Tony Shen (1:41.51) came in just ahead of Penn’s Kevin Su (1:41.66) and Dillon McHugh (1:41.67).

The next three events also went to Bulldogs: Nee erased Alex Righi’s 2006 pool record in the 100 back with his 49.46 win. Dartmouth’s James Verhagen (50.29) and Aaron Athanas (50.79) were second and third. In the 100 breast, Heymann (56.27) and fellow Bulldog Derek Kao (56.51) went 1-2; following close behind were three Quakers: Kyle Yu (56.62), Bobby Francis (56.96), and Cole Hurwitz (56.99). The 200 fly went to Firmansyah (1:48.73), while teammate Alex Schultz held of Penn’s Alex Peterson for second, 1:52.45 to 1:52.68.

Penn’s Eric Schultz won the 50 free (20.88) and was runner-up in the 100 free (46.03). Yale’s Zhang won the 100 in 45.79. Bulldogs Nee and Harder went 1-2 in the 200 back, touching in 1:48.58    and 1:49.65, respectively. Heymann (2:01.64), Rutter (2:02.00) and Kao (2:03.53) went 1-2-3 in the 200 breast, adding more distance to Yale’s lead. Hyogo then won his second event with a 4:30.46 in the 500 free over Swanson (4:36.41) and Hogan (4:37.28).

Firmansyah claimed his second event with a 49.67 in the 100 fly; Penn’s Michael Wen was second in 49.89. Hyogo logged his third win going 1:52.46 in the 200 IM. Heymann (1:53.12) finished just ahead of Dartmouth’s Athanas (1:53.56) for second.

Dartmouth dominated the boards, finishing 1-2-4 in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving. Ryan Shelley (295.45) and Brett Gillis (292.45) led the scoring in the 1-meter event, while Gillis (344.85) and Taylor Clough (290.80) turned in the top scores in 3-meter diving.

Yale closed the meet with a pool record in the 400 free relay. Zhang (46.12), Aaron Greenberg (45.02), Harder (45.08), and Firmansyah (45.86) established the new mark at 3:02.08.

Women’s Meet

Yale University 187.5 – 112.5 University of Pennsylvania
Yale University 243 – 57 Dartmouth College
University of Pennsylvania 216 – 84 Dartmouth College

Virginia Burns and Rochelle Dong each won two for the Quakers but Yale swept the rest of the individual events as the Bulldogs dominated the tri-meet.

Burns led the way in the 200 and 100 freestyles. She missed the pool record by 2/100 in the 200, winning in 1:50.65. Yale’s Kina Zhou (1:51.15) was second, followed by Meagan Dollard of Penn (1:51.55) and Annclaire Macart of Dartmouth (1:52.29). Burns touched out teammate Dollard to win the 100, 52.14 to 52.24. Yale’s Danielle Liu (52.99) was third, and Dartmouth’s Macart (53.23) picked up another fourth.

Penn sprinter Dong prevailed in the 50 free and 100 fly. She topped Yale’s Zhou 23.44 to 23.79 in the free. In the fly, Dong went 55.41 ahead of the Bulldogs’ Maddy Zimmerman (56.12) and Sydney Hirschi (56.40).

Yale’s dominance began with a pool record in the 200 medley relay from the quartet of Heidi VanderWel (26.98), Paulina Kaminski (29.31), Zimmerman (24.56), and Zhou (23.69). Their combined 1:44.54 was a half-second under Harvard’s 2013 time of 1:45.00.

Yale produced a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000 free, and both Cailley Silbert (10:01.31) and Eva Fabian (10:03.33) dipped under the previous pool record of 10:07.19. The duo reversed their finish in the 500 free; this time Fabian won and got the pool record (4:55.57) while Silbert was runner-up (4:58.81). Dartmouth’s Macart was third (4:59.67).

Michelle Chintanaphol came out on top in the exciting 100 back race. She touched in 57.38, followed by teammate VanderWel (57.54), then Lauryn Brown (57.63) and Lauren Church (57.88) of Penn. Chintanaphol also won the 200 back (2:03.07) and 200 IM (2:06.83). In the IM she touched out Liu by .09.

Kaminski picked up a couple of wins for the Bulldogs. She took the 100 breast in 1:04.33 and the 200 in 2:19.40. Ellie Grimes and Sydney Tan of the Quakers were second and third, then third and second, in the two races, respectively.

Isla Hutchinson-Maddox got her hand to the wall in the 200 fly just before teammate Hirschi to win Yale’s final individual event. Hutchinson-Maddox went 2:02.64 to Hirschi’s 2:02.80 for the win.

Penn’s almost-all-freshman 400 free relay ended the meet with an exciting come-from-behind victory over Yale, 3:29.92 to 3:30.37. The Quakers’ foursome consisted of Dong (52.77), Dollard (52.00), Kimberly Phan (53.66), and Burns (51.49).

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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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