Dartmouth Big Green swimming and diving
Dartmouth Men's Swimming and Diving, which began in 1920, is one of the oldest college swim programs in the United States. The team competes for Dartmouth College in the Ivy League. The team begins training in mid September all the way until the end of March, ending the season with the Ivy League Championships also known as "Ivies". The team practices 9 times a week and has weekly competitions throughout the season. The team trains and also hosts competitions at the Dartmouth College Aquatic Facilities, swimming in the Karl Michael Pool and the Spaulding Pool. They also host an annual invite at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in nearby White River Junction VT.
Sometime in 2002 as a result of economic/financial troubles, Dartmouth College made several budget cuts which involved disbanding the men and women's swim team. In response, the team as well as many others rallied to stop the team from getting cut, one student even putting the team up on Ebay in an effort to gain attention and money to save the team. After successfully lobbying and fundraising for the team by students, alumni, and fans, both teams were reinstated under the John C. Glover Fund for the Support of Swimming and Diving. The fund was named after one of the greatest Dartmouth swimmers of all time, John C. Glover, who was an all American Swimmer in the class of 1955 that died while training for the Olympics at Yale University in 1956.
Currently the Dartmouth Men's Swimming and Diving Team consists of 26 members, 4 divers and 22 swimmers, bringing in a new freshmen class of 9 swimmers and a diver. The freshmen lineup consists of Dorian Allen (Sprint Free/Fly), Joby Bernstein (Middle Distance), Taylor Clough (Diving), David Harmon (Free/Fly), Patrick Kang (Breast), Jack Long (Free), Tate Ramsden (Free), Jorge Siwady (Free), James Thompson (Free) and Timo Vaimann (Breast).
Returning Swimmers include Sophomores Aaron Athanas (Back/Free), Logan Briggs (Back/Free), Brett Gillis (Diving), Matthew Ginsberg (Butterfly), Joseph Kind (Freestyle), Jun Oh (Back/Free), James Verhagen (Fly/Back), Daniel Whitcomb (Sprint), Juniors Jay Schulte (Breaststroke), Konrad von Moltke (Breaststroke) and Ian Woon (Freestyle), Seniors Dylan Gabel (Backstroke/Freestyle), Andrew North (Free/Fly), and Nejc Zupan (Free/IM),
Returning to DMSD for his 21st season is Head Coach Jim Wilson, along with Assistant Coaches Jenn Verser who is returning for her 5th season, and Ross Lannan on his 2nd season as Assistant Coach.
The Dartmouth Men's Diving team consists of 4 divers, freshman Taylor Clough, sophomore Brett Gillis, junior Ryan Shelley, and senior Ben Weill and is coached by Chris Hamilton who is beginning his 15th season.
The last two year's 5th-place finishes at the 2012 and 2013 Ivy League Championship set high expectations for the upcoming 2014 season.
Ivy Results from Dartmouth's 2013 Swim and Dive Team include:
Relays—200 free relay - DQ (Will Derdeyn, Daniel Whitcomb, Ian Woon, Zach Doherty
400 medley relay - 2nd (3:12.32, new school record) - James Verhagen (48.17), Nejc Zupan (52.72), Will Derdeyn (47.34), Zack Doherty (44.09)
200 medley relay - 3rd (1:27.80, new school record) - James Verhagen (22.26), Nejc Zupan (24.30), Will Derdeyn (21.38), Zack Doherty (19.86)
800 free relay - 7th (6:42.28) - Jun Oh (1:41.47), Aaron Athanas (1:41.93), Jay Margherio (1:38.99), Dylan Gabel (1:39.89)
400 free relay - 7th (2:59.20, new school record) - Daniel Whitcomb (45.59), Will Derdeyn (44.44), Ian Woon (44.77), Zack Doherty (44.40)
Class of 2014
Nejc Zupan (Karl B. Michael Swimmer of Year, All-American 200 Breast) - 1st in the 400 IM (3:44.39, new school record, new meet record), 1st in the 200 breaststroke (1:53.95, new school record, new meet record), 1st in the 200 IM (1:43.94, new school record, new meet record)
Dylan Gabel (Dartmouth Tsonga Award) - 10th in the 500 free (4:27.50), 13th in the 1000 free (9:14.71), 15th in the 200 back (1:48.60)
Matt Long - 19th in the 200 back (1:49.09), 21st in the 100 back (50.97), 35th in the 200 IM (1:53.34)
Andrew North - 12th in the 100 butterfly (48.75), 29th in the 100 free (46.04), 34th in the 50 free (21.05)
Class of 2015
Jay Schulte - 20th in the 200 breast (2:03.28), 25th in the 100 breast (57.30), 39th in the 200 IM (1:55.02)
Konrad Von Moltke - 23rd in the 100 breast (56.99), 24th in the 200 breast (2:04.87), 37th in the 200 yard IM (1:54.88)
Ian Woon - 20th in the 200 yard free (1:39.75), 24th in the 100 yard free (45.20), 25th in the 50 yard free (20.73)
Class of 2016
Aaron Athanas - 13th in the 100 back (49.36), 17th in the 200 back (1:47.81), 19th in the 200 IM (1:50.25)
Logan Briggs 14th in the 400 IM (3:56.99), 19th in the 200 fly (1:50.09), 20th in the 500 free (4:30.24)
Jun Oh - 5th in the 1000 free (9:06.21), 9th in the 500 free (4:24.45), 11th in the 1650 free (15:24.21)
James Verhagen (Outstanding Freshman Award) - 2nd in the 100 back (47.55 new school record), 2nd in the 200 back (1:44.23 new school record), 16th in the 100 fly (49.62)
Daniel Whitcomb - 19th in the 100 free (45.06), 20th in the 100 back (50.75), 23rd in the 50 free (20.59)
Benjamin Weil (Class of 2014) - 19th on the 3-meter (266.45), 16th on the 1-meter (264.10)
Ryan Shelley (Class of 2015) - 13th on the 1-meter (278.00), 20th on the 3-meter (293.70)
Brett Gillis (Class of 2016) - 4th on the 1-meter (331.25), 9th on the 3-meter (338.70)
- Dartmouth, : "Rosters", "Men's Swimming and Diving"
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- Zachary Silver, : "Dartmouth Reinstates Swimming", "The Daily Pennsylvanian"
- Tamar Lewin, : "Online Bid is Made, Briefly, to Save Dartmouth's Swim Team From Budget Cuts", "The New York Times"
- Darren Rovell, : "Auction Started to Keep Aquatic Team Afloat", "ESPN Sports Business"
- Dartmouth Big Green Official Website, :"Men's Swimming and Diving", "Dartmouth Big Green"