2013 Men's Swimming Championships Set for Thursday, Live Video of Finals Available
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Is this the year that Princeton gets dethroned?
That's the question to be answered this week at the 2013 Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The Tigers have won four straight and six of the last seven Ivy League Men's Swimming Championships meet titles. However, Harvard comes into the meet having won the regular season dual meet title and earning itself a Top-25 national ranking. The Crimson defeated Princeton at the annual HYP meet on their way to an unbeaten Ivy record. Harvard has won 10 straight dual meets, but will that translate into the first Ivy Championship meet title for the Crimson since 2008?
IvyLeagueSports.com will have live video coverage of the finals each night beginning at 6 p.m. from the venue. Live results and video highlights will also be available through IvyLeagueSports.com each night.
Near capacity crowds are expected for each of the three days. Limited seating remains, but mostly on a standing-room-only basis.
And while that plays out, there will be plenty of storylines on the individual side this weekend. Here is a quick look at a few of the key members for each of the eight squads:
Brown: The Bears are hosting the Ivy meet for the first time ever in their brand new facility. And with that in mind, they go in search of their first-ever Ivy title. Tommy Glenn is the top seed in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.49, good enough for the NCAA "B" standard. He won the event at the Ivy Championships in 2012 along with the 200 butterfly. His teammate Jeff Strausser has the fifth-best time at 48.83. Glenn also has the third-best 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly seed time. Cory Mayfield has a Top 5 seed time in the 1,650.
Columbia: Columbia is looking for its first Ivy title since 1989. Jason Collazo is expected to challenge a talented field in one meter and three meter diving. David Jakl is the second seed in the 100 butterfly. Dominik Koll has the sixth-fastest seed time in the 1,000. Micah Rembrandt will look to challenge in a talented diving field.
Cornell: The Big Red last won an Ivy title in 1984. Junior Phillip Truong will look to challenge in the diving events, as will junior Taylor Wilson in the distance swims. Victor Luo could be a darkhorse in the breaststroke.
Dartmouth: Nejc Zupan has the second fastest seed time in both the 200 IM and the 400 IM and the third fastest 100 breaststroke entering the meet. He'll look to defend his 400 IM title. His 400 IM time best this season is good for an NCAA "B" mark. He also is the top seed in the 200 breaststroke, with an NCAA qualifying time of 1:53.87. James Verhagen is the third seed in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Jun Oh has the fourth-fastest seed in the 1,000.
Harvard: The Crimson own the top seed time in more than half of the events this weekend. Michael Mosca returns to defend his one-meter diving title and will look to make for the first diving sweep (one meter and three meter) since 2009. Michael Stanton will challenge Mosca for the individual title and makes for a formidable 1-2 punch for the Crimson on the board. Chuck Katis has the top seed time in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke (an NCAA qualifying 52.49) and the second-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke. Oliver Lee has the only sub-20 second time in the 50 freestyle among Ivy League schools thus far this season with an NCAA "B" mark of 19.72. Teammate Griffin Schumacher also made the "B" standard with a time 20.18.
Penn: The Quakers go in search of their first Ivy title since 1971. One of the top distance swimmers in the League, Chris Swanson is the top seed in the 1,000 with a time of 9:12.59 and is also the top seed in the 1,650 with an NCAA "B" standard time. He's also seeded third in the 500 freestyle.
Princeton: The Tigers have a couple of top marks in the League this year, but it is the depth in their seeds that might just be enough to bring them their eighth straight Ivy League title. Stephen Vines is back to defend his three-meter diving crown and will be a frontrunner in both of the diving events. Harrison Wagner and Brooke Powell are a strong duo for Princeton in the sprints. Looking to pull another trifecta, Paul Nolle is back to defend his title in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 events. Teammate Zach Ridout has been strong in the distance swims, as well, this season.
Yale: The Bulldogs are the last team not named Harvard or Princeton to win a share of an Ivy title...and you have to go back to 1993 to get that. Alwin Firmansyah is seeded fourth in the 200 butterfly, eighth in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 200 IM. Mike Lazris has had a strong season in the backstroke. Tyler Pramer could be a darkhorse in the diving events for the Bulldogs.