princeton tigers: 2009 men's champions

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Congratulations to the 2009 Men’s team champion, the Princeton Tigers.

Additionally, Princeton’s Dan Dickerson and Yale’s Alex Righi took home the coveted individual awards for Diver of the Meet (Michael Trophy) and Swimmer of the Meet (Moriarty Trophy).

Righi also earned the distinction of High-Point Career Swimmer after sensational career for the Bulldogs. Righi was only “defeated” once in his career of individual races, as a freshman. He graduates as one of the greatest swimmers in the history of the League.

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princeton finish with yet another record-setting performance

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In a meet that saw nearly every record on the books fall, it was only fitting that the final race would be more of the same.

Seemingly after every race, the following would be heard from the announcer, “That is a new meet record, a new Ivy record and new pool record…”

Well, put Doug Lennox, Michael Carter, Colin Cordes and Jonathan Hartmann on the same relay team and that is pretty much the standard phrase.

In a meet, League and pool record that annihilated all three existing marks, the Tigers blitzed through the waters and dropped a near NCAA “A” qualifying time of 2:52.70 in the 400 Freestyle Relay final.

The quartet of Tigers fell just short of that mark with a 2:52.56 but breezed to victory by nearly three full seconds. It was a fitting end to a three-day meet that saw a steady Princeton team never challenged, en route to the 2009 team title.

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lennox doubles up again in butterfly

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A year ago Doug Lennox rolled to the 100y and 200y Butterfly titles at Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.

So just imagine how badly the Princeton senior was chomping at the bit to go after both titles once again in 2009 — this time in the friendly confines (well at least to Tiger swimmers) of DeNunzio Pool.

Lennox once again doubled up to sweep the Breaststroke discipline. Coming off of a record-setting swim in the 100y Butterfly, the senior also toppled all three existing records in the 200y with a 1:42.78.

To view the race in its entirety, head to FloSwimming.com.

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longest serving record falls to freshman in 200 breast

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For the longest time, it just seemed like a record that wasn’t ever going to fall. In 1991, American’s Sergio Lopez (yes, American was a part of the EISL all those years ago) ripped through the waters and unloaded a 1:57.93. It was a time that seemingly stood the test of time. Even as technology improved and athletes got bigger and stronger, nobody was even sniffing the record, let alone challenging it.

And it wasn’t even the all-time best time in the event for an Ivy/EISL meet — that one is even older (John VanSant’s 1:57.65 in 1987).

So when the 200y Breaststroke arrived on the slate, nobody really thought that this year would be any different. Records were breaking left and right, but this was that untouchable mark. Everyone knew that it was a futile chase.

Someone should have alerted the freshmen.

With a seemingly blatant disregard for history and everything that is associated with it, not one but two freshman went under the existing meet and League records: newly minted 100y Breaststroke champ Brendan McHugh (Penn) and Princeton’s Jonathan Christensen.

In that previous write-up of the 100y race, I noted that this discipline would be fun to watch for the next three years…

Well forget about the future, this party is well on its way. Christensen exacted a bit of revenge against his Quaker counterpart after qualifying a mere .03 behind in the preliminary.

Christensen’s exploits — to the tune of 1:56.42 — were a thing of beauty. After falling behind early in the race to McHugh, Jonathan took to reeling the speedster in. And thanks to a 30.04 third leg (to McHugh’s 30.51) and a 30.30 final leg (to McHugh’s 31.09), the Princeton Tiger did just that.

McHugh finished in 1:56.98.

Quite a race from both competitors. And suddenly this battle of freshman became a full on 15-round prize fight. But don’t sleep on the third freshman in the Breaststroke equation, Michael Cai. The Big Red youngster took third with a 1:58.95.

To view the race in its entirety, head to FloSwimming.com.

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righi rolls to third-fastest time in nation in 100 free

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I honestly can not even put into words the spectacle that Yale’s Alex Righi put forth for the DeNunzio patrons on Saturday night in the 100y Freestyle. I did tease it earlier tonight with the 41.91 announcement as it happened… but to write about the nuances of the race would cheat you as the viewer.

Just watch the video and you can provide your own commentary (provided you can be louder than those in the crowd that saw it live).

Good luck with that.

To view the race in its entirety, head to FloSwimming.com.

Posted in Meet Record, Righi, Yale

baity takes 200 back title to ithaca

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Cornell’s Phil Baity relied on his experience and natural talent to turn back to the field in the 200y Backstroke final.

A year ago Baity was upended by then-freshman, Jordan Diekema, in Diekema’s home Blodgett Pool. In the preliminaries, Diekema proved that the big 2008 upset wasn’t a fluke as he threw down a vicious 1:44.33 split.

But something happened in Diekema’s night swim. He faltered in an inexplicable manner and limped towards the wall at a seemingly pedestrian 1:49.52 compared to his morning swim. And Baity used that to his advantage.

For Baity, the victory was part vindication and part vengeance. Dropping his 1:46.19 to an NCAA “B” split of 1:44.36, the senior took home the top position and the 2009 Ivy League championship. It was his last individual race as a collegian, and to go out on top is a special thing.

Congratulations Phil!

To view the race in its entirety, head to FloSwimming.com.

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meyer holds off biggs' charge to grab win in 1650 freestyle

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Harvard’s Alex Meyer took down his second individual championship at the 2009 Ivy Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships after going out strong and holding off a stern challenge from the Princeton sophomore Patrick Biggs.

Meyer had been flirting with the meet mark throughout the swim but just did not have enough remaining to seal the deal and exonerate Harvard’s John Cole from the meet record.

He did, however, rewrite the DeNunzio Pool record of Harvard’s Brian Younger that has existed since 1995. Younger’s 15:06.79 has existed for 14 years, but was no match for Meyer, who dropped it down to a 15:01.18.

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