Big Green Swim Well on Second Day of Big Al

Sat Dec 2, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. – Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving had a number of good performances on day two of the Big Al Invitational. The Big Green moved up to seventh place with 159 points, sitting 14 points ahead of Rider in eighth.

To start the evening, Dartmouth placed 12th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.54). Made up of JP Mortenson, Brandon Liao, Matthew Luciano and Henry Patrick, the Big Green left two-tenths between them and Villanova. 

Connor LaMastra was first in the B final and ninth overall in the 400-yard IM (3:55.26), dropping a second and a half off his morning swim. Robert Purvis was in the C final and swam a 4:03.50, also improving on his time.

In the 100-yard fly, Mortenson was 14th (50.32), touching just three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Rider’s Maciej Paz. Luciano was in the C final and swam a similar time to prelims (50.88). Three Dartmouth swimmers touched within seven tenths of a second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Brandon Liao led the way in 21st (58.00) and was followed by Delaney Hall (58.18) and Patrick Kang (58.77).

Two Big Green divers competed in finals on the 3-meter diving board. Justin Sodokoff improved greatly from prelims to take third (332.05), while AJ Krok was close behind in fifth (277.95). Ray Neistat placed 12th in the morning (227.75). Combined, the three divers earned 42 points toward the team’s total.

On the 1-meter board the day before, Sodokoff took fourth (288.55) at finals. At prelims, Krok and Neistat were 13th and 16th with scores of 225.25 and 217.35, respectively. 

The Big Green swam well in the 800-yard freestyle relay, finishing in fifth place (6:41.94). Composed of LaMastra, Carter Jacobsen, Tony Shen and Bruno Korbar, Dartmouth touched just over two tenths of a second ahead of William & Mary. The Green’s time of 6:39.87 was just a second and a half off the Dartmouth record.

The third and final day of the invite will begin at 9 a.m.