Men's swimming loses two meets on the road

by Richard Petty | 11/27/96 6:00am

The Dartmouth men's swim team opened their season this past weekend against Brown and Navy. Though expectations were high, the team left the Naval Academy with an 0-2 record. The Big Green lost to Navy 175-67 and lost to Brown 137-98.

Jon Kenyon '97, Dan Concannon '00, Mike Vucovich '00 and Geoff Walford '99 took fourth place in the 400 meter medley relay, finishing in 4:02.25. After taking fourth in the 800 meter freestyle and the 200 meter freestyle, the Big Green came alive behind Kenyon's third place finish in the 50 freestyle. Vucovich followed up on Kenyon's effort by taking second in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:11.97.

The Big Green turned in a consistent performance on the diving boards with Toby Hays '99 taking second on both the one meter board and the three meter board, scoring 283.05 and 280.50 points, repectively.

"We faced some of the best competition we will see all year." Diving Coach Ron Keenhold said. "Navy has a very strong program. Toby did very well for his first time out. Mark [Devlin '98] also dove very well. The improvement he has made since last year is significant."

The Big Green capitalized on the diving break, with a strong showing in the 200 meter butterfly, the first event after the break. Michael Hooper '99 took second in 2:11.00, followed by Matt Brennan '98 in third, 2:12.49.

The Big Green came out strong following the second diving break. Dan Concannon turned in Dartmouth's only victory, dominating the 200 meter breaststroke in 2:24.72, four seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

"We swam well," Coach Jim Wilson said. "It just that with so many weak spots, our strengths can't outweigh the holes we've got."

The team was plagued by a lack of depth. With only 14 swimmers, the team struggled against a Navy squad with over 30 swimmers. The team's next meet is at home against the University of New Hampshire, Dec. 4.