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D'Alessandro, Strand Break Tiger Records During Strong Day 1 Of Big Al Open

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/06/2013
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Teo D'Alessandro broke his own school record in the 200 IM Friday.
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Sophomore Teo D'Alessandro and junior Michael Strand turned the first night of the Big Al Open into a record-breaking occasion. The duo, part of Princeton's six-man NCAA contingent last spring, broke a pair of Princeton records to help the Tigers out to a big lead after Day 1 of the 2013 Big Al Open.

D'Alessandro lowered his own school record in the 200 IM, going 1:45.08 in the prelims, while Strand went 46.68 in the opening leg of the 400 medley relay to break his own record of 47.04. Strand's time currently ranks among the Top 10 nationally, while D'Alessandro has a Top 15 time.

Together, they helped Princeton score 369 team points during the first day of the weekend meet. Dartmouth (221) holds a slim edge over Brown (204) for second place; the meet continues Saturday with prelims at 11 am and finals at 6 pm.

Neither record breaker was part of Princeton's first win of the meet, as the quartet of Harrison Wagner, Connor Maher, Julian Mackrel and Jeremy Wong won the 200 free relay in 1:20.06. Strand did lead off a second-place effort for a second Tiger team, as he joined En-Wei Hu-Van Wright, Sandy Bole and Brooks Powell for a time of 1:21.25.

Freshman Sam Smiddy continued his terrific start to the season by winning the 500 free in 4:27.82. He won an exciting battle with Brown's Cory Mayfield, who finished second in 4:27.93. Senior Paul Nolle took fourth in 4:31.54, while freshman Lance Rutkin placed sixth in 4:32.48.

D'Alessandro had his record-breaking swim during the morning session, though he finished off his day with a 200 IM victory in 1:45.37. Classmate Marco Bove added a third-place finish in 1:48.61, while senior tri-captain Daniel Hasler placed fifth in 1:50.65.

Wagner finished second in the 50 free in 20.24, while Wong (20.35) and Mackrel (20.72) added fifth- and sixth-place finishes for the Tigers.

Junior Michael Manhard placed second in the 1-meter diving finals with 308.75 points, while senior Mark O'Connell finished fourth with 299.20 points.

Strand's record-setting relay leg ignited strong swims from Jack Pohlmann, D'Alessandro and Wagner to post a winning time of 3:12.88 in the 400 medley relay. Princeton took two of the top three spots, as the quartet of Hu-Van Wright, Hasler, Bove and Wong placed third in 3:17.17.

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