38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Swimming & Diving
As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.
Princeton Men's Swimming & Diving • Ten Fast Facts
1) Princeton competed in its first men's swimming and diving meet on April 21, 1906 against Yale. The Tigers won 41-23.
2) Since the NCAA swimming and diving championship meets began in 1924, Princeton has produced 22 individual champions. Most recently, the 1990 foursome of Mike Ross ’90, Ty Nelson ’91, Leroy Kim ’93 and Erik Osborn ’90 set an American record in capturing the 200-yard medley relay.
3) Nelson Diebel ’95 took the 1991-92 school year off to train for the 1992 Olympics. The move paid off: Diebel broke the American record in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Olympic trials and went on to win the gold in world-record time in Barcelona. He captured a second gold as part of the medley-relay team. Three other Princetonians have won Olympic medals: Albert Vande Weghe ’40 (1936, silver in the 100-meter backstroke); Jed Graef ’64 (1964, gold in the 200-meter backstroke); and Ross Wales ’69 (1968, bronze in the 100-meter butterfly).
4) Seven Tigers have won the Phil Moriarty Award/Ivy League Swimmer of the Meet as the highest scorer at the Eastern Seaboard Meet or Ivy League Championships: Andy Saltzman '80 (1971); Andy O’Hara ’81 (1980); Dan Veatch ’87 (1984, 1986, 1987); Naiden Kremenliev ’93 (1993); Jesse Gage '03 (2002, 2003); Jon Christensen '12 (2012); and Paul Nolle '14 (2012).
5) Head coach Rob Orr will begin his 35th season this year, and he can reach the 300-win plateau with six victories in eight dual meets (seven Ivies + Navy) this season.
6) Princeton has won five straight Ivy League titles, dating back to the 2009 championship. That is the second-longest championship streak in program history; the longest was a nine-year run between 1984-1992.
7) Three rising juniors won Ivy League individual titles last season: Harrison Wagner (50 free), Michael Strand (100 back) and Connor Maher (200 back). Rising sophomores Teo D'Alessandro (200 IM) and Byron Sanborn (100/200 breast) both placed second in their respective finals.
8) Princeton sent six swimmers to the 2013 NCAA Championships, including individual qualifiers Harrison Wagner and Byron Sanborn. Princeton also had Sandy Bole, Teo D'Alessandro, Connor Maher and Michael Strand compete in several relay events.
9) Rising senior captain Daniel Hasler broke Nelson Diebel's Princeton record in the 200 breast at the 2013 US Open earlier this summer. He finished in 2:14.97 and placed 14th overall in the event.
10) In the last decade, Princeton has had 12 different All-America honorees, ranging from individual swimming/diving events to relays. The last championship finalist was Jon Christensen '12 (200 breast, 2012).
Princeton Men's Swimming & Diving • Five To Watch
|Sophomore Byron Sanborn was an NCAA individual qualifier his first season and figures to be one of the top breaststrokers in the Ivy League.||Junior Harrison Wagner is the reigning Ivy champion in the 50 free and a former All-America. He is a key sprinter for Princeton's relays.|
July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Ice Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming & Diving
Aug 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug 5 - Wrestling
Aug 6 - Women's Indoor Track & Field
Aug 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug 8 - Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Aug 9 - Men's Swimming & Diving