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D'Alessandro Wins 200 IM, Guides Princeton To Second After Day 1 Of Ivies
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 02/28/2014

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Sophomore Teo D'Alessandro won his first individual Ivy League title and led a 1-2-3 Princeton finish in the 200 IM to help the men's swimming and diving team move into second place after Day 1 of the 2014 Ivy League Championships.

Thanks to big efforts in both the 500 and the 50 free, Harvard holds a lead with 505 points. Princeton, the five-time reigning Ivy League champion, is second with 400 points, while Penn is third with 315 points. The meet continues Friday at Harvard's Blodgett Pool, with prelims at 11 am and finals at 6 pm.

Princeton opened the finals session with a third-place finish in the 200 free relay, as the team of Harrison Wagner, Connor Maher, En-wei Hu-Van Wright and Jeremy Wong finished in 1:19.52.

Freshman Sam Smiddy made his Ivy League Championships debut in the 500 free, where he placed sixth in 4:25.45. He was the lone Tiger in the 'A' final, though sophomore teammate Zach Ridout won the 'C' final in 4:26.96.

Harvard grabbed a big lead after the 500, but Princeton cut into it significantly during its 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM. D'Alessandro won his first individual Ivy League championship in a pool record time of 1:45.45, while classmate Marco Bove took second in 1:46.53. Byron Sanborn, an NCAA qualifier in the breast last year, finished third in 1:46.61. A fourth sophomore, Hu-Van Wright, finished seventh overall in 1:47.59.

The Crimson was able to extend its advantage in the 50 free, taking four of the top six spots, but junior Harrison Wagner did pick up a fifth-place finish in 20.00. Sophomore Jeremy Wong finished eighth in 20.55.

Princeton placed two in the 1-meter 'A' final, and junior Michael Manhard placed fourth with 318.70 points. Senior Mark O'Connell added a seventh-place finish with 304.95 points.

The Tigers finished the session with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay, as the quartet of Michael Strand, Sanborn, D'Alessandro and Wong finished in 3:10.82.

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