Upcoming Big Al Open Stands As Home Highlight For Swimming & Diving Season
One of the biggest early-season collegiate swimming & diving meets will take place this weekend, as seven schools will meet at DeNunzio Pool Friday for the three-day Big Al Open.
In the rare season when neither the H-Y-P weekend nor either Ivy League championship weekend will take place in Princeton, the 2013 Big Al Open will be the highlight of the home schedule for the reigning Ivy champion Tiger men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
The competition will take place over three days, with both a preliminary session and a finals session taking place Friday through Sunday. Over the first two days, prelims will be held at 11 and finals will be at 6; on Sunday, prelims will be at 10 and finals at 5. A complete schedule can be found below.
You can watch all six sessions of the meet through the Ivy League Digital Network (see link above). You can also follow the results live using the link at the top of this release, or you can follow on your phone through Meet Mobile.
On the women’s side, Princeton will take on Brown, Dartmouth, Rider, Yale and Villanova; the men will take on Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Rider and Villanova.
For both, the weekend will also serve as the regular season dual meet between Princeton and Brown, as well as between Princeton and Dartmouth.
While the Ivy League title won’t be determined for more than two months, several expected key competitors in both championship weekends will test themselves against top Ivy rivals during the Big Al Open.
Princeton is led by All-America senior Lisa Boyce, a seven-time individual Ivy League champion and a two-time High Point Scorer of the Meet. Boyce has won the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back each of the last two years, and she earned All-America honors in the 100 free at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
After powering Princeton to an Ivy League title last season, the versatile Class of 2016 has impressed early this season. Sada Stewart and Nikki Larson were among the individual winners at the season-opening Princeton Open, while freshmen Olivia Chan (100, 200 breast) and Caitlin Chambers (1- and 3-meter diving) were both multiple-event winners in their Orange and Black debuts.
Brown returns a trio of Top 5 finishers at the Ivy Championships, including senior Briana Borgolini, who earned a runner-up finish in the 200 breast. Katie Dillione was in the top four in both the 100 and 200 free, while Reia Tong took fourth in the 50 free.
Dartmouth’s Katy Feng will challenge Princeton’s deep diving contingent; Feng comes in as the reigning Ivy League champion in the 3-meter event. Kendese Nangle was a three-time Ivy finalist last year, and she finished as high as fifth (200 back).
Yale brings arguably the league’s most dominant 1-2 punch in the distance events. Sophomore Eva Fabian is the reigning Ivy champion in both the 1000 and the mile, while Casey Lincoln took third last year in both events.
Similar to the women’s side, the Princeton Class of 2016 was instrumental in Princeton winning a fifth straight Ivy League title last year, and several members of the entire squad will be looking for big performances this weekend against some of the Ivy’s best swimmers.
Princeton returns Ivy champions in juniors Connor Maher (200 back), Michael Strand (100 back) and Harrison Wagner (50 free). Both Maher and Strand will meet up with the Ivy finalist from last season; Dartmouth’s James Verhagen took second in both back events during the 2013 Championships.
Sophomore Teo D’Alessandro was the runner-up in the 200 IM at the Ivy League championships and one of the team’s top performers throughout the season. He will look to upset Dartmouth senior Nejc Zupan, the reigning Ivy champion in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast.
Another 1-2 duo that will meet this weekend will be in the fly events. Brown’s Tommy Glenn is the defending champion in both the 100 and 200, while Columbia’s David Jakl was the runner-up both times. Fellow Columbia swimmer Dominik Koll will also be looking to move one step up the podium at Ivies later this season; he was the runner-up in both the 200 and 500 free.
Two of the league’s premier divers graduated last season, including Princeton’s Stevie Vines, and a handful of competitors will look to make early statements. Michael Manhard already broke the Tigers’ 1-meter record at the Princeton Open, while Brown’s Brett Gillis was a Top-4 finisher in the 1-meter event last year.
Friday: Prelims 11 am; Finals 6 pm
Saturday: Prelims 11 am; Finals 6 pm
Sunday: Prelims 10 am; Finals 5 pm
SWIMMING EVENT SCHEDULE
|200 Free Relay||200 Medley Relay||1650 Free|
|500 Free||400 IM||200 Back|
|200 IM||100 Fly||100 Free|
|50 Free||200 Free||200 Breast|
|(break)||100 Breast||200 Fly|
|400 Medley Relay||100 Back||(break)|
|(break)||400 Free Relay|
|800 Free Relay|
DIVING EVENT SCHEDULE
|Fri/2 pm||Men's 1M prelims|
|Fri/7 pm||Men's 1M finals|
|Sat/12 pm||Women's 1M prelims|
|Sat/4 pm||Men's 3M prelims|
|Sat/6:30 pm||Women's 1M finals|
|Sat/7:45 pm||Men's 3M finals|
Women's 3M prelims
|Sun/6 pm||Women's 3M finals|