By: Charlotte Brackett
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s swimming and diving team lost a very close meet to Connecticut by a score of 122-115 after it all came down to the last relay. The Big Green won six events throughout the day.
Dartmouth started the meet on a high note with a come-from-behind victory in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:52.44). Having trailed the Huskies for the majority of the race, the Green’s last two legs of the relay were faster than their opponent, allowing them to finish two seconds ahead.
Having anchored the winning relay, Connor LaMastra swam (and won) the following event, the 1000-yard freestyle (9:22.92), out-touching North Hansen by almost 20 seconds. A few events later, LaMastra placed second in the 100-yard fly (50.12). Swimming in the 100-yard IM, Henry Patrick took third (53.86), while Charlie Palsho picked up a point by taking fifth (56.86).
In the 50-yard freestyle, Brandon Liao and Luke Martin took third and fourth with times of 21.69 and 22.14, respectively. The Big Green’s divers earned all 32 points by taking first through third on both boards. On 1-meter, Justin Sodokoff led the way (326.02) and was followed by Ray Neistat (301.35) and AJ Krok (253.65). Later, on 3-meter, it was Krok that finished in first place (335.85), while Sodokoff was second (323.92) and Neistat took third (283.28).
Joe Moll was second in the 200-yard IM (1:54.59), touching just eight one-hundredths of a second out of first. Robert Purvis also scored, coming in fifth place (1:57.53). Later on, Moll won the 500-yard freestyle (4:37.76), leaving seven seconds between him and Karl Bishop in second. In the 100-yard freestyle, Hall – who was second after the first 50 – came back to win (47.19), out-touching a Husky by two-tenths. Martin (49.03) and Parker Hershberger (49.07) also earned some points.
Swimming in the 100-yard backstroke, Matt Degtyar finished in third place (53.29) and Matt Luciano was fifth (55.92). UConn’s Will Kearsey broke the pool record from 2015 with his time of 48.65. In a very close 100-yard breaststroke, Liao came out on top (59.41), finishing two-tenths of a second ahead of a UConn swimmer. Hershberger and Palsho were third (59.91) and fourth (1:00.21).
With the meet on the line, the Huskies earned 15 points by taking first and second in the 200-yard medley relay. The Big Green followed in third (1:35.31).
Next up, Dartmouth will host the two-day Tate Ramsden Invitational on Jan. 25-26. The event honors former teammate Tate Ramsden ’17, who tragically passed away on Dec. 26, 2015.