Friday, March 6, 2009

Making a splash at Denunzio and keeping title hopes alive

This weekend, I suggest you head down to DuNunzio Pool to watch the men's swimming and diving team compete against its Ivy League foes in the Ivy League Championships. And if you want to follow away games, look to see if the men's basketball team can keep its Ivy title hopes alive against Columbia and league-leader Cornell.

After Day 1, the unbeaten Tigers currently hold a 179-point lead over Ancient Eight rival Harvard. Today marks Day 2 of the meet, with a prelims session at 11 a.m. and a finals session at 6 p.m. Tomorrow, the meet will wrap up, with the prelims again at 11 a.m. and the finals again at 6 p.m.

In case you missed last night's events, here's a rundown to fill you in. Princeton grabbed a key victory in the 200 free relay, with seniors Doug Lennox and Mike Carter, freshman Michael Monovoukas and junior Jonathan Hartmann claiming first in that event.  Freshman Travis McNamara won the 500 free in 4:18.04,  breaking a DeNunzio record in the process.  On the diving board, junior Dan Dickerson nabbed a title in the 1-meter event with a score of 317.85 points. 

On the basketball court, the Tigers tip off against Columbia at 7 p.m. on Friday night in New York. If Princeton can defeat the Lions, it still has a chance to snatch the Ivy title from Cornell. This showdown takes place on Saturday evening in Ithaca, N.Y., also at 7 p.m. The Tigers remain 1.5 games behind the Big Red in the title hunt, so they need to grab both games in order to have a shot at the championship.