Remember when the Dartmouth College swim team was cut back in 2002, only to be reinstated after a fury of public outcry — including the boyfriend of a then-student swimmer posting the Division I team for sale on eBay? Well, if you’ll recall, one of the main reasons why it was cut was because the school could never field a competitive team. Dartmouth regularly finished at the bottom of the Ivy League swimming standings. Well, just as the fate of the Dartmouth swim team was reversed when it was un-eliminated, the school’s swimming program has risen in the Ivy League standings!
The Dartmouth men’s team at 3-3 in the Ivy League and 4-3 overall is firmly in the middle of the pack. At 6-0, Harvard sits in first place, with the 5-1 Princeton Tigers in second. In third is Yale at 4-2 and in fourth is Columbia at 3-2. Behind Dartmouth is Brown at 2-4 in addition to Penn and the winless Cornell Big Red. And how about on the women’s side, you ask? Dartmouth has done a bit better since the team was reinstated but they’re not in last right now with a 4-5 overall record and 1-5 Ivy League record. Cornell sits in last place (just like their men’s swimming program). On the women’s side, Harvard too sits in first with an undefeated mark of 7-0 in Ivy League play (and 9-0 overall). Princeton is next at 5-1 overall as well as in League play.
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