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Ivies Shine In Water
Created: 8/8/2003 10:25:53 PM

Three Ivy League swimmers had stellar breakthrough performances at the 2003 ConocoPhillips National Swimming & Diving Championships in College Park, Md.

On Thursday Princeton senior Juan Valdivieso (Bethesda, Md.) took third in the finals of the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:00.03. Brian Johns of Canada won the race in a time of 1:59.29.

On Friday, Harvard junior James Lawler (Greenwich, Conn.), who finished fourth in the 200 fly behind Valdivieso, took second in the 100-meter butterfly with a blazing 54.15 clocking. Only Eugene Botes of Big Cat Aquatics was faster (53.54). With his two high finishes, Lawler is one of just 15 swimmers at the championship to amass 30 points individually.

Brown's Liz Daniels (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had two Olympic Trial qualifying times, finishing third in the 50 freestyle (25.99) and 18th in the 100 free (57.05).

Harvard junior John Cole (Harrington Park, N.J.) had earlier taken ninth place in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:11.44. Two other Crimson swimmers -- senior Dan Shevchik (Wilton, Conn.) and sophomore Mark Knepley (Wayne, Pa.) -- each posted top-20 finishes.

Shevchik was 13th in the 200 backstroke (2:04.69) and 19th in the 400 individual medley (4:30.30) while Knepley took 18th in the 100 freestyle (51.38).

The ConocoPhillips National Swimming and Diving Championships conclude Saturday.

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