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November 21, 2011

Women's Swimming and Diving Update 1

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With each of the Ivy League women’s swimming and diving teams having taken part in at least one conference contest, its time to take a lap around the League and see where the teams stand in the eraly going.

Princeton and Harvard, last year’s first and second place finishers at the 2011 Ivy League Championship meet, have jumped out to 2-0 records in the Ivy standings. The Tigers downed Penn (155-125) and Cornell (180-99.5) to run its dual meet win streak to 40, while Harvard has recorded wins over Cornell (218-80) and Dartmouth (187.5-110.5) to open its season.

While the Big Green dropped its meet versus Harvard, Dartmouth does have two Ivy wins on the year, including a 176.5-123.5 victory over Cornell and a 172-123 win against Brown.

On Friday, November 11 Columbia and Yale kicked off the 2011-12 Ivy League schedule, with the Lions edging the Bulldogs, 161.5-138.5, in a meet that came down to the final relay. Two Uris pool records were set, beginning with the Lion 200-medley relay team of Katie Meili, Mikaila Gaffey, Caroline Lukins and Stella Zhao finishing in a record time of 1:44.06. Yale’s Alex Forrester set the pool record by winning the 50-free in 23.13.

While Brown, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Cornell and Penn will swim in various invitationals over the coming days, the League schedule does not pick up again until Dec. 9 when Columbia, Penn and Harvard meet in a tri-meet in New York, N.Y.

The first CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Ranking were released on Nov. 17, with Harvard leading the Ivy women with a No. 4 ranking (points in parentheses):

Ivies in the Mid-Major rankings
4. Harvard (231.70)
10. Columbia (227.37)
22. Dartmouth (217.22)

Brown
The Bears lost to Dartmouth on Nov. 19 in their first meet of the year (172-123) … started off the meet with Catie Pittman, Jamie Firth, Emma Lamothe and Kristen Calderall combining for a win in the 200-yard medley relay ... Sophomore Briana Borgolini broke a pool record set in 1998, with a time of 1:04.31 in the 100-yard breast.

Columbia
The Lions beat Yale on Nov. 11 (161.5-138.5) … Alyssa Menz won the 1m diving competition with an NCAA qualifying standard of 266.40 points in her first collegiate meet … the Lions also took part in the Boston Univ. Invitational from Nov. 18-20, where they finished first overall (through 40 events) with 911.5 points.
 
Cornell
The Big Red lost to Harvard (218-80) and Dartmouth (176.5-123.5) in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 12 to open its season … Cornell then picked up losses to Princeton (180.5-99.5) and Penn (189.5-91.5) in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 19 … Manita Herlitz-Ferguson took first versus Penn and Princeton on the 3-meter boards … also against Penn and Princeton, Jessie Holley and Kim Jerome went 1-2 overall in the 100-breast.
The Big Green opened its season by recording a win and a loss versus Cornell (W, 176.5-123.5) and Harvard (L, 187.5-110.5) on Nov. 12 in Cambridge, Mass. … Dartmouth followed with a home-opening win on Nov. 19 versus Brown (172-123) … in the win over Brown, the Big Green went 1-2-3 in the 1,000-meter with Danielle Kerr winning the event with a time of 10:19.95, while Erin Henn and Kirstin Hocheder finished in second and third with times of 10:36.25 and 10.39.63, respectively.           

Harvard
The Crimson opened the year with home wins over Cornell (218-80) and Dartmouth (187.5-110.5) on Nov. 12 … Harvard won 12 of 16 events, including each of the first eight … dating back to last season, the Crimson has won five consecutive home meets … sophomore Jenna Gregoire won the 50-free in 24.27 and senior Leslie Rea capped off the eight event win streak with a first-place finish in the one-meter dive with a final score of 263.95.

Penn
The Quakers opened League play with a tri-meet versus Cornell and Princeton on Nov. 19 and came out with a win versus Cornell (189.5-91.5) and a loss to the Tigers (155-125) … coming up with first-place finishes versus Cornell and Princeton were Julie Anderson, who won the 1,000-Free in 10:21.32, and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Jenny Claydon, Hayley Springman, Sammi Husband and Shelby Fortin, who won in 3:34.06.

Princeton
The Tigers opened the year with wins over Penn (155-125) and Cornell (180-99.5) on Nov. 19 in a tri-meet that was contested in Philadelphia, Pa. … Princeton captured 11 victories in the 16 events … included in the wins were Claire Loht taking the 200-free in 1:51.83, Shirley Wang winning the 100-back in 57.57 and Lisa Boyce winning the 100-free in 51.44 … The Tigers also went 1-2-3 in the 200-back, with Meredith Monroe winning the event in 2:05.30.

Yale
The Bulldogs were edged at Columbia (161.5-138.5) on Nov. 11 in their season-opening meet, which came down to the final relay … Cynthia Tsay won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 57.83 … Yale also took part in Boston University's Terrier Invitational (Nov. 18-20), where Alexandra Forrester brought in the most points for the Bulldogs, winning two individual events and contributing to two second-place relay finishes … all told the Bulldogs racked up 373.5 points to finish third among ten teams at the BU Invite.