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Women's Swimming and Diving Update 2

Columbia's Katie Meili set an Uris Pool record in the 100-breast in a tri-meet with Penn and Harvard.
Columbia's Katie Meili set an Uris Pool record in the 100-breast in a tri-meet with Penn and Harvard.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard, Penn and Columbia swam in a tri-meet last Friday night to bring the first semester of Ivy League women’s swimming and diving to a close. All eight teams now head to the winter break and will take various winter training trips before resuming the competitive schedule in early January.

Harvard came away with two wins in the tri-meet with Columbia and Penn on Dec. 9 to improve to 4-0 (overall and Ivy) on the season to stay atop the League standings. Harvard edged Columbia, 157-143, and also beat Penn, 249-49. Columbia, which played host to the meet, downed Penn, 247-51 to move to 2-1 in dual meets on the season. 

As part of the Princeton’s annual Big Al Invitational, the Tigers downed Brown in a dual meet, 141-88, to keep pace with Harvard and move to 3-0 in the Ivy standings. The win moved Princeton's dual meet win streak to 41.

Columbia will be the first team to return to the dual meet schedule on Jan. 3, 2012 when it plays host to Wagner. The teams will be building towards the 2012 Ivy League Championships, which Harvard will host on Feb. 23-25 at the Blodgett Pool, Cambridge, Mass.

The first Mid-Major Division I Ranking were released on Nov. 17, with Harvard leading the Ivy women with a No. 4 ranking (points in parentheses). The next set of Mid-Major Division I Rankings will be released after the Dec. 13 post-invite submission deadline.

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

The Bears closed out the first semester by taking part in Princeton’s Big Al Invitational and with 621.5 points finished third in the 10-team field ... Brown also scored a dual meet versus Princeton as part of the Big Al and lost, 141-88 … senior Kristen Caldarella tied for first in the 200-free as she and Princeton's Aislinn Smalling both touched in at 1:50.79 … sophomore Briana Borgolini placed first in the 200-breast (2:14.90) … the Bears are back in action on Jan. 4 when they swim against Penn and Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.

Several Lion swimmers took part in the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta on Dec. 1-3, where junior Katie Meili led Columbia with a 29th-place finish in the 200 IM ... several other Lions participated in Princeton’s Big Al Open over that same weekend … at the Big Al, freshman diver Alyssa Menz earned points with seventh-place finishes in the 3-meter (241.70 points) and one-meter (230.05) diving competitions … the Lions then played host to an Ivy tri-meet on Dec. 9 that also involved Penn and Harvard … Columbia beat Penn, 247-51, but was edged by Harvard, 157-143 … Harvard’s 14-point victory was the closest dual meet that the Lions have ever been a part of … Columbia also set four Uris Pool records at the meet, including relay wins in the 200-yard medley (1:43.47) and the 400-yard freestyle (3:27.37) … senior Dorothy Baker set the pool record when she took first in the 100-back (56.32) and Meili set the pool mark en route to winning the 100-breast (1:02.11) … the Lions are back in action on Jan. 3 when they play host to Wagner.

The Big Red won the inaugural Ithaca College Invitational, which took place on Dec. 2-4, to close out the 2011 portion of its schedule ... Cornell recorded 1,975 points, besting runner-up SUNY Geneseo by 659 points … all told, the Big Red won six events, including individual victories by freshman Meredith Drummond in the 400 IM (4:25.60), junior Jessie Holley in the 100-breast (1:04.99) and sophomore Melissa Mrozinski in the 1650 free (17:25.71) … sophomore Manita Herlitz-Ferguson won the three-meter diving event with 458.95 points … the Big Red returns from break on Jan. 7 when it travels to New Haven, Conn., for a dual meet versus Yale.

The Big Green’s home-opening win on Nov. 19 versus Brown (172-123) marked the end of its 2011 schedule … Dartmouth is back in action on Jan. 14 when it plays host to an Ivy tri-meet that will also include Penn and Yale.    

The Crimson wrapped-up the 2011 portion of its schedule on Dec. 9 by recording Ivy wins over Columbia, 157-143, and Penn, 249-49, at Columbia’s Uris Pool … freshman Courtney Otto won three events including the 1000-free (10:04.96), the 200-fly (2:00.32) and the 500-free (4:53.33) … her time in the 200-fly set an Uris Pool record … other Crimson highlights included sophomore Jenna Gregoire finishing first in the 50-free (23.95), senior Meghan Leddy winning the 200-back (2:00.30) and sophomore Alex Stanton winning the one-meter diving competition with 259.15 points … Harvard returns from its winter break to host Brown on Jan. 14.

On Dec. 1-3, the Quakers swam to a first place finish in the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College ... Penn finished with 1187 points in the six-team field, besting second-place Kenyon by 115.5 points …  it was the third consecutive year the Quakers won the event … Penn got wins by freshman Taylor Sneed in the 100-back (56.24), junior Melissa Parratto in the 400 IM (4:25.16) and by freshman Kristi Edleson in the 1650-free (16:56.13) … the Quakers then dropped League decisions to Columbia, 247-51, and to Harvard, 249-49, on Dec. 9 at Columbia’s Uris Pool … in the Ivy League tri-meet, senior Laura Klick finished fourth in the 200-breast (2:24.90) and sixth in the 100-breast (1:06.72) … the Quakers resume the competitive portion of their schedule with a tri-meet versus Florida Atlantic and Brown in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Tigers played host to their annual Big Al Open on Dec. 2-4 and came away with a first place finish and a dual meet win over Brown, 141-88, to close out the 2011 portion of their schedule ... the Tigers finished the Big Al with 1103.5 points, which bested second-place Rutgers by 465.5 points in the 10-team field … the win over Brown extended the Tigers’ dual meet win streak to 41 … on the final day of the event, senior Meredith Monroe won the 200-back (1:58.92) and junior Carter Stephens won the 200-fly (2:00.55) … other Tiger highlights from the Big Al included sophomore Lisa Boyce once again setting the Princeton 100-back record (53.73) and senior Aislinn Smalling tying for the 200-free title with Brown senior Kristen Caldarella as both touched the wall in 1:50.79 … the Tigers are back in action on Jan. 29 when they travel to Hanover, N.H. for a tri-meet against Ivy foe Dartmouth and New Hampshire.

The Bulldogs closed out the 2011 portion of their schedule at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta on Dec. 2-4 ... junior Alexandra Forrester and senior Hayes Hyde both turned in Olympic Trials cut times to highlight Yale’s weekend … Forrester qualified in the 50-free when in the morning prelims, she touched the wall in 26.30 to post the 25th-fastest time out of 111 total swimmers in the event … then in the finals, Forrester finished 0.15 second faster (26.15) to place 29th overall … in the 200-fly both Forrester and Hyde posted Olympic Trials cut times as Forrester finished eighth (2:13.10) and Hyde placed 25th (2:16.31) … all told, Yale now has four swimmer who have qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., next June including Molly Albrecht, Forrester, Hyde and Athena Liao … the Bulldogs’ schedule resumes on Jan. 7 when it plays host to Ivy foe Cornell.