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Women's Swimming and Diving Update 3

Yale's Joan Weaver
Yale's Joan Weaver

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2012 portion of the Ivy League women’s swimming and diving season has begun, with Columbia, Penn, Cornell, Brown and Yale having competed dual meets to open the New Year.

In League action, Penn downed Brown on Jan. 4 by the score of 174-107, while Yale bested Cornell on Jan. 7, 189.5-93.5. The wins moved the Quakers to 2-3 in the conference standings, while the Bulldogs evened their Ivy record at 1-1. Brown and Cornell remain winless in Ivy play. 

Columbia was the first team to return from break, downing Wagner 169-88 on Jan. 3.

The Ivy season will increase in intensity over the coming weekends as the teams move through their dual and tri-meet schedules and look towards the 2012 Ivy League Championships, which Harvard will play host to on Feb. 23-25 at the Blodgett Pool, Cambridge, Mass.

The second set of Mid-Major Division I Rankings were released on Dec. 15. The Crimson moved up two places to second, while Princeton entered the rankings at No. 4. The next set of Mid-Major Division I Rankings will be released after the Feb. 7 pre-conference championship submission deadline.

Ivies in the Mid-Major rankings
2. Harvard (253.83 points)
4. Princeton (250.16)
11. Columbia (239.09)
RV. Dartmouth

The Bears returned to competitive swimming on Jan. 4 when they dropped decisions to Penn, 174-107, and Florida Atlantic, 141-139, as part of a tri-meet in Boca Raton, Fla. … the 50-free proved to be Brown’s best event of the day as sophomores Emma Lamothe and Megan Nolet took second and third, respectively … Lamothe finished in 25.20 and Nolet touched the wall at 25.68 … in the 100-fly, freshman Kate Dillione came in second with a time of 59.23 … senior Rebecca Tassell posted a high score of 237.15 to win the one-meter diving event … the Bears’ schedule resumes on Jan. 14 when they swim at Harvard.

The Lions returned from break with a 169-88 home win over Wagner on Jan. 3 … Columbia won 12 of 15 events … sophomore Grace Senko led the Lions with two individual first-place finishes … Senko took first in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:35.12 and then placed first in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 59.41 … Columbia returns to Ivy competition on Jan. 21 when it plays host to Cornell at Uris Pool.

The Big Red returned from break on Jan. 7 when it fell at Yale, 189.5-93.5 … sophomore Kim Jerome won the 200-breast in 2:23.40 and also finished second on the 100-breast with a time of 1:05.22 … junior Jessie Holley placed first in the 100-breast, finishing in 1:04.73 … freshman Meredith Drummond finished second in the 200-fly (2:08.04) and the 500-free (5:05.20) … Cornell next swims against Colgate on Jan. 14.

Dartmouth is back in action on Jan. 14 when it plays host to an Ivy tri-meet that will also include Penn and Yale.    

Harvard returns from its winter break to host Brown on Jan. 14.

The Quakers resumed the competitive portion of their schedule with a pair of wins against Florida Atlantic, 154-124, and Ivy foe Brown, 174-107, on Jan. 4 as part of a tri-meet in Boca Raton, Fla. … the Quakers had a 1-2-3 finish in 1,000-free with Julie Anderson placing first in 10:32.16, Rebecca Aiello finishing second in 10:37.91 and Kristi Edleson taking third in 10:39.79 … other highlights for Penn included Shelby Fortin winning the 200-free in 1:54.74 and the 100-free in 53.20 … the Quakers are back in action on Jan. 14 when they take on League foes Dartmouth and Yale on Jan. 14 in Hanover, N.H.

The Tigers are back in action on Jan. 29 when they travel to Hanover, N.H. for a tri-meet against Ivy foe Dartmouth as well as New Hampshire.

The Bulldogs returned from their break on Jan. 7 with a 189.5-93.5 home win over Cornell ... the win evened Yale’s Ivy record at 1-1 on the year … senior Rachel Rosenberg took the top spot in one-meter and three-meter diving with scores of 284.62 and 271.95 … with her score of 284.62 on the one-meter board, Rosenberg qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships … junior Molly Albrecht captured the first individual race of the meet, taking the 1,000-free in 10:26.76 … senior Joan Weaver won the 200-free in 1:52.74 and followed that performance with a win in the 50-free with a career-best time of 24.54 … Weaver then added her third win of the day in the 500-free when she touched the wall in 5:02.99 … overall, Yale won 13 events on the day… the Bulldogs return to the pool on Jan. 14 when they face Ivy foes Dartmouth and Penn on Jan. 14 in Hanover, N.H.