Princeton Maintains Its Lead After Day 2 of Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second day of the 2013
Ivy League Women's Swimming & Diving Championships saw
defending champion Harvard move closer, but host Princeton
maintained its spot at the top of the standings with one day
remaining to determine the title.
Swimming at their own DeNunzio Pool, the Tigers have 953.5 points after two days of action, just ahead of the Crimson, which has 920 points. Columbia is in third with 796, followed by Yale (694), Dartmouth (565), Penn (503), Brown (455.5) and Cornell (392).
Princeton won the 800-free relay, went 1-2 in the 100 back and 2-3-5 in the 100 fly. The Tigers' victory in the 800 free relay was their first since 2010, ending Harvard's two-year run. Princeton's time of 7:12.64 just missed the League record time of 7:12.53, but was enough to hold off the Crimson, which finished second with a time of 7:14.27.
Tiger junior Lisa Boyce held on to the 100 back title for a third-straight year, this time with a League record time of 52.93, while teammate Sada Stewart was next with a time of 53.53. However, Harvard went 3-4 in the event to earn 53 points.
Columbia senior Katie Meili had a busy day, helping her team accumulate 142 points after competing in three events. In her first event, Meili swam with the Lions' 200 medley relay team that took second with at time of 1:39.52, which would have been an Ivy League record were it not for Harvard's relay team, which won the event with a time of 1:39.48. Meili then won the 100 breast with a League-record and NCAA A-qualifying time of 58.96. To close out her evening, Meili was the first leg of Columbia's 800-free relay team that placed third with a time of 7:14.81.
For the first time in program history, Yale can lay claim to a 1,000 free title. Freshman Eva Fabian became the first Bulldog to win the event, touching in 9:46.08. Two Crimson freshmen finished among the top four, as Marlee Ehrlich took second and Sherry Liu placed fourth, earning Harvard 54 valuable points.
Yale also earned a victory in the 10 -fly, as senior Alex Forrester won her second-straight and third in the past four years with a League record time of 51.57, breaking her own previous record of 51.68 that she set in the morning's prelims. Her winning time also beats the NCAA A time of 52.11. Forrester is just the second Ivy to win three titles in the 100 fly and the first since Brown's Kari Klassen won three-straight from 1996-98.
In the 400 IM, Columbia junior Alena Kluge upset defending champion Courtney Otto of Harvard, out-touching her by two-hundreths of a second to become the first Lion to win the title since Cristina Teuscher won her second in a row in 2000. Kluge also finished second to teammate Meili in the 200 IM.
Harvard won its second event of the day when junior Sara Li (1:46.48) narrowly defeated two-time defending champion Shelby Fortin (1:46.67) of Penn in the 200-free.
The third and final day of the Ivy League Women's Swimming & Diving Championships kicks off with the trials at 11 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m. The finals will be broadcast live and free of charge on www.IvyLeagueSports.com.
1. Princeton, 953.5
2. Harvard, 920
3. Columbia, 796
4. Yale, 694
5. Dartmouth, 565
6. Penn, 503
7. Brown, 455.5
8. Cornell, 392