Records Fall on Day 1 of Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After two League records were set during the morning prelims to kick off the 2013 Ivy League Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool, the crowd knew they were in for a treat. The teams did not disappoint, breaking those two records and setting two more at the evening finals session to set up what should be an exciting finish to the event.
At the end of the first day, Princeton was in first-place with 473.5 team points, ahead of defending champion Harvard, which is second with 412 points. Yale (324), Columbia (313), Dartmouth (244), Brown (189.5), Penn (173) and Cornell (147) round out the rest of the standings.
The Tigers garnered 120 points in the two relays alone, finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle with a League-record time of 1:30.49 and placing second in the 400-yard medley with a time of 3:37.49. Not only was junior Lisa Boyce a part of both relay squads, she also set a League record in the 50-free during prelims and then broke her own record in the finals with a time of 22.07 to win for the second-straight year.
Boyce was not the only swimmer to win multiple titles for her team. Columbia senior Katie Meili was a part of the Lions' 400-yard medley relay winning squad that posted a time of 3:36.87 – best in League history – after winning her third-straight 200 IM title with a time of 1:55.09 – best in League history. Meili became the first swimmer in Columbia history to win three-consecutive 200 IM titles; she was also a part of the Lions' 200-freestyle relay team that took third.
Penn junior Shelby Fortin won the 500-yard free with a time of 4:41.34 to become the first Quaker to win three-straight titles in that event, while Harvard's lone title on the day came in the one-meter dive, as senior Brittany Powell became the first Crimson to win the event since Sam Papadakis in 2008. Her total of 290.45 is the most since Princeton's Katie Giarra posted 321.05 in 2009.
Although Harvard only won one event, the Crimson is in second thanks to a number of solid performances, including a third-place finish by Sara Li in the 50-free, a fourth-place finish in the 500-free by freshman Sherry Liu and a fifth-place finish by freshman Kendall Crawford in the 200 IM.
Friday's prelims kicks off at 11 a.m. The evening session, which will be streamed live on www.IvyLeagueSports.com, begins at 6 p.m.
1. Princeton, 473.5
2. Harvard, 412
3. Yale, 324
4. Columbia, 313
5. Dartmouth, 244
6. Brown, 189.5
7. Penn, 173
8. Cornell, 147