December 4, 2011

Brown Swimming & Diving Finishes Third at Princeton Invitational

Princeton, N.J.  – Both the men's and women's swimming & diving teams finished third overall at the annual Princeton Invitational this weekend. The host Tigers took first place for the men and women, while Rutgers finished second on the women's side and Columbia second for the men. The Bears also competed against James Madison, Villanova, Rider, Virginia, The Military Academy and Drexel.

Sophomore standout Tommy Glenn finished second in the men's 500 yard feestyle, finishing in 4:32.14. Glenn later posted the men's first win of the invitational, taking the 100 free with a time of 49.49. The second-year swimmer also finished second in the 200 free in 1:39.08.

Brown's 400 medley relay team of Paul Hunter, Mike McVicker, Glenn and James Hunter posted a third-place finish with a time of 3:23.54. McVicker added a third-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 56.74.

The Bear's 800 free relay team took second with a time of 6:45.96. Glenn, Danny Fujinaka, J. Hunter and Brian Barr combined for the silver. 

Fujnaka followed up his silver in the 800 free relay with a bronze in the 1650 free, finishing in 16:03.77, while J. Hunter took second in the 100 free at 45.63.

Glenn added another win to his tournament resume in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall first in 1:45.69, almost five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. His time was good for an NCAA B-cut.

Diver Jonathan Feldman finished ninth on 1-meter (243.95).

The women started out the tournament with a third-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Kristen Caldarella, Emma Lamothe, Paige Gilley and Megan Nolet combined to finishe in 1:34.70.

Caldarella and Lamothe continued their strong Invitational performances with a fourth and fifth-place finish in the 50 free, respectively. Caldarella finished in 23.98, with Lamothe coming just .01 seconds behind her.

The Bears 400 medley relay team of Catherine Pittman, Briana Borgolini, Kate Dillione and Caldarella finished second overall with a time of 3:46.99, less then a second behind first-place Princeton.

Brown's women's squad posted its first win of the tournament in the 200 medley relay as the team of Pittman, Kristin Jackson, Lamothe and Gilley finished in 1:43.42, almost a full second ahead of James Madison.

Caldarella continued her strong swimming in the 200 free, actually finishing in a tie for first with Princeton's Aislinn Smalling. Both touched the wall at 1:50.79. She also finished third in the 100 free in 51.29.

The Bears took second and third in the 100 breaststroke, as Jamie Firth and Jackson finished in 1:03.99 and 1:04.22, respectively.

Jackson was also a multiple medal-winner, taking second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.30.

Brown's relay teams continued their streak of top-three finishes as Dillone, Elli Selinger, Caldarell and Allyson Schumacher secured the bronze with a time of 7:32.33.

Borgolini continued her dominance of the breaststroke, taking first in the 200 with a time of 2:14.90. Firth made it two-out-of-three for the Bears as she took third in 2:18.98.

Diver Rebecca Tassell finished 13th on 3-meter board (216.15). This performance placed her second in the team's dual meet against Princeton. Meghan Wenzel also finished fourth on the platform (171.20), even though she does not train tower on a regular basis.

The Bears will not break for exams and winter break before starting winter training in N. Miamia, Fla. On January 2.