Bears Take Third at Bucknell Invitational

The Brown women took an impressive third place finish in their final meet before the holiday break, competing at the Bucknell Invitational over the weekend and racking up 1134.5 points to take the bronze in a highly competitive seven-team field.  Among the teams that the Bears knocked off were Ivy rival Columbia and perennial power Syracuse University, while just Princeton and Bucknell finished in front of Bruno.

After the Bears led off the action on Friday with a sixth place finish in the 200 free relay, junior Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim took the first individual top-eight finish of the day, tying for fourth in the 50 free, finishing in 24.31, precisely the same as La Salle's Holly Biro.  Senior Katie Olko then turned in the first of two impressive dives, taking fourth in the three-meter dive with a score of 235.95.

To kick off the Saturday action, Bruno continued to perform well in the relay events, placing fourth in the 200 medley relay, and earning 40 points towards the team score.  Kelley Wisinger then transitioned smoothly into the individual events with a sixth in the 400 IM, followed by a matching finish if the 100 fly from rookie Kristin Jackson.  Jackson reprised that finish in the 100 breast shortly after, again taking sixth with a time of 1:06.82.

Back in the team events, the Bears turned in an impressive effort in the 800 free relay to end the Saturday racing, placing second overall behind only Princeton.  The team of Wisinger, Schumacher, Jackson, and Sam Williams came together to turn in a time of 7:41.11, just edging La Salle's 7:44.83 for the silver.

After sophomore Allyson Schumacher led things off on Sunday with a solid 10th in the 1650 free, Olko turned in one of the best diving performances of the year, finishing second in the one-meter dive with a score of 256.10, more than 10 points higher than the third place finisher.  The Bears continued to ride that momentum in the swimming events, as Wisinger took another top-eight finish in the 200 back, placing seventh with a time of 2:07.80.  Illustrating the depth of the event, the first seven finishers each crossed the line in a span of 6.5 seconds, with a winning time of 2:01.29.

In the 100 free, Sisouvanvieng-Kim kept things moving with another impressive race, coming in sixth with a time of 53.67 seconds, just over two seconds behind the leader.  Junior Natascha Mangan then turned in one of the best performances of the day, taking the bronze in the 200 fly.  Mangan swam consistent splits throughout the race, edging her way into third place with a time of 2:07.40, leading a pack of four swimmers who crossed the line in a span of half a second.

In the final event of the meet, the Bears swam to a sixth place finish in the 400 free relay, crossing the line with a time of 3:35.23, pushing their point total to 1134.5, well ahead of fourth-place La Salle, which finished with 905.5.

 

Final Standings

  1. Princeton           2002
  2. Bucknell            1400
  3. Brown               1134.5
  4. La Salle             905.5
  5. Rider                 820
  6. Syracuse           75
  7. Columbia           55