The Brown women's swim team dropped a tough meet against Penn on Tuesday afternoon, coming away with a 171-110 loss after competing against the Quakers in North Miami, where the teams are training during the holiday break. Freshman Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) led the Bears with three first place finishes, while senior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) added a pair of golds for Bruno.
Brown led off the day with a convincing win in the 200 medley relay, as Ballard and Jackson teamed with Natascha Mangan and Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim to take a three-second win over the Quakers, finishing with a time of 1:49.04. Ballard then followed that several events later with another first, crossing the line in 1:00.84 to win the 100 back by an impressive two second margin.
In the 100 breast, Jackson used a dominating first 50 meters to pull away from the field, and cruised to a relatively easy victory in 1:06.56, well ahead of the 1:09.39 posted by the second place finisher. Sisouvanvieng-Kim then added a very close second in the 50 free, coming in just .23 seconds behind the winner, with a time of 24.83 seconds.
The Bears turned in a solid performance in the dives as well, as senior Katie Olko led a balanced showing with a score of 246.30, good for second place in the one-meter dive, and just .97 points behind the winner.
Jackson then led perhaps the best event of the day for Bruno, leading a 1-2 finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:27.33. She was followed by senior Bailey Langner, who crossed the line in second place with a time of 2:29.07, just edging Penn's Laura Klick by .08 seconds. Mangan then wrapped things up for Brown with an individual first, winning the 100 fly in a time of 58.55 seconds, the only swimmer at the meet to break the one-minute barrier in the event.
The Bears will be back in action on January 16, when they take on Boston University at 1:30 p.m.