Brown Takes Seventh at Ivy League Championship
Cambridge, MA - The women's swimming and diving squad wrapped up competition at the Ivy League Championships at Harvard on Saturday evening, finishing seventh overall with a total of 601.5 points for the three-day event. Princeton University won the Ivy League championship with 1465 points, the 17th title in program history for the Tigers.
After prelim action early on Thursday afternoon, the finals began with the 200 medley relay, as the Brown team of Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim, Kristen Caldarella, Bridget Ballard, and Susannah Ford swam to a fourth place finish with a time of 1:34.32. After a win in the consolation final of the 200 IM by Jackson, Caldarella followed with the Bears' first top-8 individual finish, placing seventh in the 50 free in 23.66. Brown wrapped up the first day in sixth overall, with 175 points.
Following another round of prelims on Saturday morning, junior Natascha Mangan got things going again for Bruno, placing second in the consolation final of the 100 fly. After falling behind in the first lap, Mangan made a furious charge back through the field in the second 50 meters to finish 10th overall. Sophomore Allyson Schumacher then came back with another 10th in the 200 free, finishing in 1:52.36.
Brown's momentum continued into the 100 breast, where Jackson, who was seeded eighth based on prelim qualifying, swam an impressive race to place sixth overall. Jackson used a fast final 50 to cross the line in 1:04.47, nipping Penn's Ji Young Lee by just .03 seconds. With Jackson's finish, the Bears concluded the second day of racing in seventh overall, racking up 387 points with one day remaining.
Saturday's action was highlighted by Brown's highest individual finish of the meet, as sophomore Kristen Caldarella took fourth overall in the 100 free. Caldarella swam a terrific all-around race, crossing the line in 51.17, finishing just .02 seconds behind the third place swimmer. Jackson and Mangan then followed by placing 14th in the 200 breast and 15th in the 200 fly respectively.
With the action moving to the diving boards, Brown standout Katie Olko turned in one of her best performances of the season. Oklo scored a 237.5, bettering her prelim standard by nearly 10 points, and finishing eighth in the league. Back in the pool, the Bears concluded the championship meet with the 400 free relay, placing fifth overall with a time of 3:32.04. With the 50 points from the relay, Brown finished the competition with 601.5, good for seventh overall.
1 Princeton University 1465
2 Harvard University 1438
3 Yale University 1350
4 University of Pennsylvania 904.5
5 Cornell University 734
6 Columbia University 692.5
7 Brown University 601.5
8 Dartmouth College 585.5