PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – With one day of competition left to go in the 2012 Brown Invitational, the Brown women's swimming and diving team sits in third place out of the eight teams in attendance. The second day of swimming and diving featured six individual events and two relays, showcasing the Bears' versatility and depth. At the conclusion of the evening session, Brown had tallied 13 top-eight finishes, including victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
After an exciting preliminary session, Brown opened up the evening competition with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Catherine Pitmann (Williamsburg, VA), Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) and Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) clocked a time of 1:43.87, bolstered by blazing efforts from Borgolini and Tong, as they each had the event's fastest splits in their respective strokes. The 'B' squad also finished in the top eight, claiming the sixth spot with a time of 1:45.77, just one one-hundredth of a second behind the 'A' squad from Dartmouth.
Five Bears swam in the finals of the 400 IM, including three in the evening's championship final. Charlene Flores (Chatsworth, CA) earned the best finish of the quintet, claiming fifth with a time of 4:26.91. Sophomore Nicole Provenza (Millersville, MD) grabbed the seventh spot with a time of 4:30.15, while senior Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) finished just behind in eighth with a 4:30.61. Both swims were individual best times, and move the girls to 22st and 23nd respectively on the list of Brown's all-time top 25 performers. Ashley Frith (Charlotte, NC) snuck into the event's 14th spot with a time of 4:34.08, while Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD – 4:38.32) competed in the bonus final for the Bears.
In the women's 100 butterfly, the third event of the night, Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) was Brown's top finisher, grabbing the 10th spot with a time of 56.25, the seventh fastest time ever to be clocked by a Bear. Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) claimed the top spot in the bonus final, stopping the clock at 56.67, placing her 12th on the list of Brown's all-time top 25 performers. Alexis Daswick (Scottsdale, AZ) was right behind her in 18th, moving into the 15th spot on the all-time performers list with her time of 56.88, while Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI) finished 24th.
Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) claimed the Bear's first victory of the night, taking the title in the women's 200 free with a time of 1:48.92, just three one-hundredths off of the Brown University school record and the second fastest swim in school history. Tong also competed in the championship final, finishing sixth with a time of 1:52.29, moving her on to the list of top 25 performers in that event as well. Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) finished 14th in the consolation heat with a time of 1:52.56.
Continuing the Bears' hot streak, Borgolini won the 100 breakstroke in dominant fashion, touching with a 1:01.73, an NCAA 'B' cut and just shy of her own school record. Borgolini was joined by three of her teammates in the event's championship final, with Tong claiming the fourth spot in a time of 1:05.02, making her the eighth fastest performer in Brown's history. Senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) earned fifth place honors with her time of 1:05.33, while Flores took the eighth spot with a 1:06.00, tying her as the 16th fastest performer ever to swim at Brown. Provenza finished 15th in the consolation final, while Nicole Rento (Newport News, VA) took runner-up honors in the bonus heat.
In the final individual event of the evening, the 100 backstroke, Pittman and Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA) took sixth and seventh for Brown. Pittman clocked in at 56.82 and Gilley touched the wall in 56.99, placing them 7th and 9th respectively on Brown's list of top performers. Jackson grabbed 13th place with a 58.41, while Daswick (58.54) and Mulvey (59.82) competed in the consolation final for the Bears.
On the boards, freshman Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) scored a 230.30 to grab the 7th spot in the 1 meter diving event, while junior Meghan Wenzel (Indianapolis, IN) earned a point total of 220.95 to finish 12th.
In the final event of the evening, the quartet of Matthews, Sellinger, Holmes and Dillione grabbed the fourth spot in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 8:30.74. The Bears' 'B' squad finished 16th, capping off a dominant evening of competition for the women's squad.
Moving into tomorrow's preliminary session, Princeton leads the pack with 723 points, Yale sits in second with 569 points and Brown rounds out the top three with 436 points. Dartmouth is in fourth with 396 points, followed by Army (251), New Hampshire (190), Rider (90) and Columbia (64). Sunday morning's swimming and diving will begin at 10am, with finals set to start at 5pm. Live results are available for both sessions through the MeetMobile application, and video streaming for finals can be accessed on the swimming and diving schedule pages on brownbears.com.