PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – On Saturday, January 5, the Brown women's swimming and diving team (4-1, 1-1 Ivy League) claimed their first win of the new year, a 129-91 victory over the Providence College Friars. In a unique set-up, the swimming events were held at Providence's Taylor Natatorium, a short course meter facility, while the action on the boards occurred at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. In total, the Bears won all thirteen of the events contested, with freshman diver Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) claiming the top spot on both boards.
In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, Brown grabbed the top two spots, with the team of Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg, VA), Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) and Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) touching the wall first in a time of 2:00.15. The Bears followed that up with a first place finish in the 800 meter freestyle, as Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) raced to a time of 9:13.57, finishing almost ten seconds ahead of her closest competition. Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) and Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) swam neck-and-neck in the 200 freestyle, with Matthews taking the top spot in 2:09.41, just two one-hundredths ahead of her teammate.
In the shortest event of the day, Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) raced to victory, swimming a time of 27.78 in the 50 freestyle. Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) added a win in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:24.90, while Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 1:04.88.
Back on the East Side, Speakman owned the boards for the Bears. She earned her first collegiate victory in the 1-meter diving event with a season best score of 249.15, just under 20 points ahead of the Providence diver who finished in second place. Later in the afternoon, Speakman claimed top honors in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 227.35.
Dillione and Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) battled for the top spot in the 100 freestyle, with Dillione just out-touching her teammate in a time of 58.01. Pittman carried the Bears' momentum into the 100 backstroke, winning in a time of 1:06.72, and Charlene Flores' (Chatsworth, CA) time of 4:33.64 added a convincing victory in the 400 meter freestyle.
In the last individual event of the day, Borgolini earned a hard-fought victory in the 100 breaststroke, swimming a time of 1:15.73 to take the win. The Bears concluded an impressive day with the top two spots in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Tong, Matthews, Pittman and Sellinger just edged out Brown's 'B' squad for the win with a time of 1:49.16.
The Bears return to the pool on Saturday, January 19 when they take on both the Harvard Crimson and the Penn Quakers in a double-dual at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Competition is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.