NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Brown women's swimming and diving team (6-3, 2-3 Ivy League) turned in some impressive performances over the course of the afternoon but ultimately fell, 186-108, to the Columbia Lions (4-2, 3-2 Ivy League) at Uris Pool. Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) was the Bears' lone individual event winner, but the squad grabbed a handful of second and third place finishes along the way, swimming tough against a strong team from Columbia.
After opening the competition with a fourth place finish on the 3-meter board from freshman Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH), the Bears grabbed a third place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg, VA), Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) and Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) combined for a time of 1:46.96, just slightly off the clocking turned in by the second place team from Columbia.
Both Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) and Ellen Downing (Denver, CO) were impressive in the 1000 freestyle, turning in season-best times of 10:31.14 and 10:38.18, respectively, to grab the final two scoring spots in the event, and Dillione followed that up with a brilliant showing of her own, battling to a second place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.98. Pittmann swam to third place in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 58.38, and Borgolini led a two-three finish for Brown in the 100 breast, touching in 1:05.61, exactly one second ahead of senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME).
Freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) broke up a Columbia sweep of the 200 butterfly, turning in a time of 2:03.59 for third place, and Tong clocked an impressive 23.90 to sneak into second place in the 50 freestyle.
During the diving break, junior Meghan Wenzel (Indianapolis, IN) scored a season-best 235.79 for a third place finish on the 1-meter board, leading the Bears into the final swimming events of the day. Dillione earned an individual win for Brown in the100 freestyle, swimming a time of 51.51 and just out-touching her closest competitor, while Tong and Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) finished third and fourth, respectively, to complete a solid showing for Bruno in the event.
Brown grabbed fourth place In each of the next five events, starting with Alexis Daswick's (Scottsdale, AZ) time of 2:09.20 in the 200 backstroke. Borgolini and Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) followed that up with fourth place swims in the 200 breaststroke and 500 freestyle, respectively. Matsumoto swam a solid time of 57.73 to grab fourth in the 100 butterfly, and Matthews wrapped up the individual events with a clocking of 4:37.60 in the 400 individual medley.
The Bears wrapped up the day with a win and a Uris Pool record, as the team of Tong, Dillione, Lamothe and Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA) just edged out Columbia with a time of 1:35.78, but it was the Lions who would come out on top overall, claiming the 186-108 Ivy League win.
Both the men's and women's team will return to Providence for Brown's next Ivy League competition, celebrating Senior Day as they take on the Cornell Big Red at noon on Saturday, February 2 at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.