PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – The Brown women's swimming and diving team concluded competition in the 37th Women's Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championships held at Princeton's DeNunzio pool this evening, earning a seventh place team finish with 678.5 points. In the seven events contested in the meet's final day, the Bears produced one school record, seven top-eight finishes and 13 season-best times.
In the first event of the day's competition, the 1650 freestyle, senior Ellen Downing (Denver, CO) and freshman Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) represented the Bears, finishing 18th and 19th, respectively. Downing covered the mile in a season-best time of 17:03.86, making her the 12th fastest performer in Brown history, and Levy stopped the clock at 17:11.19.
Junior Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg, VA) and freshman Alexis Daswick (Scottsdale, AZ) swam in the bonus final of the 200 backstroke, with Pittman taking 20th in a season-best time of 2:02.85, bumping her into the 10th spot on Brown's all-time performer list. Daswick finished in 22nd with a time of 2:04.39, just 22 one-hundredths off the time she swam in prelims. Junior Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI) also competed, clocking a time of 2:05.86 in the morning session.
Six Brown swimmers competed in the final of the 100 freestyle, two in the championship heat and four in the bonus race. The Bears were led by sophomore Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) who finished fourth with a time of 50.00. Her morning swim of 49.90 was a season-best and an NCAA 'B' cut, making her the third fastest performer in Brown history. Freshman Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) raced to the seventh spot with a season-best time of 50.14, putting her one spot behind Dillione on Brown's list of all-time top performers in the event.
Senior Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI), junior Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA) and junior Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) took the middle three spots in the bonus heat, finishing 20th, 21st and 22nd, all with times just slightly slower than their season-best swims from prelims. Matthews finished in 51.89, Nolet in 51.95 and Lamothe in 52.09. Lamothe becomes the 17th fastest performer in Brown swimming history, while Matthews and Nolet are 18th and 19th, respectively. Junior Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA) also competed in the bonus final, finishing 24th with a time of 52.44.
Junior Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY) was spectacular in the 200 breaststroke, earning the Bears' highest individual finish of the meet when she finished in second place. Her time of 2:13.97 was a Brown school record, breaking her own mark from two years ago, as well as an NCAA 'B' cut. Senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) was equally impressive in the event, taking fourth place with a season-best time of 2:15.46, also an NCAA 'B' Cut and the second-fastest performance in Brown swimming history. Sophomore Nicole Provenza (Millersville, MD) turned in a season-best time of 2:21.34 to take 22nd, moving her into 12th on the list of all-time performers.
In the final individual swimming event of the meet, freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) raced to a fifth place finish with a season-best of 2:00.15, the second fastest time ever to be turned in by a Brown swimmer. Junior Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) finished 15th in the event after turning in an impressive 2:02.35 in the morning session, a season-best and the fifth best in Brown history. Daswick also raced in finals, finishing 23rd with a time of 2:06.24. Her morning swim of 2:06.06 was a season-best, making her the 23rd fastest performer in Brown history.
While finals of the 3-meter diving were contested today, the preliminary session was conducted yesterday afternoon, and Brown had two divers score points, an impressive feat. Junior Meghan Wenzel (Indianapolis, IN) scored a 227.15 to take 22nd, while sophomore Michelle Miller (Kenilworth, IL) earned a 216.60 to secure the 24th spot. Freshman Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) added a score of 201.95.
In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, the squad of Dillione, Tong, Matthews and Nolet raced to a fifth place finish, stopping the clock at 3:23.16 to just out touch the sixth place team from Columbia
In the final team scores, Princeton topped the list with 1475.5 points, followed by Harvard with 1374 and Columbia with 1132. Yale took the fourth spot with 1049 points, while Dartmouth finished in fifth with 856. Penn accumulated 715 points to take sixth, Brown finished in seventh with 678.5 and Cornell rounded out the field with 576.