PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown women's swimming & diving team concluded the Big Al Invite in second place with 725 points on Sunday at DeNunzio Pool. Host Princeton won the three day meet with a score of 872 while Villanova came in third (673.)
Sophomore Julia Armitage (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) got things going for Brown in the day's finals with a fourth place finish in the 1650 freestyle (16:57.61). Sophomore Sarah Welch (Beverly, Mass.) next turned in another fourth place showing with a time of 1:59.09 in the 200 backstroke. Junior Tatiana Prendella (Bernardsville, N.J.) won the B-Final and came in ninth overall in the event in 2:01.04, while sophomore Amelia Gilchrist (Greensboro, N.C.) and junior Jackie Karpowicz (Wakefield, R.I.) placed 11th (2:02.03) and 15th (2:04.80), respectively.
The Bears went 2-3 and took fifth through seventh in the 100 freestyle. Junior Maddie Salesky (San Rafael, Calif.) led the group with a second place finish at 49.43, which is second-best all-time at Brown, while freshman Taylor Seaman (Brighton, Mich.) was behind her in third (49.54). Sophomore Marley Cross (Seattle, Wash.) (50.01 - fifth), senior Sarah Cronin (Westfield, N.J.) (50.78 - sixth) and Prendella (50.96 - seventh) rounded out the group.
Junior Kendall Crawford (Greenwood Village, Colo.) was Brown's top finisher in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.33 (14th). In the 200 butterfly, junior Emma Wittmer (Edina, Minn.) came in 12th with a time of 2:04.15 while junior Charlotte Rosenberg (Chicago, Ill.) was close behind (2:04.80 - 14th).
The Bears closed out the invite with a bang and a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. A team of Salesky, Cronin, Cross and Seaman swam to a school record time of 3:18.56 in the event.
Brown return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Harvard and Penn, at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center starting at noon.