Women's Swimming & Diving

Women’s Swimming & Diving Defeats Penn, Falls to Harvard in Tri-Meet

Women’s Swimming & Diving Defeats Penn, Falls to Harvard in Tri-Meet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's swimming & diving team defeated Penn 178-119 but fell to Harvard 166-134 in an Ivy League tri-meet at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday. Freshman Taylor Seaman (Brighton, Mich.) led the way for the Brown with three individual victories on the day.

The Bears opened the meet with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, with senior Jenna Zagoren (Cherry Hill, N.J.), senior Ally Donahue (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore Jessie Blake-West (Belmont, Mass.) and sophomore Marley Cross (Seattle, Wash.) teaming up for a 1:44.08 time.

Junior Tatiana Prendella (Bernardsville, N.J.) started the day's individual events in the 1000 freestyle, placing third in 10:18.54 while sophomore Julia Armitage (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) came in fifth at 10:24.09. Prendella later finished fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:02.08).

Seaman next won the 200 freestyle, touching in at 1:50.10. Harvard grabbed the next two spots before Cross came in fourth (1:51.10).

Sophomore Sarah Welch (Beverly, Mass.) came in third behind two Crimson swimmers in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.24 and was later second in the 200 of the event (2:01.40).

The Bears took two of the top three spots in the 100 breaststroke, with Donahue claiming first and junior Tiffany Zhao (Beaverton, Ore.) placing third.

Junior Emma Wittmer (Edina, Minn.) finished fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:06.25). The Bears had a strong showing in the 100 butterfly, taking the top three spots, with freshman Han Nguyen (Los Gatos, Calif.) winning the event in 55.96 while Wittmer came in second (56.56) and freshman Claudia Wong (Los Angeles, Calif.) placed third (56.65). Nguyen later won the 200 IM (2:05.08) for her second first place finish of the meet.

Brown went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle, with Seaman taking the win in 23.36 and junior Maddie Salesky (San Rafael, Calif.) placing second. Blake-West added to the Bears' strong finish in the event, placing fourth (23.85).

Seaman picked up her third win of the day, this time in the 100 freestyle (50.43) while Cross finished third (51.26) and Salesky added a fourth place finish (51.42), beating all Penn swimmers.

In diving, freshman Julia Feord (Royal Oak, Mich.) finished fifth in the 1M with a mark of 225.53 while freshman Marisa Agarwal (Palo Alto, Calif.) was right behind her in sixth (219.90). Agarwal was the Bears' top finisher in the 3M with a score of 235.35.

Brown closed the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, where Salesky, Cronin, Cross and Seaman swam to a 3:21.98 finish.

The Bears will remain at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center and next host Columbia in their final home meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 20 starting at noon.