Jan. 5, 2009
BOCA RATON, FL - The Brown women's swimming and diving team (2-1, 2-1) opened up the new year with a third place showing at the Florida Atlantic Invitational. The meet also counted as the dual meet with Ivy rival Penn, and the Bears won a tight meet, edging the Quakers, 159-141, in a meet that came down to the final relay, which Brown won and also took third to clinch the victory. Overall, Penn won the Invitational with 622 total points and was followed by FAU with 548 points. Brown narrowly missed second place, finishing in third with 543 points, while Maryland (517), North Texas (287), and Illinois State (273) rounded out the six-team meet.
Highlighting the action was Brown taking 12 of 16 events in the dual meet with Penn, as freshman standout Allyson Schumacher (Des Moines, WA) won four individual titles, taking first in the 100, 200, 500, and 1000 free against the Quakers. In the overall invitational, she claimed two of those, the 1000 and 500 free, and took second in the 200 free, and third in the 100 free.
Other wins for the Bears in the dual meet with Penn included two victories (the 100 and 200 fly) by sophomore Natascha Mangan (Keizer, OR), and single wins from sophomore Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim (Albuquerque, NM) in the 50 free, sophomore Sage Erskine (Arlington, VA) in the 100 back, sophomore Kelley Wisinger (Warren, NJ) in the 200 back, junior Bailey Langner (Martinez, CA) in the 200 IM, and junior Katie Olko (Harrison, NY) in the 1-meter dive. The 200 free relay team that clinched the victory consisted of Sisouvanvieng-Kim, sophomore Stephanie Pollard (Victoria, BC), junior Susannah Ford (Cambridge, MA), and freshman Kristen Caldarella (Orwigsburg, PA).
In addition to Schumacher winning both the 500 and 1000 free in the overall invitational results, the Bears had some other strong finishes as senior Ainsley McFadgen (Glace Bay, NS) took second in both of those events. Erskine was fourth overall in the 100 back, while Sisouvanvieng-Kim won the 50 free in the overall results. Olko's score in the 1-meter dive was good for fourth overall, while Caldarella also placed fifth overall in the 100 free. Wisinger was third overall in the 200 back, while Langner was sixth overall in the 200 breast and second overall in the 200 IM.
The Bears continue action on January 24th when they travel to Harvard to face the Crimson in a 12:00 noon meet.