Fortin and Waters Add To Win Totals On Day Two of the Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. -- A veteran and a freshman made the biggest splashes on day two of the 2011 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, as Princeton senior Megan Waters and Penn freshman Shelby Fortin each won their second individual championships in as many nights at the DeNunzio pool. Waters took Friday’s 100 fly, while Fortin won the 200 free.
Through two days of swimming and diving, Princeton remains in first with 1,054.5 points, followed by Harvard (955) and Yale (600). Penn (596) closed the gap between third and fourth to a mere four points, while Columbia made the biggest move in the standings, moving from eighth to sixth.
Friday’s preliminary session saw two records set by a pair of Tiger freshmen. In the 100 breast, Princeton’s Andrea Kropp set a DeNunzio pool record with a 1:01.38. Then, in the final preliminary heat of the 100 back, Lisa Boyce touched in at 54.19 to set a meet and Ivy League record, breaking Cornell sophomore Chiara Spinazzola’s record of 54.53, which she set as a freshman at last year’s meet.
The evening session began with the 200 medley relay in which the Princeton team of Boyce, Kropp, Carter Stephens and Waters set the pool, meet and Ivy record with a winning time of 1:39.80. Cornell’s Spinazzola and Sadie Ellison made up ground in the final two legs to lead the Big Red to a second place showing in a time of 1:41.82. Yale was third with a time 1:42.98.
Next up was the 1,650 free final in which a pair of freshmen finished 1-2. Penn’s Kristi Edleson won with a time of 16:38.19, while Princeton’s Maureen McCotter finished second in 16:38.98. Harvard senior Christine Kaufmann finished third in 16:43.95. Edleson became the first Quaker to win the 1,650 at the Ivy Championships.
In the 400 IM, the Harvard Crimson got a 1-2 finish from senior Kate Mills and sophomore Laura Evans. Mills touched in at 4:15.57, followed by Evans’ 4:18.46. Penn’s Carey Stauder finished third in a time of 4:18.95 to continue the Quakers’ strong evening.
Waters then won her second individual event in as many nights for the Tigers, taking the 100 Fly in 53.43. Carter made it a 1-2 finish for the Tigers, taking second with a time of 54.00. Yale’s Hayes Hyde finished third in 54.53, while Dartmouth freshman Kendall Farnham was close behind, finishing fourth in a time of 54.66.
Penn’s Fortin was the next swimmer to win her second event in as many nights. After capturing the 500-free on Thursday, Fortin won the 200 Free in 1:47.06 on Friday. Defending champion Jillian Altenburger of Princeton finished second in a time of 1:47.49, while Yale’s Molly Albrecht finished third with a time of 1:48.43.
In the 100 Breast final, Kropp edged Brown freshman Briana Borgolini for her first individual championship win, posting a time of 1:01.48. Borgolini touched in at 1:01.56 to finish second and Yale junior Athena Liao finished third in a time of 1:02.13.
In the 100 Back, Boyce followed up her record-setting preliminary swim from the morning session with a 54.76 to win the final. Boyce was followed by her teammate Meredith Monroe, who had a time of 54.94. Spinazzola finished third with a time of 55.66.
The three-meter diving finals were contested next. Princeton senior Carolyn Littlefield finished atop the field with a score of 278.25. Harvard sophomore Brittany Powell finished second (264.15), followed by Princeton freshman Rachel Zambrowicz (263.30) and Dartmouth freshman Katie Feng (261.95).
The Harvard relay team of Sara Li, Catherine Zagroba, Laura Evans and Mills capped the night with a win in the 800 Free, winning in a time of 7:18.00. Yale placed second in 7:20.23 and Princeton third in a time of 7:21.28.
The third and final day of the 2011 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship begins at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 26 with the 200 back preliminaries kicking off the festivities.
Complete Team Standings (through day two // 14 events)
1. Princeton -- 1054.5
2. Harvard -- 955
3. Yale -- 600
4. Penn -- 596
5. Columbia -- 573
6. Cornell -- 513
7. Dartmouth -- 488.5
8. Brown -- 451