Records Fall on Day One of the Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. – Day one of the 2011 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships set a high bar for excitement as a spirited crowd at Princeton's DeNunzio pool saw two record-setting swims as the three-day championship kicked into action. After the first day's finals session, Princeton leads the team scoring with 432.5 points, followed by Harvard (358.5) and Yale (223).
The opening preliminary session was highlighted by a record-setting swim from Princeton senior Megan Waters. She took to the pool in the 50-yard freestyle and touched in at 22.36 to set a meet, Princeton and Ivy League record, breaking Jennifer Boyd's mark of 22.70, which had stood since 1990.
In the first event of the evening championship final session, Waters and her Tiger teammates Lisa Boyce, Kerry Gruendel and Carter Stephens, continued the assault on the record books as they finished the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:31.40, which was a new meet, Ivy and pool record. In second, Harvard touched in at 1:32.40 and in third, Yale finished in 1:33.14.
In the second event of the evening, Penn freshman Shelby Fortin took the 500-yard free in 4:43.27, becoming Penn's sixth individual Ivy League champion and first since 2008. She is also the first Quaker in program history to win the 500-free at the Ivy Championship. Yale's Molly Albrecht finished second in 4:47.14 and Princeton's Aislinn Smalling finished third with a time of 4:49.60.
The 200-yard IM final was a tightly contested race with Columbia's Katie Meili winning in a time of 1:59.20. Princeton's Jillian Altenburger took second in 2:00.37, while Harvard's Katie Mills took third in 2:00.40. Meili, a sophomore, earned her first career Ivy Championship win, though she did finish second in last season's 100-yard breast.
In the 50-yard freestyle final, Waters recorded the win in 22.44, followed by Harvard's Katy Hinkle in 22.74 and Princeton's Boyce in 22.91. For Waters, it marked her second individual Ivy League Championship meet title, having won the 100-yard freestyle event in 2010.
Princeton also won the 400-yard medley relay. The Tiger team of Meredith Monroe, Andrea Kropp, Waters and Boyce clocked in at 3:39.21, just .01 seconds shy of the all-time Ivy and meet record of 3:39.20 set by the Tigers one year ago. Yale was second in 3:44.18, while Cornell finished third in a time of 3:44.32.
In three-meter diving action, the consolation finals took place and Harvard's Leslie Rea finished first with 289.65 points. She was followed by Yale's Rachel Rosenberg, who had 273.05 points, and Princeton's Bryna Tsai, who recorded 261.75 points.
Complete Team Standings (through day one & excluding diving scores)
1. Princeton, 432.5
2. Harvard, 358.5
3. Yale, 223
4. Penn, 216
5. Brown, 197
6. Columbia, 173
7. Dartmouth, 159
8. Cornell, 155