2014 Women’s Ivy League Championships: Boyce, Princeton Relays Put Tigers on Top

Ivy League Championships

  • Dates: Thursday, February 20 – Saturday, February 22, 2014; prelims 11:00 am, finals 6:00 pm
  • Location: Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, Providence, R.I. (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champions: Princeton (results)
  • Live Results: Available
  • Live Video: Available

 

Princeton kicked off the 2014 Women’s Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a pool record in the 200 free relay. Lisa Boyce (22.29), Nikki Larson (22.76), Liz McDonald (22.69), and Morgan Karetnick (23.17) won in 1:30.91 to break the pool mark of 1:32.80 that Princeton had set in December 2013. Harvard (Victoria Chan, Deirdre Clute, Daniela Johnson, and Sara Li) took second, while Cornell (Jenna Immormino, Cari Stankaitis, Stephanie Ah-Quah, and Chandra Yeuh) finished third.

Yale's Eva Fabian won the 500 at the 2014 Ivy League Championship (archive photo courtesy of Yale Athletics)

Yale’s Eva Fabian won the 500 at the 2014 Ivy League Championship (archive photo courtesy of Yale Athletics)

Eva Fabian of Yale won the 500 free in an exciting all-out finish. Penn’s Shelby Fortin, the defending Ivy champion, maintained a comfortable body-length lead through the 300, when Fabian began descending. At the 450 Fortin turned at 4:16.44 and Fabian at 4:16.69. They were together at the 475 wall, both kicking all-out to the finish. In the end it was the final 27.31 from Fabian that was just too hard to match, and her 4:44.00 deprived Fortin of her fourth consecutive title by .14. Sherry Liu of Harvard was third. The top four swimmers all achieved NCAA “B” cuts.

Top-seed Alena Kluge of Columbia knocked another .13 off the pool record she had set in prelims with a first-place finish of 1:58.74. Princeton freshman Olivia Chan took second in 2:00.18, while Mikaila Gaffey of Columbia got third. All of them, plus fourth-place Sada Stewart of Princeton, made the NCAA “B” standard.

Ivy record-holder and defending champion Lisa Boyce of Princeton won the 50 free in 22.44. Harvard’s Victoria Chan and Yale’s Kina Zhou finished second and third, respectively, and all three came away with “B” cuts.

Yale freshman Lilybet MacRae won one-meter diving with 310.35, less than 2 points shy of the meet record. Elina Leiviska of Harvard (288.45) took second and Princeton freshman Caitlin Chambers (270.00), third.

The 400 medley relay was a fitting finish to an exciting first session. Harvard (Danielle Lee, Stephanie Ferrell, Chan and Li) was leading the field by nearly two seconds after the breaststroke leg. Columbia was in second, .60 ahead of third-place Princeton. But Lisa Boyce ripped a 52-low butterfly and put the Tigers in the lead; Larson held on and Princeton ended up first by .36. The winning splits were Stewart (54.66), Chan (1:01.24), Boyce (52.37), and Larson (50.06). Princeton’s 3:38.33 broke the pool record by four seconds.

 

Standings After Day One

1. Princeton 441
2. Harvard 424
3. Yale 351
4. Columbia 244
5. Penn 243
6. Brown 191
7. Cornell 180
8. Dartmouth 158

 

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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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