2014 Women’s Ivy League Championships – Harvard Moves Into First

Women’s Ivy League Championship

  • 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

Day Two

As we mentioned before, we were expecting this to be a big day for Harvard and Columbia, with some of their strongest events occurring in today’s program. As expected, therefore, Harvard took over the lead from Princeton. But in a surprise move, Yale managed to hold onto third over Columbia.

200 medley relay: Princeton began with an exciting victory in the 200 medley relay, setting the pool record but narrowly missing the meet record. Lisa Boyce (24.60), Olivia Chan (28.32), Nikki Larson (23.91), and Morgan Karetnick (22.90) combined for a 1:39.73 to 1:39.81 victory over Columbia. Harvard took third.

1000 free: Sherry Liu of Harvard won with a pool record time of 9:43.53. The Yale duo of Eva Fabian and Isla Hutchinson-Maddox were also under the previous pool record, taking second and third, respectively.

400 IM: Everyone expected a fairly standard victory from the 2013 Ivy Champion Alena Kluge of Columbia, who had not only won yesterday’s 200 IM but also had broken the pool record in the 400 with her 4:15.79 prelims swim this morning.

2014 Ivy Champion in the 400 IM: Yale's Emma Smith. Photo courtesy of Yale Athletics.

2014 Ivy Champion in the 400 IM: Yale’s Emma Smith. Photo courtesy of Yale Athletics.

But no one told that to Yale’s Emma Smith and Princeton’s Beverly Nguyen. Nguyen took it out fast and had built up 8/10 of a second lead at the 200. But Smith closed the gap with a strong breaststroke leg, and nailed the free to finish 4:15.17 to Nguyen’s 4:15.65. Both Smith and Nguyen came in under the pool record time set in prelims, and both recorded NCAA “B” times. Kluge was two seconds back in third. She, and Courtney Randolph of Yale, also picked up “B” cuts.

100 fly: Top seeded Nikki Larson of Princeton shaved another .4 off her prelims time to win in 52.73, making it a total of nearly two seconds dropped from her entry time. Her teammate Morgan Karetnick secured a second-place finish thanks to a very strong second half. She was fifth at the 50 and third at the 75, but ended up a half-second in front of Columbia’s Christina Ray, who took third.

200 free: Shelby Fortin of Penn broke the first meet record of the weekend with a 1:45.69 in the 200 free. Fortin lowered the Ivy mark by nearly a second; it was 1:46.39, which Harvard’s Kate Mills had set in 2009. Fortin also broke the pool record and her own school record, and secured a “B” cut as well. Yale freshman Kina Zhou took second, also under the pool record and also with a “B” time. Harvard’s Victoria Chan was third.

100 breast: Top seed and 2013 Ivy runner-up Mikaila Gaffey of Columbia won in a pool-record time of 1:01.05. Briana Borgolini of Brown took second, and Jennifer Shahar of Columbia was third. The top five all made the NCAA “B” standard.

100 back: This was the race we were looking forward to. And what a way to end the evening’s individual events. Three-time Ivy Champion Lisa Boyce of Princeton was out first at the 100, but Harvard’s Danielle Lee overtook her at the 75. Boyce outsplit Lee in the fourth 25 but fell short of victory by .02. Lee won 52.83 to 52.85. Both were under the pool and meet records. Harvard’s Marissa Cominelli took third. The top five finishers all achieved NCAA “B” cuts.

800 free relay: The final event of the evening went pretty much as expected. Top-seeded Harvard picked up the win with a pool record of 7:17.07. The Crimson fielded the team of Sara Li (1:49.28), Daniela Johnson (1:47.27), Margaret Ramsey (1:49.66), and Liu (1:48.86). Second went to Yale and third to Princeton. The top four teams all finished in pool-record time.


Standings After Day Two:

1 Harvard 952
2 Princeton 924
3 Yale 739
4 Columbia 668
5 Penn 595
6 Brown 512
7 Cornell 464
8 Dartmouth 377


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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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