2020 Women’s Ivy Up/Mid/Downs Day 2: Princeton Looks to Pull Even with Harvard

2020 Women’s Ivy League Championships

  • Wednesday, February 19 – Saturday, February 22
  • Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center – Providence, RI (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims: 11:00 AM/Finals: 6:00 PM
  • Defending Champion: Harvard (2x – results)
  • Live results
  • Fan Guide
  • Championship Central

For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.

Princeton had a strong morning on Day 2 of the 2020 Women’s Ivy League Championships, managing to make 10 A finals and 1 C final out of 11 splashes. Princeton began the morning with its only four entrants in the 500 free all making the A final. They were freshmen Ellie Marquardt (1st with 4:42.74), Addison Smith (6th), and Eliza Boeckman (8th) and junior Courtney Tseng (3rd). In the 200 IM, senior Christie Chong (10th in last year’s final with 2:00.31) was the top qualifier with 1:58.95. Junior Regan Barney (5th) and freshman Jennifer Secrest (7th) also made the A final while senior Janet Zhao made the C final in 17th. Again, in the 50 free, Princeton placed all its swimmers in the A final: freshmen Amelia Liu (1st with 22.46), Nikki Venema (4th) and Sarah Grinalds (8th). The Tigers also landed two divers in the A final: Sine Scribbick (290.70) and Mimi Lin. Katrin Lewis, who had been in the top 8 until a disastrous 5th dive that scored only 1.2 points, dropped to finish 20th overall.

Harvard, who holds a 16-point lead over Princeton, bet heavily on diving on Day 2. The Crimson were the only team to field six divers; everyone else had three. Harvard finished with 3 divers in the A final (Morgane Herculano at 2nd, Elizabeth Miclau 5th, and Evelyn Geier 8th) and 3 in the B final (Esther Lawrence 9th, Megan Galbreath 12th, and Georgina Milne 14th) for a projected 123 points. In swimming, defending champion Miki Dahlke was the lone Crimson in the A final of the 500 free, qualifying 2nd out of morning heats. Freshman Felicia Pasadyn and sophomore Samantha Shelton, the defending champion, qualified 2nd and 4th for the 200 IM final. Senior Mei Lynn Colby and junior Kennidy Quist made the A final of the 50 free in the 3rd and 6th positions, respectively.

Yale, whose team win in 2017 was the first non-Princeton/Harvard Ivy title since 1999, placed 5 in A finals, 3 in B finals, and 5 in C finals but had three swimmers miss qualifying for finals altogether. The Bulldogs’ sophomore Ashley Loomis qualified 7th in the 500; senior Lili Margitai was 8th in the 200 IM; sophomore Isabelle Henig and freshman Ophelia Pilkinton made it back 5th and 6th in the 50 free; and diver Nikki Waters qualified 3rd on the 1-meter board.

Women’s Ups/Downs – Day 2

Team Up Mid Down Total
Brown 2 4 5 11
Columbia 2 6 2 10
Cornell 1 2 6 9
Dartmouth 0 5 5 10
Harvard 8 7 0 15
Penn 2 5 7 14
Princeton 12 0 2 14
Yale 5 3 5 13

500 Free

Team Up Mid Down Total
Brown 0 2 0 2
Columbia 0 1 2 3
Cornell 0 0 4 4
Dartmouth 0 2 0 2
Harvard 1 1 0 2
Penn 2 1 1 4
Princeton 4 0 0 4
Yale 1 1 1 3

200 IM

Team Up Mid Down Total
Brown 1 1 2 4
Columbia 1 2 0 3
Cornell 0 0 0 0
Dartmouth 0 0 2 2
Harvard 2 1 0 3
Penn 0 2 2 4
Princeton 3 0 1 4
Yale 1 2 1 4

50 Free

Team Up Mid Down Total
Brown 1 0 1 2
Columbia 0 1 0 1
Cornell 0 1 1 2
Dartmouth 0 3 2 5
Harvard 2 2 0 4
Penn 0 1 3 4
Princeton 3 0 0 3
Yale 2 0 1 3

1-Meter Diving

Team Up Mid Down Total
Brown 0 1 2 3
Columbia 1 2 0 3
Cornell 1 1 1 3
Dartmouth 0 0 1 1
Harvard 3 3 0 6
Penn 0 1 1 2
Princeton 2 0 1 3
Yale 1 0 2 3

Team Scores After Day 1

  1. Harvard 128
  2. Princeton 112
  3. Yale 108
  4. Columbia 100
  5. Dartmouth 98
  6. Brown / Penn 96 (tied)
  7. Cornell 90

Projected Standings

Team Day 1 Standings Day 2 Prelims Day 3 Psych Day 4 Psych Final Projected Standings
Brown 96 185.5 309 253 843.5
Columbia 100 192.5 270 176 738.5
Cornell 90 135 143 150 518
Dartmouth 98 147.5 127 174 546.5
Harvard 128 381 390 523 1422
Penn 96 189 285 267 837
Princeton 112 393 584 606 1695
Yale 108 238.5 475 436 1257.5

 

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Akhil
8 months ago

why do you think that Harvard is even going to come close to Princeton?

Swammer
Reply to  Akhil
8 months ago

Harvard and Princeton are playing different strategies and both are legit… diving plays a huuuuge role at this meet and Harvard has double the divers of Princeton (and they’re all really good). I think the final score will be closer than either team is expecting

Stinky
Reply to  Akhil
8 months ago

They used math.

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