2022 Ivy League Women’s Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2022 Women’s Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships

The Ivy League is holding a championship meet for the first time in two years, after having canceled fall and winter sports for the 2020-2021 season due to the global pandemic. The Ancient Eight will begin their meet with timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays tonight in Cambridge.

The 2021-22 Ivy League women’s season has been featured heavily in the news this year, thanks in no small part to the exploits of Penn senior Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer who broke league records in the 200 free and 500 free in December. She is seeded first in the 200 free, 500 free, and 1650 free this weekend, although her inclusion in the meet was uncertain until about a week ago when the Ivy League announced that USA Swimming’s recent rule changes regarding transgender swimmers would not impact her eligibility.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

  • Ivy League Record: 1:37.30 – Yale (2018)
  • Ivy Championships Record: 1:37.30 – Yale (2018)
  • NCAA A Standard: 1:36.40
  • NCAA B Standard: 1:37.05

Podium:

  1. Princeton – 1:38.66
  2. Yale – 1:38.91
  3. Harvard – 1:39.14
  4. Brown – 1:40.22
  5. Penn – 1:40.33
  6. Columbia – 1:42.05
  7. Cornell – 1:43.17
  8. Dartmouth – 1:44.54

In a thrilling start to the meet, Princeton held off a charging Yale to earn its first 200 medley relay win since 2014.

Brown got the early lead with a 24.70 backstroke split from Jenna Reznicek. Princeton’s Alexa Pappas was next in 24.95m followed by Yale’s Lindsey Wagner (25.12) and Harvard’s Felicia Pasadyn (25.22).

Yale’s Marykate Buckley took over the lead on the breaststroke leg, splitting 27.71. Harvard’s Aleksandra Denisenko also split 27.7 to pull the Crimson into second place at the breast-to-fly handoff.

Princeton’s Nikki Venema blasted a 23.04 butterfly leg to move the Tigers into the lead, with Harvard just behind, thanks to Abigail Carr’s 23.71 fly split. Yale’s Olivia Pilkinton (24.19) kept the Bulldogs in play, and it all came down to the anchor leg.

Princeton’s Christina Bradley held onto the lead she inherited from Venema, splitting 22.41 over the final 50 yards. She successfully held off Iszac Henig, Yale’s star sprinter, who came home in a career-best 21.89 for the fastest anchor in the field by half a second. Henig passed Harvard’s Mandy Brenner (22.46) but was unable to catch Bradley.

Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay

  • Ivy League Record:
  • Ivy Championships Record: 6:59.92 Harvard (2020)
  • NCAA A Standard: 7:00.86
  • NCAA B Standard: 7:05.88

Podium:

  1. Harvard – 7:06.66
  2. Yale – 7:08.33
  3. Penn – 7:09.91
  4. Princeton – 7:16.00
  5. Columbia – 7:16.55
  6. Dartmouth – 7:20.86
  7. Brown – 7:21.75
  8. Cornell – 7:27.74

Harvard won their fourth consecutive 800 free relay with 7:06.66, holding off Yale and Penn down the stretch. All three teams, swimming in the middle lanes of the pool, traded leads throughout the race. Yale’s Henig, fresh off his 21.89 anchor on the medley relay, led off the Bulldogs’ effort in 1:44.65. He and Penn’s Thomas (1:44.50) traded stroke for stroke and handed off to Alexandra Massey and Margot Kaczorowski essentially at the same time.

Harvard, meanwhile, began with Pasadyn, another swimmer who had just competed a half-hour earlier in the medley relay. She went 1:45.31 before handing off to Samantha Shelton (1:46.16). Addie Rose Bullock swam third (1:49.15) and handed off to Molly Hamlin (1:46.04) for a combined effort of 7:06.66.

Team Scores After Day 1

  1. Harvard – 118
  2. Princeton – 116
  3. Yale – 112
  4. Penn – 104
  5. Brown / Columbia 98
  6. Dartmouth – 92
  7. Cornell – 90

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Swimmom
9 months ago

I don’t get how this is fun for Lia Thomas… it’s like a high school girl going against a 6th grader then being happy when she wins. Thomas may consider herself female now but she still has the size of a male and had all the benefits that going through puberty as a male gave her.

Thomas has every right to swim and live life how she chooses but as a mother of a daughter I just don’t understand how her feelings come before the hundreds of other girls competing in her events. Number one, I can’t believe it’s being allowed and our biological born girls are not being protected. But, moreover, don’t understand why she would want to… Read more »

Rick Field
Reply to  Swimmom
9 months ago

I support fully your thinking and feelings on this subject because I am a coach and work with female swimmers. I can not understand why our national organizations, like USA Swimming, don’t fully support this same thinking – how can anyone say that it is OK for fully developed biological males to compete against females regardless of the level and length of hormone therapy!

Meathead
9 months ago

Anyone notice Thomas swims noticeably faster in individual events than on relays?

Timekeeper
Reply to  Meathead
9 months ago

She already in the real meet so guessing not tapered very much at all here. She will win her events comfortably without any rest. All in at NCAAs

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
9 months ago

This is a misunderstanding. Exploits in this scenarios means more like daring and exciting moments. From Merian-Webster: “ Definition of exploit (Entry 1 of 2)
: DEED, ACT
especially : a notable, memorable, or heroic act”

Ferb
9 months ago

Does anyone know if Izzi Henig is allowed to undergo any hormone therapy at all? Like, can he take testosterone up to a certain allowable level?

Virtus
Reply to  Ferb
9 months ago

I don’t want Thomas to swim but stfu

PVSFree
Reply to  Ferb
9 months ago

There was a SwimSwam or Washington Post article a couple weeks back saying that Henig has not started hormone therapy

Edit: found an article where Henig talks about his decision to postpone hormone therapy so he can still compete on the Yale team. https://swimswam.com/ivy-league-champion-izzi-henig-of-yale-featured-in-times-opinion-section/

Last edited 9 months ago by PVSFree
Jay Ryan
9 months ago

I read ’em

Iambic Pentameter
9 months ago

And you are here why?

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom 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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