2022 Ivy League Women’s Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2022 Women’s Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships

Harvard blasted to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday night, winning the 200 IM and the 1-meter diving events and scoring 109 and 172 points in the respective events. Penn loaded up in the 500 free, while Yale and Princeton had strong performances across the board. Princeton lost 26 points to a DQ in the IM, which hobbled their chances to beat Harvard, but they had a strong enough lead over Yale that they remained in second place for the night.

Day 3 should be an exciting day of racing. Harvard has three of the top four seeds in the 400 IM with Erin Cavanagh, Felicia Pasadyn, and Kate Hazlett. Princeton’s Nikki Venema and Christina Bradley are seeded first and third in the 100 fly. Penn and Yale look strong in the 200 free, where the Quakers’ Lia Thomas is top seed. Yale’s Ava Franks and Marykate Buckley come in with the two fastest times in the 100 breast. Brown’s Jenna Reznicek is top seed in the 100 back, followed by Lindsey Wagner of Yale.

Women’s 400 Individual Medley – Prelims

  • Ivy League Record: 4:06.15 – Alicia Aemisegger, Princeton (2009)
  • Ivy Championships Record: 4:06.15 – Alicia Aemisegger, Princeton (2009)
  • NCAA A Standard: 4:03.62
  • NCAA B Standard: 4:17.30

Top 8:

  1. Felicia Pasadyn, Harvard – 4:13.45
  2. Mikki Thompson, Harvard – 4:13.86
  3. Jess Yeager, Princeton – 4:16.99
  4. Erin Cavanagh, Harvard – 4:17.17
  5. Mary Pruden, Columbia – 4:17.22
  6. Ellie Marquardt, Princeton – 4:17.60
  7. Olivia Paoletti, Yale – 4:18.70
  8. Isabella Paoletti, Yale – 4:18.85

Defending champion Felicia Pasadyn of Harvard put up the top time of the morning, swimming in the penultimate heat. Her 4:13.45 was .4 faster than her seed time. Isabella Paoletti of Yale was second in that heat with 4:18.85, and improvement of 6.4 seconds. Pasadyn’s teammates Mikki Thompson (4:13.86) and Erin Cavanagh (4:17.17) won their heats as well.

Princeton’s Jess Yeager, who was disqualified in the 200 IM final last night for passing the 15m mark on her butterfly, won the first heat (4:16.99) seeded with no time.

Women’s 100 Butterfly – Prelims

  • Ivy League Record: 51.57 – Alex Forrester (Yale)
  • Ivy Championships Record: 51.57 – Alex Forrester (Yale)
  • NCAA A Standard: 50.92
  • NCAA B Standard: 53.76

Top 8:

  1. Iszac Henig, Yale – 53.53
  2. Nikki Venema, Princeton – 53.63
  3. Alexandra Massey, Yale – 53.73
  4. Abigail Carr, Harvard – 53.86
  5. Jenna Reznicek, Brown – 54.00
  6. Christina Bradley, Princeton – 54.39
  7. Nell Chidley, Brown – 54.56
  8. Sage Matsushima, Brown – 54.63

Yale sprinter Iszac Henig, seeded with no time in the first heat, swam the fastest time of the morning, winning the heat in 53.53. Dartmouth’s Mary Howley won the next heat in 55.57. Christina Bradley of Princeton went 54.39 to win the first circle-seeded heat ahead of Penn’s Andie Myers (54.84).

Alexandra Massey of Yale clocked a 53.73 to edge Harvard’s Abigail Carr (53.86) in the next heat, while Princeton’s Nikki Venema put up a quick 53.63 to beat Brown teammates Jenna Reznicek (54.00) and Nell Chidley (54.56) in the final heat.

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Prelims

  • Ivy League Record: 1:41.93 – Lia Thomas, Penn (2021)
  • Ivy Championships Record: 1:43.78 – Miki Dahlke, Harvard (2018)
  • NCAA A Standard: 1:42.98
  • NCAA B Standard: 1:47.12

Top 8:

  1. Lia Thomas, Penn – 1:44.91
  2. Molly Hamlin, Harvard – 1:46.66
  3. Samantha Shelton, Harvard – 1:47.42
  4. Mia Leko, Dartmouth – 1:47.96
  5. Ashley Post, Dartmouth – 1:48.09
  6. Marlise Moesch, Yale – 1:48.25
  7. Margot Kaczorowski, Penn – 1:48.48
  8. Bridget O’Leary, Penn – 1:48.79

Penn continued to show its strength in the mid-distance freestyle, placing three swimmers in the top-8. Lia Thomas broke the Blodgett Pool record but came in 3 seconds short of her own Ivy League record with a nevertheless dominant swim of 1:44.91 to win her heat over Harvard’s Molly Hamlin (1:46.66) and Samantha Shelton (1:47.42).

Mia Leko of Dartmouth, an A finalist in this event in 2020, won her heat with 1:47.98 out of lane 2, clipping Yale’s Marlise Moesch (1:48.25) and Raime Jones (1:48.89).

Penn’s Bridget O’Leary edged Brown’s Anna Podurgiel, 1:48.79 to 1:48.94, in the first circle-seeded heat.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

  • Ivy League Record: 58.44 – Katie Meili, Columbia (2013)
  • Ivy Championships Record: – Katie Meili, Columbia (2013)
  • NCAA A Standard: 58.46
  • NCAA B Standard: 1:01.84

Top 8:

  1. Aleksandra Denisenko, Harvard – 1:01.57
  2. Margaux McDonald, Princeton – 1:02.21
  3. Ava Franks, Yale – 1:02.32
  4. Grace Estabrook, Penn – 1:02.46
  5. Marykate Buckley, Yale – 1:02.48
  6. Rachel Maizes, Penn – 1:02.50
  7. Isabella Pytel, Penn – 1:02.77
  8. Kellie Willhite, Brown – 1:02.88

Harvard’s Aleksandra Denisenko dropped a full second from her seed time to win heat 1 in 1:01.57, the fastest time of the morning. Margaux McDonald of Princeton (1:02.22) edged Yale’s Marykate Buckley (1:02.48) and Brown’s Kellie Willhite (1:02.88) to take heat 2. Top-seeded Ava Franks of Yale claimed the final heat in 1:02.32. She was followed by Penn’s Isabella Pytel (1:02.77) and Hannah Liu (1:03.45).

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims

  • Ivy League Record: 52.34 – Bella Hindley, Yale (2019)
  • Ivy Championships Record: 52.34 – Bella Hindley, Yale (2019)
  • NCAA A Standard: 50.93
  • NCAA B Standard: 53.94

Top 8:

  1. Jenna Reznicek, Brown – 52.43
  2. Hannah Kannan, Penn – 53.76
  3. Isabella Korbly, Princeton – 53.85
  4. Molly Hamlin, Harvard – 54.25
  5. Lindsey Wagner, Yale – 54.66
  6. Quinn Murphy, Yale – 54.72
  7. Alexa Pappas, Princeton – 55.04
  8. Addie Rose Bullock, Harvard – 55.20

Brown’s Reznicek made her second A final, this time at the top of the standings. She posted a 52.43 to lead the qualifiers in the 100 back final, breaking the Blodgett Pool record and lowering the Brown program record in the process. Penn’s Hannah Kannan (53.76) finished second in the heat.

Princeton’s Isabella Korbly went 1.6 seconds faster than her seed time to win the first circle-seeded heat in 53.85, just ahead of teammate Alexa Pappas (55.04).

Yale’s Lindsey Wagner (54.66) and Quinn Murphy (54.72) went 1-2 in their heat, coming to the wall half a body length in front of Harvard’s Addie Rose Bullock (55.20).

Women’s 3-Meter Diving – Prelims

  • Ivy League Record: 360.55 – Caitlin Chambers, Princeton (2015)
  • Ivy Championships Record: 360.55 – Caitlin Chambers, Princeton (2015)
  • NCAA A Standard: 280.00

Top 8:

  1. Georgia Milne, Harvard – 310.35
  2. Evelyn Geier, Harvard – 300.10
  3. Esther Lawrence, Harvard – 292.95
  4. Elise Jendritz, Cornell – 282.90
  5. Remi Edvalson, Harvard – 277.75
  6. Demetra Williams, Cornell – 271/35
  7. Katie Laverty, Harvard – 264.05
  8. Elizabeth Miclau, Harvard – 261.45



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1 year ago

What if Michael Phelps, 400 IM, Ryan Lochte, 200 IM, or any other male world record holder decided to transition to female and set world records as females? Can the same person be allowed to hold a world record in each gender?
If someone wants to have their gender surgically altered, that’s fine. Let that person compete in a new category – and give it a “surgically altered category” create a set of records for those who wish to compete in that category.

1 year ago

Interesting that Henig from Yale seems to prefer pronouns of he and him. Broadcast for Women’s Ivy’s calling out “he won the 50 free last night” and “he’s going to take this heat”. In addition to pronunciation guides, pronoun guides are also needed.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Is Henig not a transgender man??? They’re respecting his pronouns I’m confused.

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Reply to  SwimmerNotSwammer
1 year ago

I think their point is that he is a man competing at women’s ivies. That is confusing.

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Reply to  Texas Swims in a short pool
1 year ago

Not as consuming as non-binary they/them. Talk about confusing 🥴

Reply to  Xman
1 year ago

What’s so confusing about that? Some people are men, some are women, some don’t fit in either category. I feel like that’s simple enough for a pre-schooler to understand lol

Reply to  ACC
1 year ago

I’m no pre-schooler, and I think that referring to a singular person as “they” is very confusing.

Reply to  Joe
1 year ago


The first recorded use of “they” as a third-person singular pronoun was in 1375.

“You” was originally second-person plural, but now it’s second-person singular, and thou dost not find that confusing. (Thou was originally the second-person singular pronoun, so I guess that’s what’s still technically correct.)

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Genuine q
Reply to  Joe
1 year ago

Joe, you have no idea what my gender is. If you were to tell someone that I replied to your comment, what would you say? “He or she replied to my comment”? Or “They replied to my comment”? How is it at all confusing?

Reply to  Genuine q
1 year ago

It kind of makes a difference when you know who the person is, as opposed to it being a random unidentified individual on the internet.

Reply to  Genuine q
1 year ago

Genuine q did a nice job explaining how they/them really isn’t confusing at all and even people who say “they” shouldn’t be singular use it that way without realizing. Then gets a ton of downvotes. Classic

Reply to  ACC
1 year ago

Knowing the quantity of people being referred to.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

If he is a he then surely he should swim in the men’s meet especially since Lia is in the women’s meet

Reply to  Ivymom
1 year ago

Only if they meet the criteria that the NCAA has set to be classified as a gender at this point in time.

Reply to  Ivymom
1 year ago

If Iszak was born with a female body, and has undergone zero hormone/testosterone therapy as part of his transition, the women’s meet is the appropriate venue for him. There certainly is some inconsistency between the two cases, though.

It appears that self-declared transgender athletes get to choose whether they compete with men or women. The sample size is small, but to my knowledge, with the exception of Schuyler Bailar, they overwhelmingly choose to compete with women, regardless of their self-identity.

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