Close Race Between Harvard and Yale, Pool Records Galore, on Day 2 of Ivy Women Champs

2017 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Day Two Finals

500 Yard Freestyle

  • Meet Record: M 4:38.96 2009 Alice Aemisegger, Princeton
  • Pool Record: P 4:43.52 2017 Virginia Burns, Penn

Penn junior Virginia Burns won her third consecutive 500 free title, this time touching the wall in 4:42.20, lowering the pool record she had set in prelims. Last year’s numbers 3 and 4 were second and third this time around: Cailley Silbert (4:46.34) and Olivia Jameson (4:46.69) of Yale.

Penn had two more A finalists: Grace Ferry (4th) and Madison Visco (8th); Visco was runner-up in the 2016 race. Harvard’s Willa Wang came in 5th, out-touching Princeton’s Monica McGrath (6th) and Brown’s Tatiana Prendella (7th).

200 Yard Individual Medley

  • Meet Record: M 1:55.09 2013 Katie Meili, Columbia
  • Pool Record: P 1:58.74 2014 Alena Kluge, Columbia

Harvard sophomore Meagan Popp repeated as Ivy champion in the 200 IM, taking down the meet record with 1:58.45. Yale sophomore Destiny Nelson touched second, after having led the field in the prelims this morning with a school record of 1:59.05, the first Bulldog to break the 2:00 barrier. She then lowered it to 1:58.97 in finals. Last year’s runner-up, Sonia Wang of Harvard, was third to the wall in 1:59.65.

Harvard loaded up the championship final of the IM, adding Daniela Johnson at fourth and Geordie Enoch, who won this event two years ago as a freshman, at seventh. Columbia’s Jessica Antiles was 5th, while seniors Olivia Chan of Princeton (6th) and Sydney Hirschi of Yale (2:03.03) rounded out the field.

In the B final, Billy Murch Elliot of Cornell broke the school record with her 2:02.53 11th-place swim.

50 Yard Freestyle

  • Meet Record: M 22.07 2013 Lisa Boyce, Princeton
  • Pool Record: P 22.40 2014 Lisa Boyce, Princeton

Another event, another repeat winner: Yale sophomore Bella Hindley earned back-to-back Ivy titles in the 50 free; this year she also clipped the pool record going 22.25. That swim was good enough to erase the Yale mark of 22.29, set by Alex Forrester in 2013. Teammate Kina Zhou was runner-up in 22.43. Harvard freshman Mei Lynn Colby went 22.72 for third.

Mary Ashby of Columbia and Miki Dahlke of Harvard tied for fourth with 22.80. Ashby’s swim took 2/100 off the Columbia school record that was set by Katie Meili in 2011. Sixth, seventh and eighth went to Gabby Sims of Harvard, Madelyn Veith of Princeton, and Cari Stankaitis of Cornell, respectively.

1-Meter Diving

  • Pool Record: P 310.35 2014 Lilybet MacRae, Yale

Harvard’s Mikaela Thompson, who had finished fourth after the preliminary round, dove to a winning 295.55 points on the one-meter board. Yale swept second through fourth with Talbot Paulson (290.55), Lilybet MacRae (284.40) and Hannah Walsh (279.75).

200 Yard Freestyle Relay

  • Meet Record: M 1:30.49 2013 Princeton
  • Pool Record: P 1:30.91 2014 Princeton

Yale continued its assault on the relay record book. After winning all five relays for the first time at the 2016 championships, the Bulldogs have so far repeated the feat this year but have also taken down championship records each time. Hindley (22.45), Kate Rogers (22.63), Maddy Zimmerman (22.81), and Zhou (21.80) set the new mark at 1:29.69.

Harvard (Colby, Dahlke, Jerrica Li, and Sims) also broke the old championship and pool records, touching second with 1:29.87. Brown (Jenna Zagoren, Jessie Blake-West, Sarah Cronin, and Maddie Salesky) finished third in 1:31.33.

Standings after Day Two:

  1. Harvard University 560.5
  2. Yale University 555
  3. Princeton University 323
  4. Brown University 288
  5. Columbia University 270.5
  6. University of Pennsylvania 267
  7. Cornell University 226
  8. Dartmouth College 156

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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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