Penn State Women Win 5 of 7 Races on Day 2 of Princeton ‘Big Al’ Invite

2019 PRINCETON ‘BIG AL’ INVITATIONAL

The Denver men carried some midday momentum from a time trialed NCAA Automatic Qualifying Time in the 200 free relay (read more here) into the finals session, winning 3 more races in the finals session.

The Denver men opened the session with a 1:24.63 in the 200 medley relay, which is an NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time. Given that they now have an automatic time in the 200 free relay, Denver will also get to take all of their provisional cuts to the NCAA Championship meet – meaning that they now have 2 relays qualified for March.

That winning Denver relay included Cameron Auchinachie (21.10), Cy Jager (23.85), Adriel Sanes (21.01), and Sid Farber (18.67) – who has thrown down some huge relay anchors this week. That group broke the school record, set in 2018, by 1.10 seconds.

Sanes also picked up an individual win in the 100 yard breaststroke in 53.57, ahead of his teammate Jager in 53.60. Jager has been a few tenths faster, but for Sanes that is his first swim under 54 seconds in the event. The team’s 3rd win of the day came from Cameron Auchinachie, who won the 100 backstroke in 46.23, which is a new lifetime best for him by 1.2 seconds.

The 200 freestylers from Brown University had a big day as well. In the individual 200 free, Michael Lincoln (1:35.69) and Cody Cline (1:36.64) went 1-2. Neither was able to match that speed in the 800 free relay, but Brown still cruised to a 2-second margin of victory in that race in 6:26.14. That breaks the school record of 6:27.79, set earlier this year, by over a second-and-a-half, with the potential of another 2-3 seconds of improvement if all four relay members were to peak together. Brown broke 2 school records on Friday as well, with Lincoln taking out the mark in the 500 free (4:22.60), and the 400 medley relay doing the same in 3:13.10.

On the women’s side of the pool, Penn State was able to close the gap a little on the Princeton women thanks to 5 wins in the first 6 swimming events of the night. The team’s two ‘Maddies’ carried the team through the day: Maddie Hart won the 100 fly in 52.78, followed by a second win in the 100 backstroke in 53.21. Maddie Cooke, who won the 50 free on Friday, added a victory in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.02 – leading a Penn State 1-2-3 finish. Both swimmers were on the team’s 200 medley relay that also won by more than a second, touching in 1:38.96. That team included Marie Schobel (25.25), Carly Hart (27.97), Maddie Hart (23.65), and Maddie Cooke (22.09).

Their freshman teammate Abigail Amdor picked up a win in teh 200 free in 1:47.12.

Princeton Tigers freshman Ellie Marquardt won another race, leading a 1-2-3 Princeton finish in the 400 IM as they held their gap at over 50 points ahead of the surging Penn State women. That same group went 1-2-3-4 in Friday’s 500 free.

Princeton’s distance and diving groups are the ones keeping the Tigers at the front of the pack. The Princeton Divers also picked up a 1-2-3 finish for more big points over Penn State.

OTHER DAY 2 MEN’S WINNERS:

  • Princeton’s Raunak Khosla added a 400 IM win to his Friday victory in the 200 IM, swimming 3:47.69. He is the school record holder in the event in a 3:42 at last year’s NCAA Championship meet as a freshman.
  • Columbia got their first win of the meet via the 100 fly. Jonas Kistorp swam 46.79, beating out Princeton’s Derek Cox (46.96) for the win.

Men’s Scores After Day 2:

  1. Princeton – 547.5
  2. Brown – 522.5
  3. Denver – 490.4
  4. Penn State – 462
  5. Columbia – 330.5
  6. Dartmouth – 194
  7. Johns Hopkins – 183.5
  8. Princeton Tiger Aquatic Club (Princeton post-grads) – 13

Women’s Scores After Day 2:

  1. Princeton – 799.5
  2. Penn State – 745.5
  3. Brown – 396
  4. Denver – 383
  5. Johns Hopkins – 190
  6. Dartmouth – 163

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