Game over. Yale’s women and Princeton’s men went into Sunday evening’s final session with leads and extended them with strong individual and team performances to take the team titles for the three-day Brown Invitational, which ran Friday through Sunday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence, R.I.
Yale’s women went into the final session of the Brown Invitational with a 155 point lead over Princeton and extended it to 212.5 to win the women’s title over Princeton, while the Princeton men added to their 175 point lead over host Brown to win the men’s title by 223 points over the Bears. Full team standings are presented after the recap.
Strong individual performances from Eva Fabian, Michelle Chintanaphol, Kina Zhou, Paulina Kaminski, and Isla Hutchinson-Maddox highlighted Yale’s win, as the Bulldogs were undefeated in individual swim events Sunday night.
Princeton’s Corey Okubo was the stand-out individual performer for the Ivy League Tigers, as he was a double winner with NCAA ‘B’ cuts, but team strength (men and women) was underscored in their dominating 400-free relay wins.
Final Results (Friday through Sunday)
Yale Women Get It Going And It’s a Battle of Zachs In 1650-Yard Free Races
The men’s and women’s 1650-yard prelims were contested Sunday afternoon with sixteen entries for the women and 32 for the men.
Yale’s duo of Eva Fabian and Casey Lincoln went one and two in the afternoon’s qualfication. Fabian touched the wall in 16:29.64 and Lincoln in 16:47.11. Both were considerably slower than their seed times. Princeton’s Reese Iriondo qualified third (16:49.93) ahead of teammate Mary Kate Davis (16:52.24), who was the first finisher to drop time from her seed entry.
In the men’s 1650-yard free prelims, it was a Battle of the Zachs, as Rider’s Zachary Molloy and Princeton’s Zachary Ridout topped the 32-strong field in two different ways. Molloy dropped 30 seconds from his seed time to qualify first with a 15:29.96 and gain a NCAA ‘B cut, while Ridout’s 15:34.62 effort was 24 seconds off his seed time.
Chintanaphol And Okubo Win 200-Yard Back Contests With NCAA ‘B’ Cuts
Yale’s women set the pace for the evening in the women’s 200-yard back, as Michelle Chintanaphol and Olivia Jameson go one (1:56.92) and two (1:59.68) to defeat Princeton’s Shirley Wang (2:00.10). Chintanaphol notches a NCAA ‘B’ cut for her winning effort.
Heidi VanderWel made sure Yale made off with more points than the Tigers by placing fourth (2:00.88). Princeton placed five women in the A Final, but all except Wang were behind Yale’s trio.
Princeton’s Corey Okubo, who qualified third for Sunday night’s final, takes the 200-yard back win (1:45.01) and gets an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Dartmouth’s James Verhagen takes second (1:45.37) and Okbo’s teammate Connor Maher places third (1:45.87). Both also get NCAA ‘B’ cuts. All three separated themselves from the field with Verhagen’s teammate Aaron Athanas (1:47.90) taking fourth more than two seconds back from Maher.
Yale’s Zhou And Dartmouth’s Jakl Are Sunday’s Sprint Champs
Kina Zhou keeps the momentum for Yale’s women going with a sub-50 second win in the 100-yard free (49.85) over top finals qualifier Kate Dillione, who nearly broke 50 seconds with a 50.07 mark and was the first part of the second and third place finish for the hosts, as teammate Aja Grande placed third (50.86). Zhou’s time beats the NCAA “B’ standard (49.99), but she and Dillione already pocketed it from earlier meets.
David Jakl touched the wall first for the Lions in the 100-yard free (44.71) ahead of Princeton’s Jeremy Wong (44.91). For third, it was another battle of Columbia vs. Princeton with the Lions winning again as Kevin Frifeldt (45.23) beat out Alexander Lewis (45.25) by 0.02 seconds.
Harrison Wagner nearly duplicated his qualifying time (45.45) with his fourth-place mark (45.42), but did give Princeton some valuable points by ensuring the Tigers put all three of their men in the top five.
Kaminski Takes Women’s 200-yard Breast, While Pohlmann Does It For Princeton
It was all Paulina Kaminski in the women’s 200-yard breast (2:14.64) with a win and the only NCAA ‘B’ cut. Kaminski’s win kept the sweep of individual wins alive for Yale’s women. She won by more than three seconds over Brown’s Katie Roach (2:17.94) and nearly five seconds over teammate Ali Stephens-Pickeral (2:19.01).
The men’s 200-yard breast went to Princeton’s Jack Pohlmann with more than a second and a half (2:01.18) over Brown’s Connor Lohman (2:02.18), who was closely followed by Dartmouth’s Jay Schulte (2:03.38), who was faster in prelims (2:02.61), and Pohlmann’s teammate Brett Usinger (2:03.79). Since no one went under two minutes, all were off the NCAA ‘B’ standard (1:59.79).
Yale’s Women Go 1-2 In 200-Yard Fly With NCAA B Cuts, And Okubo Is A Double Winner
And Yale’s women keep it rolling with Isla Hutchinson-Maddox’s win in the 200-yard fly (1:58.71) over teammate Sydney Hirschi (1:59.70), who both achieved NCAA ‘B’ cuts. Brown’s Gina Matsumoto, who nearly missed breaking two minutes (2:00.08), placed third ahead of three Princeton women (Morgan Karetnick, Claire McIIMail, and Elizabeth McDonald), who all finished within 0.74 seconds of each other for four, fifth and sixth.
Princeton’s Okubo wins the men’s 200-yard fly (1:46.44) over teammate Marco Bove (1:48.22) and Columbia’s Kevin Quinn (1:48.29), who just beat out Riley Springman (1:48.59). Okubo’s time is an NCAA ‘B’ cut. The win is Okubo’s second of the night, as took the 200-yard back also with an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
Princeton Dominates 400-Yard Free Relays
If you’re not going to win the meet, win the final relay. That’s what Princeton’s women did in the 400-free relay (3:22.00) with nearly a two second gap over host Brown (3:23.92) and Yale (3:24.10). Yale’s B team finished fourth (3:27.63), adding insurance points for the final tally of team points. Princeton’s winning team of Claire McIIMail, Alisabeth Marsteller, Maddy Veith and Katie Diller did it on the strength of 50-point-something splits (50.45, 50.69, 50.34 and 50.52).
Princeton’s A and B squads went one and two to defeat host Brown and Columbia in the men’s 400-yard free relay. It was convincing too. The A squad’s 2:57.60 was more than a second ahead of the B team’s 2:58.97 and four seconds ahead of third place Brown. Jeremy Wong’s winning split for the Tigers was a 43.55.
Chambers Holds off Challenge from MacRae To Win Women’s 3-Meter Diving
Princeton’s Caitlin Chambers (326.30) picks up where she left off in the 3-meter diving prelims buts gets a challenge from third place qualifier Lilybet MacRae (323.70), who improved 43.75 points from her prelim performance (278.95). Chambers’ teammate Lisa Li, who qualified second, fell to the third position in the final (289.5) despite improving her qualifying result.
Final Team Standings
After three days, the final team standings for this year’s Brown Invitational, which saw Brown host Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Rider University, Columbia University, and Yale University (women only) are presented here:
Yale University — 1167
Princeton University — 954.5
Brown University — 751.5
Dartmouth College — 503
Rider University — 193
Columbia University — 46
Princeton University — 1030
Brown University — 807
Columbia University — 704
Dartmouth College — 666
Rider University — 434