November 22, 2009

Bears Dominate Dartmouth in Second Meet of Season

The Brown women's swimming and diving squad knocked off the Dartmouth Big Green by an impressive 203.50-96.50 margin over the weekend, winning every swim event to even their record at 1-1.  The Bears were led by sophomore Allyson Schumacher (Des Moines, WA), who won three individual events and was a part of another winning relay.

After Dartmouth began the day with a win in the 1-meter dive, the Bears quickly asserted themselves in the pool, beginning with a three second win in the 200 medley relay.  Schumacher then followed that with a dominating 23-second win the 1000 free, leading a contingent of Bears to the top three spots.  Schumacher crossed the line in 10:40, followed by freshman Meghan Earley in 11:03 and junior Sarah Champagne in 11:13, as all three finished before the first Dartmouth swimmer.

Despite having little time to rest, Schumacher then bounced back to win the next event as well, winning the 200 free in 1:55.31, as the Bears again took the top three positions.  In the 100 back, senior Bridget Ballard and junior Sage Erskine battled it out for the win, with Ballard just pushing ahead to take the win in 1:00.38.  Erskine followed in 1:00.61.

With the action turning back to the sprints, rookie Kristin Jackson led the way for Brown in the 100 breast, winning the event with an impressive 1:06.20.  Junior Natascha Mangan kept the momentum going in the 200 fly, using a strong final push to win with a time of 2:08.69, comfortably ahead of the next swimer in.

Though the Big Green was able to gain a few points back in the 3-meter dive, junior Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim ended any comeback thoughts quickly, winning both the 50 and 100 free.  Junior Kelley Wisinger then added a win in the 200 back, followed by Jackson's second win of the day, this time in the 200 breast.  Schumacher then ended her individual events with a victoy in the 500 free, winning the event by a comfortable eight second margin.

After Mangan and Jackson each picked up an additional win in the 100 fly and 200 IM respectively, the Bears ended the day with the 400 free relay.  Sisouvanvieng-Kim and Schumacher teamed up with rookie Liz Stein and sophomore Sam Williams to pick up the win with an impressive 3:36.0.

The Bears will be back in action on December 4, when they begin competition at the three-day Bucknell Invitational.