January 16, 2010

Boston University Women Swim to Victory Over Brown

The Bears resumed their season after returning north from Miami on Saturday afternoon, traveling to take on Boston University and coming away with a tough loss, as the Terriers won by a 204-96 margin. Rookie Kristin Jackson led the Bears, taking an individual first and second, as well as competing as part of a second-place relay team.

Brown started off the day on a solid note in the 200 medley relay, as Jackson joined seniors Bridget Ballard and Susannah Ford and fellow rookie Libby Matthews to take second, just four seconds behind Boston University.  After a third-place finish in the 200 free by sophomore Allyson Schumacher, Jackson struck again, taking first in the 100 back.  The freshman swam a blistering first 50 meters, opening a slight advantage and continuing to pull away, eventually winning by nearly a full second in 58.97 seconds.

In the 200 fly, Natascha Mangan turned in a solid showing, placing a close second with a time of 2:06.66.  On the diving boards, meanwhile, sophomore Rebecca Tassell put up an impressive score of 224.55 in the one-meter dive, placing a narrow third behind the Terriers.  Tassell was even better in the three-meter dive, posting a 277.78 to take second.

Back in the pool, Kristen Caldarella posted an impressive showing in the 100 free, crossing the line in 52.08 seconds, edging BU by nearly half a second.  Jackson and Schumacher then turned in back-to-back second place finishes in the 200 breast and 500 free respectively before the Bears wrapped up the afternoon with another second in the 400 free relay.

Brown will be back in action on Friday, January 23, when they will once again make the short trip to Boston to take on the Harvard Crimson at 12:30 p.m.