Harvard Knocks off Brown Swimmers

The Crimson turned in an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon, sweeping Brown in their annual dual meet to take a 177-66 win over the Bears.  A number of Brown swimmers turned in second place finishes, but it wasn't enough to overcome the depth of Harvard.

The action started with the 200 medley relay, where the Bears took an incredibly close second, losing to the Crimson by just .21 seconds.  The team of Bridget Ballard, Kristen Jackson, Natascha Mangan, and Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim turned in a solid time, crossing the line in 1:47.51, but it wasn't enough to catch Harvard, which finished in 1:47.30.

In the 200 free, Allyson Schumacher came up with another second place finish, finishing just behind the Crimson with a time of 1:54.27.  That was quickly followed by an individual second for Sisouvanvieng-Kim, who was narrowly edged in the 50 free, turning in a time of 24.32 seconds.

Mangan swam well in the 100 fly, crossing the line in 57.23 seconds, an agonizing .02 seconds behind Harvard's Alexandra Clarke, who won the event.  Sophomore Kristen Caldarella then followed with another second, swimming the 100 free in 53.24.

In the 500 free, Schumacher picked up another silver, finishing the grueling event with a time of 5:06.58, just behind the Crimson's Christine Kaufmann, who won with a time of 5:04.58.  The day then concluded with the 200 relay, where Sisouvanvieng-Kim, Ballad, Caldarella, and senior Susannah Ford put together a time of 1:37.29, good for another second place.

The Bears will be back in action on January 29, when they open their home season by hosting Columbia at UMass-Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m.