Bears Wrap Up Home Schedule With 107-191 Loss to Yale

The Brown women's swimming and diving squad finished up their home season on Wednesday afternoon at UMass Dartmouth, losing to the visiting Bulldogs by a final margin of 107-191.  The day was highlighted for the Bears by a win in the 400 free relay, as the team of Kristen Caldarella, Liz Stein, Samantha Williams, and Allyson Schumacher crossed the line in 3:34.48 to pick up the victory.

Bruno kicked off the day by taking both the second and third spots in a competitive 200 medley relay, as the first three finishers crossed the line within four seconds of one another.  Rookie Kristen Jackson then followed with another second, finishing just behind Yale's Susan Kim in the 100 breast.  Jackson stormed out to a fast first 50 meters, but couldn't quite track down Kim in the final lap, finishing in 1:06.03.

In the 50 free, sophomore Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim and Caldarella took second and third behind Yale's Alex Forrester, as all three came in with a blanket finish, with less than a second separating them.  Forrester crossed the line in 23.34 seconds, followed by the Bears in 24.03 and 24.26 seconds respectively.

Caldarella picked up another second in the 100 free, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Cynthia Tsay of the Bulldogs.  Tsay came in at 52.42 seconds, just .11 ahead of Caldarella, who finished in 52.53.  The Bears then turned in one of their best performances of the day in the 100 fly, sweeping the second through fourth places.  Natascha Mangan led the pack in second, with a time of 58.13 seconds, followed by Haley Strausser and Libby Matthews in third and fourth.

Brown wrapped up the day with an impressive win in the 400 free, as the quartet of Bears swam to a time of 3:34.48.  Caldarella led off with a 52.97 for her leg, giving Brown an early lead that would hold up for first.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Ithaca to take on the Cornell Big Red.