Caldarella, Jackson Combine for Five Wins, But Brown Falls to Cornell 160-135
In their final dual competition before heading to the Ivy League Championships at the end of the month, the Brown women's swimming and diving squad (2-8, 1-6 Ivy) hit the road to Ithaca, New York, where they fell to Cornell (3-6, 2-5 Ivy) by a final margin of 160-135. Rookie Kristen Jackson and sophomore Kristen Caldarella led the way for the Bears, as each won a pair of individual events, but it wasn't enough to hold off the depth of the Big Red.
After a close second in the 200 medley relay to lead off the meet, Caldarella got things rolling in the individual events, winning the 200 free in an impressive 1:54.65. The sophomore was in a close race for most of the duration, but found another gear over the final 50 meters, pulling away for a relatively easy win.
In the 100 breast, Jackson took an exciting victory, holding off Cornell's Jessie Holley down the stretch to win in 1:06.16, less than a second ahead of Holley. Junior Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim then took a victory in a wild 50 free, crossing the line in 24.47 seconds, as all six competitors flashed across within a second of one another.
Caldarella then followed with her second win of the day in the 100 free, roaring through the final 50 yards to nip the Big Red for the win, crossing the line in 52.65 seconds. Jackson came back shortly after for her first victory of the day, winning the 200 breast by an impressive 1.4 second margin, finishing in 2:24.79.
In the 500 free, sophomore Allyson Schumacher took a hard-fought victory as well. After trailing by a slight margin early, Schumacher steadily gained ground over the second half of the race, eventually pulling away to win with a time of 5:07.65. That was quickly followed by another win for Jackson, as she took the title in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.70. The Bears then wrapped up the meet with a win in the 400 free relay, taking the top spot in 3:35.21.
Brown will be back in action on February 25, when the team will resume competition at the Ivy League Championship.