BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown University women's swimming and diving team opened up the 2012-2013 season with a non-league meet against Boston University on Friday afternoon. The Bears triumphed over a strong Terrier squad, claiming their first win of the season, 152-148, in a meet where the winner was not decided until the last relay. The Bears were led by freshman Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD), a four-time event winner, and junior Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), who claimed both breastroke titles.
The meet opened with a Brown victory, as the 200 medley relay team of Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg,VA), Borgolini, Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) and Tong claimed the top spot, followed closely by Brown's "B" relay team. The Bears' distance swimmers followed that up with a strong showing in the 1000 freestyle, as Charlene Flores (Chatsworth, CA), Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) and Ellen Downing (Denver, CO) claimed the last three scoring spots.
Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) raced to victory in the meet's third event, the 200 freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:51.28, just .02 ahead of BU's top finisher. Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) claimed third place points for the Bears. The Terriers gained ground in a fast 100 backstroke field, as Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA) and Pittman finished third and fifth, respectively, but a one-two finish in the 100 breastroke brought Brown right back into it. Borgolini claimed the top spot with a time of 1:04.79, while Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) took second place honors, finishing in 1:06.47.
Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) continued the streak of strong swims with a second place finish in the 200 butterfly, completing the race in a time of 2:05.12. Going into the diving break, Tong blew away the field to claim the top spot in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.60, while Dillione swam to a second place finish.
Freshman Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) finished second in the one-meter diving competition with a score of 236.62, while Michelle Miller (Kenilworth, IL) and Julia Guimond (Barrington, NH) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. In the second diving event of the day, the three-meter, Speakman led Brown's sweep of the last three scoring spots, accumulating 226.95 points.
Brown claimed the top spot in three of the six individual events after the diving break, as Tong swam to first in the 100 freestyle (51.59), Borgolini added a victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.44) and Holmes claimed the top honor in the 100 butterfly (57.05). Borgolini and Holmes both led a one-two sweep of their event, as Flores finished in second place in the 200 breaststroke, while Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI) claimed the second spot in the sprint butterfly event. Jackson finished as the runner-up in the 200 IM, the last individual event of the day, while Matthews swam a strong race to finish in fourth.
Competition wrapped up with the second Brown relay victory of the day. The Bears sealed their first win of the season with a first place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Tong, Dillione, Gilley and Lamothe blew away the squad from BU with a time of 1:35.95.
Brown returns to the pool tomorrow afternoon, as both the women's and men's teams will take on UMASS-Amherst at 1:00pm in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.