PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – In the first official competition to be held in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center at Brown University, the women's swimming and diving team (2-0) completed the weekend sweep, crushing the UMASS Minutewomen (2-2), 172 to 126. The Bears captured eleven first place finishes in the afternoon competition, including several one-two finishes, and freshman Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) went eight-for-eight on the weekend, claiming four victories in each meet.
Swimming against one of the premier teams in the Atlantic-10 conference, Brown opened the day with a sweep of the 400 medley relay, as the team of Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA), Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) and Tong blew away the field with a time of 3:32.00. The 'B' squad also out-touched the 'A' team from UMASS, finishing with a time of 3:35.00. Sophomore Charlene Flores (Chatsworth, CA) represented the female distance swimmers, finishing in second place with a time of 10:37.04. Senior Ellen Downing (Denver, CO) snuck into the last scoring spot for the Bears, as the Minutewomen put forth a strong showing.
The Bears claimed first and second in the 200 freestyle, as Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:52.29, while senior Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) out-touched a surging UMASS swimmer to claim second place by four one-hundredths of a second. Gilley won the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.72, and senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) and junior Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI) added third and fourth place finishes for the Bears.
Borgolini continued her impressive weekend with a win in the 100 breastsroke, swimming the race in a time of 1:03.71, almost four seconds faster than the second place finisher. This early season swim was especially impressive, given that it was just over a second away from the NCAA 'B' cut in the event. Holmes captured the 200 butterfly for Brown, clocking in at 2:05.41, while freshman Alexis Daswick (Scottsdale, AZ) swam a 2:09.37 to finish in third place. In the 50 freestyle, the last event before the diving break, Tong swam a beautiful race to lead a one-two finish for the Bears. She touched the wall in a blazing 23.42, a time that ranks her sixth all-time at Brown, while teammate Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA) finished second with a 24.44.
Action on the boards occurred throughout the meet, with freshman Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) finishing as the top Bear in each of the two events contested. She placed third in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, with improved scores of 240.37 and 245.09, respectively.
The 100 freestyle got things started in the pool again, as Tong cruised to another victory in a time of 51.15, a performance that ties her with the ninth fastest 100 freestyler in school history. Dillione finished in second place, while Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) grabbed the fourth spot. Daswick took second in the 200 backstroke, touching with a time of 2:08.25, while Meghan Earley (Orange, CT) and Pittman grabbed the last two scoring spots.. Borgolini was brilliant in the 200 breaststroke, finishing first in 2:17.79, seven seconds ahead of Jackson who claimed runner-up honors.
As the meet wound down and the Bears continued to build on their lead, Flores came from behind to win the 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 5:08.31, while Downing grabbed the last point for the Bears. Holmes, Matthews and Gilley claimed the middle three spots in the 100 butterfly, before Dillione capped off the individual events with a win in the 200 IM, touching in a time of 2:08.33.
The Bears capped off a very impressive weekend of swimming with a win, as the relay team of Nolet, Pittman, Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) and Tong swam to victory in the 200 freestyle relay, clocking a time of 1:37.33.
Brown will take a bit of a hiatus from competition for the next few weeks, before returning to the pool for the Brown Invite. The multi-team, trials and finals competition will be held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center from November 30 to December 2.