PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's swimming and diving team (5-2, 2-2 Ivy League) earned a commanding win over Penn, 219-80, while falling to Harvard, 208-92, in a double dual meet held at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday. The Bears won 12 of the 14 individual events in their meet with the Quakers, while junior Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY) was the sole individual winner against the Crimson, taking top honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Brown turned in an impressive all-around performance over Penn, beginning with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The team of Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg, VA), Borgolini, Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) and Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) combined for a time of 1:45.96 and the win. Freshman Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) grabbed the top spot in the endurance event of the day, clocking a 17:18.69 in the 1650 freestyle, and sophomore Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) raced to a time of 1:50.87 in the 200 freestyle, challenging Harvard's Danielle Lee and earning a convincing win over the swimmers from Penn.
Pittman and Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA) turned in a one-two finish in the 100 backstroke, cruising ahead of the Quakers with times of 57.97 and 58.09, respectively, while Borgolini exerted her dominance in the breaststroke events, touching the wall in a blistering 1:03.89 to grab a win over both Harvard and Penn. Senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) and sophomore Charlene Flores (Chatsworth, CA) were also impressive in the breaststroke, completing the Bears' sweep over the Quakers with times of 1:05.26 and 1:07.15, respectively.
Freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) earned the win over Penn in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 2:03.94, less than a second behind Harvard's Connie Hsu, while classmate Tong did the same in the 50 freestyle, stopping the clock at 23.75 for another Brown win.
Brown won both boards against Penn, with Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) producing scores of 253.35 on 1-meter and 237.40 on 3-meter for the wins. The freshman also turned in the Bears' top finishes against the Crimson, earning third place on 1-meter and fourth place on 3-meter.
Tong grabbed her second win of the day against Penn, clocking a time of 51.57 in the 100 freestyle for the win and leading a one-two sweep for Bruno, as Dillione stopped the clock in 51.70 to grab second place. The Bears followed that up with a second place finish in the 200 backstroke, as Pittman raced to a time of 2:07.93, just behind the top swimmer from Penn.
Borgolini won a close race in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a time of 2:19.61 for the win over Harvard, and led another Brown sweep of the breaststroke events over Penn. Flores finished second in 2:23.25, while Nicole Provenza (Millersville, MD) was third in 2:27.84. Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) was second for the Bears in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:07.46, while Matsumoto grabbed her second win of the day in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.25.
Jackson triumphed in a close race for the 200 IM title, stopping the clock in 2:08.44 for the win in the final individual event of the day, and the Bears secured their victory over Penn with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA), Gilley, Dillione and Tong combined for a time of 3:29.41 for the top spot.
After earning its second Ivy League win of the season, Brown will embark upon a busy week of competition, heading to Bryant on Thursday, January 24 for a 5:00pm meet before traveling to New York City to take on Columbia at 12:00pm on Saturday, January 26.