NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The Brown women's swimming and diving team (6-5, 2-5 Ivy League) concluded the 2012-2013 dual meet season on Monday with a 173-127 loss to the Yale Bulldogs (5-2, 5-2 Ivy League) at the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. With the result, the Bears enter the Ivy League championship meet with a 6-5 overall record, including two wins against league foes Dartmouth and Penn.
The evening competition opened up with action on the boards, and sophomore Michelle Miller (Kenilworth, IL) grabbed a third place finish for the Bears on the 3-meter with a season-best score of 246.37. Brown followed her performance up with a two-three finish in the first swimming event of the meet, the 200 medley relay. The team of Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg, VA), Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME), Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) and Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) finished in the second spot, combining for a time of 1:46.86. They were closely followed by Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA), Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), Maggie Jordan (Niskayuna, NY) and Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA), as the squad turned in a time of 1:47.40 to take third place.
After the team battled through tough races in the 1000 freestyle and the 200 freestyle, Pittman had a solid swim in the 100 backstroke, finishing second with a time of 58.83. Borgolini grabbed the Bears' first win of the day in the 100 breaststroke, leading a one-three finish for Brown with a time of 1:05.07. Jackson claimed the third spot with a time of 1:06.69.
Freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) and classmate Alexis Daswick (Scottsdale, AZ) finished second and third in the 200 butterfly with times of 2:05.46 and 2:08.78, respectively, while Tong and Dillione took the top two spots in the 50 freestyle. Tong clocked in at 24.03, and Dillione stopped the clock just two one-hundredths of a second later.
Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) earned a runner-up finish for Brown in the second diving event of the evening, compiling a score of 275.62 on the 1-meter board. Her performance marked the second time this season that the freshman has achieved the NCAA Zone Diving mark.
Tong swam a time of 52.20 to earn second place in the 100 freestyle, while senior Meghan Earley (Orange, CT) stopped the clock at 2:05.84 to do the same in the 200 backstroke. Borgolini earned her second win of the meet in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a time of 2:21.52, while Jackson finished right behind her with a time of 2:24.59.
Jordan earned her first career win in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall at 57.56, and Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) took third in the same event, finishing in 58.47. Dillione finished in third in the meet's final individual race, the 200 IM, turning in a time of 2:08.73.
The Bears concluded the meet with a strong showing in the 200 freestyle relay, claiming another two-three finish. Tong, Dillione, Lamothe and Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA) clocked in at 1:36.22 to take second, while Pittman, Gilley, Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) and Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) finished third in a time of 1:39.63.
The women's team will focus on preparing for the championship meet season over the next few weeks, returning to the pool on Thursday, February 28 for the three-day Ivy League Championship meet, hosted by Princeton University.