PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – The Brown women's swimming and diving team had another solid day of swims at the 37th Women's Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championships held at Princeton's DeNunzio pool. With one day left to go, the Bears sit in seventh place with 445.5 points. In the eight events contested, the squad accumulated one school record, five top eight finishes and 13 best times.
In the first event of the evening's competition, the 200 medley relay, the Bears raced to a sixth place finish. The squad of junior Paige Gilley (Cupertino, CA), junior Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY), junior Emma Lamothe (Brimfield, MA) and freshman Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) combined for a time of 1:42.77, just slightly off of the Brown school record set at last year's championship.
Freshman Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) was the Bears' top finisher in the 1000 freestyle, racing to the 20th spot with a time of 10:15.18. The swim was a season best by over 15 seconds, making her the eighth fastest performer in Brown history. Senior Ellen Downing (Denver, CO) also competed in the event, scoring points for the team with her 22nd place finish. Her time of 10:17.41 was 17 second faster than her previous season-best.
From there, action moved on to the 400 IM where sophomore Nicole Provenza (Millersville, MD) scored the highest for Brown, earning the 15th spot with a time of 4:26.26, just slightly faster than the season best that she produced in the morning preliminaries. Senior Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI) swam to a season best time of 4:29.34 in the morning, before finishing 21st at night. Both competitors swam their way onto Brown's all-time top 25 list, with Provenza landing in the 11th spot and Matthews falling into 20th.
Junior Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) led three Brown swimmers in the consolation final of the 100 butterfly, finishing 12th with a time of 55.32, making her the fifth fastest swimmer in Brown history. Freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) captured 15th with a season-best of 55.63, while junior Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI) took 16th after crushing her season best in prelims with a 55.78 clocking. Matsumoto moves into the sixth spot on Brown's list of top 25 performers, while Mulvey swims into the seventh.
Freshman Alexis Daswick (Scottsdale, AZ) competed in the bonus final for the Bears, racing to 21st with a time of 56.42. She swam a season best of 56.06 in the morning session, making her the 10th fastest performer in Brown history. Lamothe also competed in the 100 butterfly, swimming a season-best of 56.95 in prelims.
The 200 freestyle was a strong event for Brown sophomore Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA), as the sophomore smashed the Brown school record with her morning swim, clocking a time of 1:47.15 to make the NCAA 'B' cut. In the evening's championship finals she finished fourth, earning valuable points for the Bears. Junior Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) raced to 22nd place with a time of 1:53.00, while junior Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA) swam a season-best time of 1:55.75 in the morning session.
Evening competition in the 100 breaststroke featured three Brown swimmers, two in championship final and one in the bonus final. Borgolini was the Bears' top finisher, taking fifth place with a time of 1:02.59, while senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) finished just behind her in sixth. Jackson's morning swim of 1:02.57 was a season best and makes her the second fastest performer in school history. Tong also competed, taking 22nd with a time of 1:06.20.
Junior Catherine Pittman (Williamsburg, VA) and Gilley represented the Bears in the 100 backstroke, both competing in the bonus final. Pittman won the heat, clocking in at a season best time of 56.34 to take 17th, while Gilley claimed the 19th spot with a time of 57.07.
In the final event of the second day of competition, the 800 freestyle relay, the squad of Tong, Matthews, Sellinger and Dillione raced to a seventh place finish, stopping the clock at 7:23.54, less than half a second off the Brown school record set in 2001.
After fourteen events, Princeton tops the team standings with 953.5 points, followed by Harvard with 920 and Columbia with 796. Yale is just behind the Lions with 694 points, while Dartmouth sits just ahead of Penn with 565. The Quakers have accumulated 503 points, slightly ahead of Brown and Cornell who have 445.5 and 392 points, respectively.
Championship action will begin again tomorrow morning with the preliminary session at 11:00am. Live results are available online and through the Meet Mobile app. Finals will begin at 6:00pm, with the Ivy League providing live video through its website. Links to all three modes of following the meet can be found on the women's swimming and diving schedule page.