December 3, 2007

Bears Finish in 7th at Princeton's Big Al Open

Dec. 3, 2007

PRINCETON, NJ - The Brown women's swimming and diving team (1-1, 1-1) traveled to Princeton over the weekend to take part in the 2007 Big Al Open. The Bears finished with a team score of 173 points, good for seventh place. Penn State won the Invitational with 1057 points, while Princeton took second with 639 and Washington State was third with 495. Pittsburgh (481), Rutgers (283), and Columbia (266) rounded out the top six schools, while Rider (122), and Bucknell (55) closed out the scoring. In addition to the invitational results, the Brown & Princeton scores also counted towards the dual meet between the Bears and the Tigers, which Princeton won.

Overall, Brown was led by freshmen Stephanie Pollard (Victoria, BC) and Candice Sisouvanvieng-Kim (Albuquerque, NM), who each posted one eighth-place finish and were a part of several relay teams.

Brown opened the meet with a ninth place finish in the 200 Free Relay as the team of Sisouvanvieng-Kim, freshman Sage Erskine (Arlington, VA), sophomore Susannah Ford (Cambridge, MA, and junior Sarah Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) posted a time of 1:37.18.

Junior Ainsley McFadgen (Glace Bay, NS) placed 16th in the first individual event, clocking in at 5:01.68 in the 500 Free. Freshman Kelley Wisinger (Warren, NJ) was Brown's top finisher in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:09.54 for 23rd place, while sophomore Bailey Langner (Martinez, CA) was 24th with a time of 2:10.20. Sisouvanvieng-Kim earned Brown's top place over the weekend with a time of 24.25 in the 50 Free, good for eighth.

Brown's 400 Medley Relay team of Erskine, senior Aly Wyatt (Ypsilanti, MI), freshman Natascha Mangan (Keizer, OR), and Sisouvanvieng-Kim closed the first day's swimming events with an eighth-place finish (3:55.94).

Brown opened day two events, taking 11th in the 200 Medley Relay as the team of Erskine, Wyatt, senior Lauren Zatorski (Winnetka, IL), and Sisouvanvieng-Kim swam a time of 1:48.68.

Wisinger led Brown in the 400 IM, placing 16th with a time of 4:33.29, while Langner was 18th with a time of 4:35.52. Mangan had the Bears' best finish in the 100 Fly, posting a time of 57.90, good for 13th, while Zatorski placed 22nd with a time of 59.58. Pollard then picked up Brown's other eighth-place finish in an individual event, earning a time of 1:52.15 in the 200 Free. McFadgen placed 20th with a time of 1:54.51.

Langner led Brown in the 100 Breast, finishing in 20th with a time of 1:07.35, while Wyatt was 21st with a time of 1:07.48. Erskine posted the Bears' top finish in the 100 Back, earning 10th with a time of 57.66, while Goodman was 19th with a time of 59.38. Wisinger swam a time of 1:00.21 to finish in 24th.

The Bears closed day two swimming events with a fifth place finish in the 800 Free Relay as the team of Pollard, McFadgen, Wisinger, and Wyatt swam a time of 7:40.79.

Senior Dillon Delaney (West Barnstable, MA) opened the final day of competition with a 13th place finish in the 1650 Free, posting a time of 17:18.52, while McFadgen was 14th with a time of 17:21.39. Erskine led Brown in the 200 Back with a time of 2:04.23, good for 10th, while Wisinger finished in 18th with a time of 2:04.74. Pollard led Brown in the 100 Free, clocking in at 52.76, good for 19th, while Sisouvanvieng-Kim was 24th with a time of 53.26.

Langner led Brown in the 200 Breast with a 14th-place finish (2:23.34), while Wyatt was 21st (2:26.06). Mangan was the Bears' top finisher in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:06.83, good for 12th.

In the final event of the meet, the Bears took 11th and 12th in the 400 Free Relay as the team of Sisouvanvieng-Kim, Pollard, Erskine, and Goodman clocked in at 3:33.91 and the team of McFadgen, Wyatt, Wisinger, and Ford earned a time of 3:34.76.

In diving action, sophomore Katie Olko (Harriston, NY) led the Bears on the 3-Meter, finishing in 13th with a score of 210.60, while junior Jessica Williams (McLean, VA) was 14th with a score of 210.35. Olko also led Brown on the 1-Meter, finishing in 16th with a score of 199.45, while senior Jacquelyn Rudis (North Andover, MA) was 18th with a score of 186.80.