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June 21, 2024 | Latest Issue
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Swimming and diving teams sink in weekend competition

Erica Serpico '12 followed up her strong performance last week with another undefeated weekend, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.
Erica Serpico '12 followed up her strong performance last week with another undefeated weekend, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

Captain Andrew Ballentine '09 had a big weekend for the Big Green (0-4, 0-3 Ivy) on the men's side, coming in second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:09.76 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:26.10.

Other notable Big Green performances came from Michael Ahern '12, Marco Chu '11 and Kevin Ellis '09.

Ahern took second in the 200-yard backstroke, and third in the 100-yard backstroke, Chu finished third in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM, while Ellis took third in the 800-yard freestyle and fifth in the 400.

On the diving board, Chris Plante '12, who won the 3-meter at last Sunday's Colgate University meet, finished fourth in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. Michael Brown '11 finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 240.80. Brown's C.J. Kampe won the 3-meter with a commanding 317.90.

"I think our guys did really well," head coach Jim Wilson said, "Navy's a great team right now. They're going to walk away with the Patriot League this year, no one's even going to come close."

The match was dominated by Navy, as the Midshipmen continued their undefeated season. Navy had the top time in 12 of the 16 events.

Last year, the Midshipmen finished with a record of 15-2, winning their fifth consecutive Patriot League title. The Navy had 25 varsity team members return this season.

Coming off a 1-3 opening season road-trip, the Big Green (1-3, 1-2 Ivy) fell to Ivy foe Brown Sunday afternoon at Karl Michael Pool.

The women's team's only home swimming match this fall was a close one, as Brown edged out Dartmouth, 164-136. It was the season opener for the Bears (1-0, 1-0 Ivy), who finished sixth at last year's Ivy League Championships. The result was a definite improvement from last year's meet against Brown, when the Big Green lost, 186-114, with Brown winning 13 of the 16 events.

Erica Serpico '12, coming off wins in the 3-meter and 1-meter dives during last Sunday's meet at Colgate, shined once again on the diving boards. Serpico won the 3-meter with a score of 280.80, and the 1-meter with a score of 269.91.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the Big Green team of Galen Barry '12, Heather Jankins '09, Kelsey Pinson '12 and Elizabeth Kamai '12 took first place in 1:50.7.

The Bears then went on a run, winning five of the next six events. Brown went 1-2 in the 1000-yard free, with Ainsley McFadgen finishing first and Allyson Schumacher taking second.

Schumacher then went on to break a 13-year-old pool record with a time of 1:52.25 in the 200-yard free. Maddie Steiner '11 was a close second in 1:52.53. Steiner also won the 200-yard IM in 2:09.15 and finished second in the 100-yard free.

Barry finished second in both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, behind Brown's Sage Erskine and Kelley Wisinger, respectively.

Last weekend's meets ended the fall swim season, but the teams have daily 6 a.m. practices before leaving for their annual training trips after exams.

The women will face University of Vermont on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Hanover and the men will host Yale and the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Jan. 17.