2009 Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championships: Day 1
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Jan. 24, 2009) – After one day of competition at the 2009 Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championships, 11-time defending champion Wellesley College leads the field. Although host Vassar College claimed nine victories in the first 13 events, the Blue used their depth to amass 709.5 points. They will enter the second and final day of the competition with a comfortable lead over second place Vassar (669). Rounding out the five team field are Smith College (429 points), Mount Holyoke College (371.5) and Bryn Mawr College (145).
The Brewers started the day off on a high note, winning the first three events and four out of five in Session I. Their 200-yard freestyle relay ‘A’ team, comprised of Caroline Shannon, Samantha Jones, Jess Lentner and Megan McCarty, finished in a winning time of 1:44.37. Smith’s ‘A’ relay team placed second (1:46.71), followed by Wellesley’s ‘A’ team (1:47.68).
In the second event, Vassar again came out on top, as Emily Love dominated the field in the 500-yard freestyle. Love’s time of 5:20.16 was over six seconds faster than the second place finisher, Dana Dutton of Smith (5:26.81).
Shannon earned her second first place finish of the morning, with a win in the 200-yard individual medley. She finished in 2:17.85. Lily Sidman of Smith placed second (2:19.17).
Vassar sweep of Session I was snapped, when Wellesley’s Dana Dutton captured top honors in the 50-yard freestyle. Dutton won with a time of 26.23, narrowly edging out Vassar’s Megan McCarty (26.34). Mount Holyoke first year Lydia Bowers touched the wall third (26.41).
The hosts rounded out their strong morning session with a convincing win in the 400-yard medley relay. The ‘A’ team of Love, Allison Koenker, Jones and Lentner notched a winning time of 4:14.01, which was over ten seconds faster than the Wellesley ‘A’ team (4:24.79).
Wellesley’s Kate Sorenson won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 474.00. She was followed by Smith’s Alexis Roehrich (382.80) and Vassar’s Amelia Couture (267.45). All three made the NCAA B cut with their scores.
Vassar started the second session off strong, placing first in the 200-yard medley relay. The Brewers ‘A’ team of Love, Koenker, McCarty, and Lentner finished in 1:55.26, while Mount Holyoke’s ‘A’ team of first year Mary Kate Miller, junior Lindsay Schonborn, junior Shannon Sutherland and Bowers took home second place (2:00.05).
The hosts continued their winning ways in the next event, as Koenker won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:49.28. Meanwhile, Seidman completed the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.46 to secure top honors.
Love brought home another win for Vassar in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:58.3. She was followed by Smith’s Christine Dzialo (2:03.97) and Wellesley’s Emilie Mitten (2:05.20).
Shannon touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke. She completed the race in 1:12.67 to narrowly egde out both Koenker (1:12.91) and Schonborn (1:13.61).
Love picked up her third individual win of the day for Vassar in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:00.54.
Wellesley then grabbed control of the championship with a win in the 800-yard freestyle relay to close out the day. The Blue’s ‘A’ team of Mitten, Laura Weir, Stephanie Welch and Dutton swam a winning time of 8:31.02. The ‘A’ team from Smith placed second (8:32.43), followed by Vassar’s ‘A’ team (8:42.63).
Day two of the Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championships will begin with diving at 10:00 a.m. The final swimming session will take place at 12:15 p.m.