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Women's Swimming Falls to Columbia in Close Meet

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Olivia Samson won the 1000 free in the Big Green's dual meet vs. Columbia on Sunday...     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team dropped a close 182-116 meet to Ivy League foe, Columbia, on Sunday (Feb. 10). The met was the final dual meet of the regular season for the Big Green and marked the final home meet for the Class of 2013.

The Big Green saw several good performances in the final dual meet of the season. Freshman Olivia Samson (Clifton, N.Y.) kept up her dominance in the distance events winning the 1000 free with a time of 10:14.74, five seconds ahead of the next finisher from Columbia. Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Erin Henn (Lawrenceville N.J.) also competed finishing in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) continued her excellent rookie campaign as well and claimed the 100 backstroke and the 50 free titles. Nangle won the 100 back with a time of 56.70 and the 50 free with a time of 23.87. The freshman was also second in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.33.

The Dartmouth divers had a good outing too. Senior Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) claimed both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles. She won the 3-meter with a score of 295.21 and took the 1-meter with a score of 274.71. Madison McClenney (The Woodlands, Texas) was fourth in the 1-meter (245.77) while Fiona Weeks (Clinton, Wash.) took fifth in the 1-meter with a score of 241.42.

In the 500 free Samson and Kirstin Hocheder (Tucson, Ariz.) paced the Big Green. Samson took third place with a time of 4:58.86 while Hocheder took fourth with a time of 5:06.05.

To conclude the meet, the Big Green went 1-2-3 in the 400 free relay. The quartet of Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.), Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.), Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) and Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) took first place with a time of 3:28. 39.

Dartmouth will take some time off before heading to the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. The championships will be held Feb. 28-March 1 at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.