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Samson Sets UVAC 200-Free Record And Team Wins Invitational

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – Olivia Samson set a new UVAC record in the 200-Free and the Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving team won the Dartmouth Invitational (1106.5) on Saturday at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

Northeastern finished second with 778, followed by UMass in third with 756.50 points. Boston College, Connecticut College and Maine rounded out the competition.

In duals, Dartmouth defeated Boston College (290-63), Connecticut College (283-64), Maine (285-68) and UMass (195-158).

Samson's win in the 200-Free was a complete sweep by the Big Green. Samson’s 1:51.96 set a new record previously set by Christine Kerr in 2012. Maddie Wall finished second in 1:52.76 also snapping the previous record. C. Kerr finished third and Charlotte Kamai in fourth.  Samson finished second in the 400-IM in 4:36.01. Later in the meet, Kamai won the 100-Free in 52.08.

Kendese Nangle and Natalia Vecerek finished second and third in the 100-Back, hitting the wall in 58.39 and 59.03, respectively.  Erin Henn finished second in the 1,650-Free in 17:26.76. In the 200-Back, Lindsay Tyler finished second in 2:08.67.

The Big Green won the 400-Free Relay in 3:32.24 and placed second in the 200-Medley Relay in 1:48.81.

The swimming and diving teams will next compete against Connecticut on Feb. 1, followed by Ivy foe Columbia on Feb. 9.