PRINCETON, N.J. - The Big Green women's swimming and diving team opened the 2013 Ivy League Championships by setting six new school records on the first day of action. Dartmouth is sitting in fifth place with 244 points after first day action.
Host Princeton is leading with 473.5 points, while Harvard is sitting in second place with 412 points. Yale (324) and Columbia (313) round out the top five.
Dartmouth opened the finals with a school record in the 200 free relay. The quartet of Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica), Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.), Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) and Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) teamed for a school record with a time of 1:32.48, The time was a second faster than the record set at this very meet last season.
Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) led the contingent in the 500 free, after setting a school record with a time of 4:50.59, in the morning prelims, Kerr placed eighth in finals with a time of 4:54.32.
Rebecca Butler (West Orange, N.J.) took runner-up honors in the C final in the 200 IM, setting another school record. Butler, who swam a 2:05.13 in the morning preliminaries, crushed the school record in the finals with a time of 2:04.15, a minute faster than the record set in 2011.
Nangle had an awesome first day, besting her school record in the morning swim by swimming a 22.94, good for sixth place and 24 points for the Big Green team score. Van Metre and Hengemuhle also added to the point total with 11th and 16th-place finishes, respectively.
In the diving competition, Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass.) led Dartmouth on the 1-meter. She took fifth place with a score of 259.74, while Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) placed 11th with 261.95 points.
The Big Green closed the first day with a record-setting 400-medley relay. Nangle, Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.), Emily Holt (Louisville, Ky.) and Kamai teamed to place sixth with a time of 3:44.30, over three seconds faster than the previous school record set at this meet last season.Nangle also set a new school record, her second of the day, in the 100 back on the first leg of the relay. Her time of 54.97, was two seconds faster than the previous mark of 56.08 .
The Big Green started the preliminaries with a bang as Danielle Kerr set a new record in the 500-free, swimming a 4:50.59, which was good enough to put her in the A final. Kerr's 4:50.59 bested Dartmouth's previous record of 4:52.41 set by Melissa Kerr in 2007. Freshman Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) also qualified for the C final with a time of 4:54.97.
Nangle also set the tone in the 50 free. Nangle set a new school record with a time of 22.95, becoming the first Dartmouth female swimmer to swim faster than 23 seconds. The Big Green were well represented in the sprint event with six swimmers advancing to the finals. Van Metre and Hengemuhle reached the B final with preliminary times of 23.35, and 23.59, respectively.
Butler was the top Dartmouth finisher in the 200 IM prelims with a time of 2:05.13, just .13 off of the school record. Butler's time earned her a spot in the C final.
The Big Green continues with day two of the Ivy League Championship tomorrow (March 1) at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., with the finals set to start at 6 p.m.
(After Day 1)
1. Princeton - 473.5
2. Harvard - 412
3. Yale - 324
4. Columbia - 313
5. Dartmouth - 244
7. Penn - 178
8. Cornell - 147
200-yard Free Relay 1:32.48#
6th-(Nangle, Van Metre, Hengemuhle, Kami)
6th - Kendese Nangle 22.94#
11th - Mary Van Metre 23.24
16th-Siobhan Hengemuhle 23.55
18th - Sasha Alcon 23.59
19th - Charlotte Kamai 23.69
24th - Natalia Vecerek 23.84
30th - Emily Holt 24.33
400-yard Medley Relay 3:44.30#
6th- (Nangle, Williams, Holt, Kamai)
Note: Nangle set a new school record in the 100 back (54.97)
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