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Women's Swimming Sweeps Northeastern and Rhode Island

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Christine Kerr     By Tom McNeill (

BOSTON, Mass. - The Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team moved its dual meet record to 9-3 with dual meet wins over Northeastern and Rhode Island at Northeastern's Barletta Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.

The Big Green's depth was a crucial piece of the dual meet sweep as they split events with the Huskies en route to a 171-129 victory over their regional foe. The score wasn't as close against Rhode Island with the Big Green dominating, 234-66.

Dartmouth dominated the freestyle events, winning each of the events against both the Rams and Huskies. Sophomore Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) against showcased her dominance in the distance events, claiming the 1000 free title for the fourth time this season with a time of 10:19.83. The Big Green also went 1-2 in the 200 free. Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) won the event with a time of 1:54.19 and Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) was just on her heels with a time of 1:55.49.  

Classmate Kirstin Hocheder (Tucson, Ariz.) also had a great meet; swimming season-best times in all of her events which included a first place finish in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.02 and runner-up honors in the 1000 free with a time of 10:20.29.

Junior diver Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) continued her late season emergence and claimed both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles. Her winning score of 3:19.25 on the 3-meter board was four tenths of a point away from a Dartmouth varsity record. She also claimed the 1-meter with a score of 298.00.

The sprinters also had a nice afternoon. Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.) won the 50 free with a time of 24.93 while Alcon and Teva Levens (Palo Alto, Calif.) took third and fourth place with times of 25.09 and 25:32.  Alcon added to her tally with a win in the 100 free with a time of 53:12 while teammate Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) was second with a time of 53.79

The Big Green also added a 1-2 finish in the 400 relay to conclude the day. The group of Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.), Alcon, Hengemuhle and Elizabeth Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) took first place with a time of 3:35.30and the quartet of Leven, Danielle Kerr, Isa Guardalabene (Albany, Calif.) and Van Metre took runner up honors hitting the wall at 3:36.79.  

The women's squad joins up with the men's team on Sunday (Feb. 4) when they travel to UConn for a dual meet. The meet is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.