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Women's Swimming and Diving Opens Ivy League Championship

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Danielle Kerr     By Mark Washburn

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Dartmouth women's swimming and diving program opened action at the 2012 Ivy League Championship today (Feb. 23). Dartmouth is sitting in sixth place with 221.5 points after the first day. The Big Green posted a school record in the 200-medley relay.

Harvard and Princeton are in a battle for the top spot with the Crimson leading with 432.5 points and the Tigers on their heels with 429.5 points. Yale is in third with 339.5 points while Columbia is in fourth with 285 points. Penn is just ahead of the Big Green with 222 points, just half a point ahead of the Big Green in sixth place. Brown and Cornell round out the competition with 185.5 and 160.5 points, respectively.

The Big Green opened the championships in impressive fashion in the 200-medley relay. The quartet of Isa Guardalabene (Albany, Calif.), Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.), Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) and Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.) combined for a sixth-place finish with a school record time of 1:34.02, besting the school record of 1:45.32 set in 2008 by better than 10 seconds.

Sophomore twins, Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) and Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) also earned points towards the team score with seventh and eighth-place finishes in the 500 free. Danielle Kerr was the first of the twin duo to cross the line with a time of 4:53.82 while Christine Kerr was just behind with a time of 4:56.64.

In the diving competition, 2010 Ivy League 1-meter champion, Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) took seventh place with a score of 259.50, earning 23 points toward the team school.

The Big Green also had several representatives in the 50 free. Van Metre led the Dartmouth contingent with a 13th place finish with a time of 23.95. Alcon was the Big Green's next finisher in 15th place with a time of 24.12. Guardalabene and Hengenmuhle rounded out the group in 18th and 21st place with times of 23.88 and 24.14, respectively. Guardalabene's finish was second in the C-final.

The Big Green continues with day two of the Ivy League Championship tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 24) at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., with the finals set to start at 6 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day 1)
1. Harvard - 432.5
2. Princeton - 429.5
3. Yale - 339.5
4. Columbia - 285
5. Penn - 222
6. Dartmouth - 221.5

7. Brown - 185.5
8. Cornell - 160.5

Dartmouth Finishers
200-yard Free Relay                   
6th - Dartmouth

(Guardalabene, Hengenmuhle, Alcon, Van Metre)

500-yard Freestyle
7th - Danielle Kerr                         4:53.83
8th - Christine Kerr                        4:56.64

200-yard Individual Medley
21st - Kendall Farnham                  2:06.70

50-yard Freestyle
13th - Mary Van Metre                    23.95
15th - Sasha Alcon                         24.12
18th - Isa Guardalabene                 23.88
21st - Siobhan Hengemuhle            24.14

1-meter Diving
7th - Erica Serpico                          259.50 pts

400-yard Medley Relay                3:48.99
8th - Dartmouth
(Sweeney, Williams, Farnham, Alcon)

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