HANOVER, N.H. – After winning all but one event on the first day of the Dartmouth Invitational, the Big Green women’s swimming and diving team are first with 57 points, sitting comfortably ahead of UMass with 36.
The Big Green got off on the right foot by coming in first place in the 200-yard medley relay (1:48.44). The A relay – made up of Caroline Poleway, Sam Norton, Kaitlin McCaw and Maddie Dunn – earned 11 points by out-touching UMass by less than half a second (1:48.93). The home team’s B relay was third (1:49.72).
Dartmouth took that momentum from the first relay into the 500-yard freestyle, taking three of the top four spots. AnnClaire MacArt was first (5:00.73) and was followed by Hayley Winter (5:07.05). UMass’ Olga Egkorova slipped into third place (5:10.81), while Laura Barthold touched in fourth (5:13.42).
In the 200-yard IM, the Big Green won 14 of the 19 possible points by taking first, third and fourth. Norton led the way (2:08.03), Molly Brickman was third (2:12.19) and Melanya Zaraska took fourth (2:12.76). Dunn won the 50-yard freestyle (24.55), out-touching Ansley Baker by two one-hundredths of a second.
Dartmouth’s divers competed on the 1-meter board to end the first day of competition. Allison Green finished highest for the Big Green in fourth (238.12), while Maggie Pionzio was sixth (218.54) and Allegra Codamon was seventh (205.11).
Day two of the Invite will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.