HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2016-17 season at home on Saturday in a tri-meet against Ivy League rivals Harvard and Cornell.
The Big Green fell to both the Crimson (203-89) and the Big Red (188-111).
Dartmouth’s three divers opened the meet on the 3-meter board. Allison Green placed highest in third (259.30), while Maggie Pionzio was seventh (232.50) and Sloan Papa finished right behind her in eighth (231.50). Both Pionzio and Papa were diving in their first collegiate meet. Later on in the afternoon, Green was second on the 1-meter diving board (274.35) and Pionzio took seventh (220.55).
In the 200-yard medley relay, the Big Green placed sixth (1:48.90), leaving almost four seconds between them and the Big Red in seventh (1:52.63). AnnClaire MacArt got things started on the right foot, touching in second place in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:17.18) and finishing just four seconds out of first. Hayley Winter also swam the event, coming in fifth (10:28.90). MacArt also swam the 500-yard freestyle, touching in second place (5:02.20).
Taylor Yamahata was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (58.25), while Megan Crook took sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.67). Sam Norton’s win the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.65) was one of the highlights of the day, as she out-touched Meagan Popp of Harvard by just three tenths of a second. Norton also swam the 200-yard IM, taking third (2:08.59). Melanya Zaraska followed in fourth (2:13.14). In the 50-yard freestyle, Sophie Smith took fifth (24.55).
To end the day, Dartmouth placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:33.55). Made up of Crook, Sun, Zaraska and Smith, the home team finished less than two seconds behind Cornell. The Big Green’s B relay touched directly afterwards in third (3:32.21).
Dartmouth will return to the water on Dec. 2 for the three-day Big Al Invitational at Brown.