LINKS: Complete Results l Day 1 Recap l Day 2 Recap
Junior Isabel Reis highlighted a tremendous Princeton performance in the 200 fly, and a deep effort in several events — including another strong showing in the diving well — helped the Tiger women hold off both Brown and Villanova to claim an exciting victory in the three-day Big Al Open this weekend at DeNunzio Pool.
Princeton, which trailed after the first day of the weekend event, grabbed the win with 872 points, while Brown finished second with 725 points. Villanova rounded out a strong effort by the top three teams by scoring 673 points. The Princeton-Brown and Princeton-Dartmouth dual meets were also scored this weekend, and those will be posted when available.
Senior Mary Kate Davis opened the final session of the weekend with a ninth-place finish in the mile (17:12.18), but then the Tigers followed with a big move in the 200 back. Princeton had half of the A finalists, including freshman Stephanie Nelson, who finished third in 1:58.89. Sophomore Christie Chong finished sixth in 1:59.29, while freshman Ailee Mendoza took seventh in 2:03.00. Former Ivy League 200 back champion Lindsay Temple, who battled injuries throughout last season, took eighth in 2:03.64.
Senior tri-captain Maddy Veith made the A final in the 100 free and finished eighth in 51.24, and freshman teammate Jenny Ma followed with a runner-up finish in the 200 breast (2:14.67). Sophomore Shaelyn Choi also made the A final and took seventh in 2:19.47.
Still needing a strong finish to secure the Big Al win, the Princeton women claimed three of the top four spots in the 200 fly. Junior Isabel Reis dropped nearly 1.5 seconds from her prelim to grab the win in 1:57.94, while sophomore teammate Elaine Zhou went under 2:00 (1:59.75) to finish second. Junior tri-captain Joanna Curry added a fourth-place finish in 2:00.31.
For the second straight day, the Tiger divers got the job done in impressive fashion, as four reached the 3-meter diving finals. Sophomore Natasha MacManus finished second with 287.10 points, while freshman Sine Scribbick took third with 274.25 points. Junior Carolyn MacFarlane finished fourth with 270.40 points, while sophomore Katrin Lewis took seventh with 219.55 points.
The Tigers rounded out the swimming events with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay, as the quartet of Reis, senior tri-captain Claire McIlmail, freshman Lauren McGrath, and Veith finished in 3:21.88.
Princeton will compete the first half of its schedule this Friday when it hosts Columbia at DeNunzio Pool in a meet that will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network.