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Women's Swimming History & Honors

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 01/11/2011
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In its fourth decade of excellence, there have been plenty of student-athletes, coaches, victories and moments that have helped build the tradition of Princeton women's swimming and diving.

Here are some of the facts and figures, coaches and award winners who have helped build the tradition bit by bit, championship by championship.

All-Time Coaches

 Coach (Years)    W  
 Bill Farley (1971-75) 27 3 .900
 Dave Garretson (1975-77) 12 5 .706
 Jane Tyler Brown (1977-83) 44 9 .830
 Maura Costin (1983-84) 7 2 .778
 Susan Teeter (1984-present) 207 52 .799

Quick Facts

• Swimming was one of the original women’s varsity sports introduced at Princeton in the 1971-72 academic year. The others were basketball, crew, field hockey, squash and tennis.

• The Ivy League championship was determined by a league-wide meet from 1977 to 1982. Princeton dominated Ivy swimming during that time period, winning five of a possible six Ivy meets. From 1983 until 1996, single round-robin competition became the standard for crowning the league champion. In 1997, the Eastern Championship Meet became the Ivy League Championship meet, and it is the current system used to determine an Ivy League champion.

• A Princeton team of six women traveled to AIAW nationals in 1973 and finished third behind only Arizona State and Florida. The six were among the 348 women who participated, and they each made it to at least one final. Cathy Corcione ’74 set two national records in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle. She, along with teammates Jane Fremon ’75, Barb Franks ’76 and Carol Brown ’75, also won the 200-yard freestyle relay and established another national record in the process. The following year Corcione won national titles in the 100- and 200-yard individual medleys.

• The 800-yard free relay foursome of Diana Caskey ’85, Ann Heusner ’83, Liz Richardson ’84 and Betsy Lind ’85 were the last Princetonians to win a national title. They accomplished that feat at the 1982 AIAW meet.

• Current head coach Susan Teeter has guided the Tigers to 16 of Princeton's 21 Ivy League championships entering the 2013-14 season, including 11 of the last 13.

• The Princeton women's swimming and diving team won 47 straight meets between 1998 and 2004 to set a University athletics record. Princeton would win 42 consecutive between 2007-2012.

• As a freshman, Alicia Aemisegger placed second in the NCAA 400 IM and third in the NCAA 500 free finals, marking the best NCAA finishes ever by a Princeton woman. She would end up matching those finishes during her career, including another second-place finish in the 2010 mile. Aemisegger was named Swimmer of the Meeet at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Ivy League Championships. She ended her career with 12 Ivy individual titles, 13 All-America honors, the 2010 von Kienbusch Award and was voted the GoPrincetonTigers.com Female Athlete of the Decade.

• Princeton sent seven women to the 2008 NCAA Championships. Aemisegger earned first-team All-America honors in the 400 IM, 500 free and 1650 free, and she joined Meredith Monroe, Justina DiFazio and Brett Shiflett as All-America honorees in the 800 free relay.

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