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Despite Larson Win, Tigers Need Big Saturday To Rally Past Harvard At Ivies

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/21/2014
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Nikki Larson won the 100 fly at the Ivy League Championships.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer


The Princeton women's swimming and diving team spent most of the season seeing the best from the rest of the league. On Saturday, the Tigers hope their single-best day is enough to rally past Harvard for the 2014 Ivy League championship.

Princeton will head into Saturday trailing the Crimson by 28 points with seven events remaining at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence. Harvard leads the field with 952 points, while Princeton stands second with 924.

The Tigers won their third relay of the weekend, and they also watched sophomore Nikki Larson pick up her first individual championship.

Princeton opened the day with a win in the 200 medley relay, as the quartet of Lisa Boyce, Olivia Chan, Larson and Morgan Karetnick won in a pool record time of 1:39.73, edging out Columbia by only .08 of a second.

Harvard made its biggest move of the session in the 1000 free with three of the top six finishers, but Princeton freshman Rebecca Fleming broke into the Top 10 with an eighth-place time of 9:58.71.

Sophomore Beverly Nguyen challenged for the 400 IM title, but her time of 4:15.65 came up just short of Yale's Emma Smith, who won in 4:15.17.

The Tigers first big individual event came in the 100 fly, as Larson claimed her first Ivy individual title in 52.73. It was the final step up the podium for Larson, who had both a second- and third-place finish in fly finals as a freshman. Karetnick, her classmate, finished as the runner-up in 53.59.

Princeton also had two finalists in the 200 free, with sophomore Mallory Remick leading the way in a sixth-place time of 1:49.22. Junior Reese Iriondo finished .01 of a second behind Remick to place seventh.

Chan took seventh in the 100 breast in 1:02.87, and Boyce barely missed her fourth straight 100 back title in a meet record time of 52.85. Harvard's Danielle Lee touched just before Boyce to win in 52.83. Sophomore Sada Stewart added a sixth-place time of 55.17, while Shirley Wang and Kathleen Mulligan went 1-2 in the consolation final.

The quartet of Iriondo, Remick, McDonald and Stewart capped the day with a third-place finish in 7:18.06.








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