Women's Swimming & Diving Completes Impressive Opening Weekend At Big Al
Freshmen Sada Stewart and Nicole Larson both won three events apiece, while senior Sarah Furgatch added two wins, to send the Princeton women's swimming and diving team out to a terrific start to the 2012-13 season.
Stewart claimed wins in the 200 back, 400 IM and 500 free during the weekend, while Larson won the 100 free, 100 fly and 200 IM. Furgatch won both of her events, the 100 and 200 breast, during the two sessions held Saturday.
Both Stewart and Larson jumped into the Princeton All-Time Top 10. Stewart is now seventh at Princeton in both the 100 back (56.08) and 200 back (2:00.98), while Larson is 10th in the 100 fly (55.61).
Princeton also won all five relays over the weekend, including the 200 medley relay, which opened Saturday's competition. The team of Lisa Boyce, Sada Stewart, Carter Stephens and Laura Slater won the event in 1:45.99, while the quartet of Shirley Wang, Cara Slear, Kathy Qu and Maylin Meisenheimer edged Fordham for second in a time of 1:48.53.
Stewart brought best times in the IM that would immediately jump into the Princeton Top 5 all-time, and she showed that ability in winning the 400 IM in 4:28.54, more than six seconds faster than the rest of the field. Senior Sarah Furgatch placed third in 4:36.93, while junior Rebecca Lewinson took fourth in 4:36.94.
Princeton took the top five spots in the 100 fly, with freshman Nicole Larson taking the victory in 55.61. Boyce followed in 56.22, while freshmen Megan Karetnick (56.78) and Beverly Nguyen (56.88) took third and fourth. Stephens, the Princeton co-captain, placed fifth in 56.99
Lehigh's Courtney Patterson won the 200 free in 1:51.92, while Tiger freshman India Boland finished second in 1:55.66. Senior Kathy Qu, the other Princeton co-captain, followed with a third-place finish in 1:56.00.
Senior Sarah Furgatch picked up her first individual win of the weekend by taking the 100 breast in 1:06.19. Princeton sophomore Cara Slear and senior Jillian Altenburger both shared fourth with matching times of 1:07.24.
Fordham's Brienne Ryan won the 100 back in 55.79, while Stewart and Boyce went 2-3 in 56.08 and 57.69, respectively. Sophomore Shirley Wang added a fourth-place finish in 58.39.
Princeton went 1-2 in the 800 free relay, with the team of Nguyen, Altenburger, Stewart and Elizabeth McDonald winning in 7:38.22. The team of Larson, Furgatch, Qu and sophomore Courtney Ciardiello followed with a second-place time of 7:46.41.
Princeton took the top five spots, as well as seven of the top eight, in the 100 free. Larson won in 51.53, while Slater (52.83) held off Mallory Remick (53.19) for second. Altenburger (53.50) and Megan Lydzinski (53.54) rounded out the top five.
Furgatch swept the breast events by taking the 200 in 2:23.35. Sophomore Emily Yu placed fourth in 2:27.53. Stewart (2:03.30) topped classmates Nguyen (2:05.88) and Karetnick (2:06.56) to win the 200 fly.
Princeton closed the swimming competition with a win in the 400 free relay, as the team of Stewart, Boyce, Larson and Altenburger posted a victorious time of 3:27.94.
On the diving side, junior Randi Brown picked up a win in the 1-meter competition with 248.45 points, and she added a second-place finish on the 3-meter board with 257.65 points. Junior Rachel Zambrowicz took third in the 3-meter (254.00), while freshman Helen Zitkovsky took third in the 1-meter event.
Princeton will open the Ivy League portion of its schedule on Friday afternoon when it travels to Philadelphia to take on both Penn and Cornell.