Youthful Spark Sends Princeton Out To Sweeping Start At Big Al Open
Head coach Susan Teeter and assistant Suzanne Yee left the preseason feeling pretty good about their freshman class, but it's one thing to watch them in training sessions. It would be another to see them race in Orange and Black.
And while bigger tests will come, Opening Night was a smashing success.
Princeton opened both the Big Al Open and the 2012-13 season by sweeping all five events in Friday's first session of the Big Al Open. Freshmen won two of the three individual events, placed second in the third, and made up half of both winning relays.
It didn't take very long for the freshmen to make an impact on the Big Al Open. Princeton went 1-2 in the 200 free relay, and both Tiger quartets were half filled with members of the Class of 2016.
The winning relay was led off by freshman Nicole Larson, and included Boyce, freshman Elizabeth McDonald and senior co-captain Carter Stephens, which took the event in 1:34.75. Freshmen Megan Lydzinski and Morgan Karetnick joined senior Jillian Altenburger and junior Laura Slater to place second in 1:36.79.
Princeton freshmen went 1-2 in the 500, though Sada Stewart was the one who stole the show. She won the event by more than 2.5 seconds with a winning time of 4:57.61, while classmate India Boland followed in a time of 5:00.27.
The Tigers took the next three spots as well, with junior Maureen McCotter taking third in 5:01.92, sophomore Damaris Iriondo placing fourth in 5:02.05 and freshman Beverly Nguyen placing fifth in 5:05.82.
Larson won her first individual event in the 200 IM, and she did with a good showdown against Altenburger, a former 200 IM Ivy champion. Larson won the event in 2:04.27, while Altenburger finished second in 2:04.97.
Larson would be in another showdown with an Ivy champion in the 50 free, but she would have to settle for second in that one. Boyce, a three-time individual Ivy League champion in 2012, won the 50 free in 23.05, while Larson took second in 23.69. Stephens (24.02) and Slater (24.23) won 4-5 in the event.
Princeton finished the session with a victory in the 400 medley relay, as the team of Boyce, sophomore Cara Slear, Stewart and McDonald won in a time of 3:51.21. Princeton also took second, as the team of Sarah Wang, Sarah Furgatch, Karetnick and Altenburger finished in 3:52.94.
The Big Al Open concludes Saturday with a pair of sessions, one at 9 am and one at 2 pm. You can follow via live video or live results by clicking on the links above.