As all eyes in the Princeton swimming and diving community turn towards this weekend's Big Al Open, both present and former Tigers made news in the swimming world.
Swimmers across the country took to the track in October to prove who was the fastest collegiate swimmer by foot and in water for the first annual USA Triathlon/CSCAA Aquathlon Challenge. The competition consisted of a 500 free and 1600m run, completed on the same day, anytime in October. 243 athletes in sixteen NCAA programs from nine universities covering all three NCAA Divisions participated this year. Full results can be found at www.usattalentid.org.
The overall female winner was Princeton's Nicole Larson, who completed the event with a time of 10:57 (splits of 5:12 swim, 5:44 run). In second, with the fastest run, was Sonja Kent (11:07) from Division III Worchester Polytechnic Institute (5:41 swim, 5:21 run). Rounding out the podium was Larson's classmater, Elizabeth MacDonald (11:22).
Overall team standings were calculated using the cross country scoring method (the top five athletes from a University as compared to their gender scored for a team). The points that are given to an athlete are equal to the athlete's place.
Princeton's women placed 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 9th, which gave them a score of 26, good enough to win the overall team title.
"We used the Aquathlon Challenge as a Friday afternoon workout option in the early season for anyone who was healthy and physically able to run," Princeton assistant coach Suzanne Yee explained.
"Our team has a great intensity level and competitive nature that allows us to pick things up and see what we can do; I'm excited to see how we all do next year in comparison," Larson added.
While the current Tigers were excelling on the track and in the pool, former Princeton captain Susan Moody-de-Prieto '94, a captain on the Tigers' 1994 Ivy League championship squad, became the 25th American woman in history to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Watch a video from the event, as well as learn about the charity it support, here.
To learn how you can help this worthy group raise even greater awareness for Swim4Good, please go here and see how you can vote for them as the "Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."