February 12, 2008

Swimming Loses Final Dual Meet

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For the last time this season, the men’s and women’s swimming teams competed Saturday in front of a crowd at Teagle Pool. Swimming against Brown, the Red was unable to take a win from the Bears in the last dual meet of the season.
“We swam well and came up against a tough component who was very much focused on the meet. We had a number of really good performances; it’s just that they swam better. They were very well prepared,” said assistant coach Robin Dyer.
The men lost 176-124, although multiple people on the team picked up individual wins. The 200 medley relay team of junior Phil Baity, sophomore Nick Campbell, junior Jackson Wang and senior Brad Gorter started off the meet with a win. Baity also claimed first in the 100 back (50.85), and Gorter took first in the 50 free (20.80). However, the Red was notably weaker than the Bears in the distance event, giving up the top three spots in the 1000 free to Brown.
[img_assist|nid=27674|title=Don’t look back|desc=Although many individual Cornell swimmers earned first place finishes against Brown this weekend, both the men’s and women’s teams suffered losses.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]On the 3-meter diving board, junior diver Chris Donohoe also scored a first place finish for the team with a score of 318.00, 10 points higher than Brown’s Jonathon Speed. Freshman Mike Sheppard came in second on the 1-meter board with a score of 292.19.
“Chris Donohoe won the 3-meter event, and Brown has one of the best if not the best diver in the conference. For Chris to pick up that victory was a great performance,” Dyer said.
The women swam a tighter meet than the men, losing 162-138. Although carrying their losing streak to five meets in a row, the women were able to celebrate individual victories.
The Red took away six first place finishes. Senior Leah Tourtellote can be credited for half of those victories, having finished first in the 50 (24.12), 100 free (51.86) and the 100 fly (57.10). Tourtellote also swam anchor on the winning 400 free relay team, which included sophomores Emily Caras, Laura Acchione, and Jill Berlin. Caras also took a first place finish for the Red in the 200 free.
In the diving events, sophomore and first year diver Katie Aden got first in the 3-meter dive, scoring more than ten points higher than the second place finisher with a score of 245.55. Sophomore Gretchen Schroeder took third place with a score of 232.35, scoring just slightly below Brown. Sophomore Jen Park took second on the 1-meter board, the only diver to score in the top-3 for the Red with a score of 212.04.
The Red now has two weeks to rest and focus on strategy before it competes again at the Ivy Championships at Princeton.