By: Charlotte Brackett
HANOVER, N.H. – In its second meet in two days, the Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving team flew past Connecticut by a score of 154-83 at Karl Michael Pool on Saturday afternoon. The Big Green won eight events throughout the day.
Dartmouth got things started on a high note by breaking the pool record in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:36.29). The team of Mia Leko, Summer Martin, Laura Barthold and Ashley Post left 13 seconds between them and UConn in second, taking down the record from 2011 by just over half a second.
Sarah Minnigh was first in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:18.56), touching 13 seconds ahead of Ryan Dulaney in second. Alie Hunter earned a few points of her own by taking fourth (10:52.29). In the 100-yard IM, Dartmouth picked up seven points: Mackenzie Stumpf took second (59.41), Cathleen Li was fourth (1:00.51) and Martin came fifth (1:01.40). Stumpf placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.59) and was followed by Maggie Deppe-Walker in third (1:07.10) and Kenna Van Steyn in fifth (1:09.10).
In the 50-yard freestyle, four swimmers touched within two-tenths of a second. Zoe Wortzman led the way (24.45), while Ashley Post came in third (24.63). The Big Green divers won all 32 points. On 1-meter, Maggie Pionzio was first (276.45), while Isabella Lichen was second (257.92) and Allison Green took third (197.92). It was the same story on 3-meter: Pionzio earned another nine points with her second win of the day (292.35) and was followed by Lichen (232.64) and Green (189.37).
Dartmouth took third through fifth in the 200-yard IM, getting a total of six points. Susannah Laster finished highest (2:12.17), while Deppe-Walker (2:12.67) and Hunter (2:15.99) touched soon after. Li and Leko touched two one-hundredths of a second apart in the 100-yard fly, taking the top two spots with times of 57.08 and 57.10, respectively. Caroline Poleway came in fifth place (59.46).
Fifteen points went to Dartmouth after the 100-yard freestyle. Martin (52.54) and Post (53.12) went 1-2, while Wortzman came in fourth place (54.10). In the 100-yard backstroke, Connie Zhang placed second (58.88) and was followed soon after by Sophie Smith (1:00.32).
Leko and Minnigh finished in first and second in the 500-yard freestyle with times of 5:04.03 and 5:05.12. Molly Brickman picked up a point of her own by taking fifth (5:15.56). To end the meet and the weekend, Dartmouth was first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.76). Made up of Poleway, Stumpf, Li and Wortzman, the relay left six-tenths of a second between them and UConn.
Next up, Dartmouth will host the two-day Tate Ramsden Invitational on Jan. 25-26. The event honors former teammate Tate Ramsden ’17, who tragically passed away on Dec. 26, 2015.