By: Charlotte Brackett
HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving concluded the Tate Ramsden Invitational on Saturday, defeating UMass by a score of 193-142.
Three Big Green swimmers ended up in a scoring position in the 400-yard IM: Melanya Zaraska finished highest in second (4:38.90) and was followed by Alie Hunter in third (4:40.56) and Molly Brickman in fifth (4:41.95), earning a total of eight points.
Dartmouth took second through fifth in the 100-yard fly, being led by Cathleen Li in second (58.06). Hi’ilani Hopkins (58.61), Katherine Cane (58.68) and Caroline Poleway (59.30) touched soon after. The Green picked up 14 points in the 200-yard freestyle when Mia Leko won (1:52.69), Summer Martin was second (1:55.96) and Emma Wagner came in fifth (1:58.24).
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Mackenzie Stumpf placed second (1:06.98), Kenna Van Steyn was fourth (1:07.85) and Maggie Deppe-Walker came fifth (1:08.33). Dartmouth took first and third in the 100-yard backstroke; Connie Zhang won her first event of the weekend (59.22), while Eleanor Zwart (59.95) out-touched a UMass swimmer by over half a second.
The Minutewomen won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.31 and were followed by two of the Big Green’s relays with times of 1:48.33 and 1:49.78. On the 1-meter diving board, Isabella Lichen finished in second place (269.10), while Maggie Pionzio was fourth (246.52).
To start the last session of the meet, Sarah Minnigh won the 1650-yard freestyle (17:23.38), Brickman was second (17:52.14) and Wagner placed fourth (18:09.34). Stumpf out-finished a UMass swimmer by two-tenths of a second to win the 200-yard breaststroke (2:08.61). Also swimming the event was Zhang, who placed fourth (2:11.64).
The Big Green took second through eighth in the 100-yard freestyle. Finishing in a scoring position were Ashley Post (52.29), Martin (52.31) and Laura Barthold (53.19). Dartmouth took the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke, being led by Deppe-Walker (2:25.76), while Zaraska (2:26.87) and Van Steyn (2:27.52) touched soon after. Leko won the 200-yard fly (2:06.06), leaving a four-second gap between her and a swimmer from UMass. Hopkins touched in fourth place (2:12.26).
To end the weekend, Dartmouth placed first and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with times of 3:32.16 and 3:36.22.
The Green will host Columbia next Saturday, Feb. 2, in the team’s final tune up before the Ivy League Championship (Feb. 20-23 at Princeton).