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Four New Records on Second Day of Ivy League Championships

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Rebecca Butler     By Mark Washburn

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Dartmouth women's swimming team had a great second day of action at the 2012 Ivy League Championship highlighted by four new school records and a third place finish in the 200 free.

The Big Green is sitting in sixth place after two days of competition with a score of 536.50, on the heels of Penn who has 539 points. Harvard has put some distance between themselves and Princeton, holding the top spot with a score of 942.5 while Princeton is second with 850.5 points. Yale is in third with 739.5 and Columbia is in fourth with 716 points.

Sophomore Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) set a school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.60, good enough for a third-place finish. Her time was .36 seconds faster than the old record of 1:48.96, which Kerr set at this very same meet last season.  Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) continued her long distance dominance this season and took fourth in the 1000 free with a time of 10:00.99.

Freshman Rebecca Butler (West Orange, N.J.) had a great swim in the 400 IM and set a new school record with a time of 4:23.96, good for runner-up honors in the consolation final. Her time was two seconds faster than the previous school record of 4:25.33, set by teammate Danielle Kerr last season. Also performing well in the 400 IM was senior co-captain Galen Barry (Wayne, Pa.) and Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.), finishing 1-2 in the third final. Williams led the way with a time of 4:26.67 and Barry was on her heels with a time of 4:26.76.

Barry also won the third final in the 100 back with a time of 56.99. Teammates Valerie Orellana (Arleta, Calif.) and Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.) finished in 13th and 14th place in the consolation final with times of 56.90 and 56.92.

Williams also took 11th place in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.54, earning 11 points towards the Dartmouth team score.

Dartmouth divers Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass.) and Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) also performed well with ninth and 10 th place finishes in the 3-meter consolation final with 268.80 and 267.00 points, respectively.

Dartmouth's relay teams continued to be impressive, also setting two new records tonight. The 200 medley relay group of Orellana, Williams, Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.) and Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.)  combined to swim a 1:44.56, breaking the previous school record of 1:45.42 set in 2008.  The highlight of the day's relays was the 800 free relay that turned in fourth-place performance with a time of 7:24.85, over a second faster than the school record of 7:25. 41. The quartet Christine Kerr, Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.), Hengemuhle and Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) combined to earn 52 points for the Big Green.

The Big Green concludes the 2012 Ivy League Championship tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25). Preliminary competition begins at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony.

Team Standings (After Day 2)
1. Harvard - 942.5
2. Princeton - 850.5
3. Yale - 739.5
4. Columbia - 716
5. Penn - 539
6. Dartmouth - 536.5
7. Brown - 484.5
8. Cornell - 461.5

Dartmouth Finishers
200-yard Medley Relay                 
8th - Dartmouth

(Orellana, Williams, Farnham, Hengemuhle)

1000-yard Freestyle
4th - Danielle Kerr                            10:00.99
18th - Erin Henn                              10:23.92

400-yard Individual Medley
10th - Rebecca Butler                       4:23.96#
17th- Charlotte Williams                   4:26.67
18th - Galen Barry                           4:26.76
24th - Meredith Sweeney                  4:33.58

100-yard Butterfly
12th - Kelsey Pinson                      56.12
14th - Kendall Farnham                  56.32
17th - Valerie Orellana                   56.06
18th - Caitlin Nicholson                  56.41

200-yard Freestyle
3rd - Christine Kerr                          1:48.60#
11th - Sasha Alcon                          1:51.33
16th - Siobhan Hengemuhle             1:51.97
24th - Mary Van Metre                     1:54.19

100-yard Breaststroke                
11th - Charlotte Williams                 1:04.54

100-yard Backstroke
13th - Meredith Sweeney                 56.90
14th - Valerie Orellana                    56.92
17th - Galen Barry                          56.99
24th - Isa Guardalabene                  58.56

800 yard Freestyle Relay               7:24.85#                  
4th - Dartmouth
(C. Kerr, Hengemuhle, Alcon, D. Kerr)

3-Meter Diving (Consolation)
9. Katy Feng                                   268.80 pts
10. Erica Serpico                             267.00 pts

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